gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear, reddish copper pour with a solid white head with good retention. Sticky lace. Sweet caramel, vanilla, malty and high alcohol nose. Caramel apple and woody flavor with a peppery finish. Thick, creamy and smooth. Very good. Hard to mask the alcohol though. No Old Horizontal but we’ll see after it ages some. Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is rather sweet caramel and citrus and a light hop smell too. Pours a transparent copper with a decent white head but not a lot of retention. Sweet caramel up front with some citrus and a decent hop finish. Alcohol flavor in the finish increases as you drink. Kind of like a IIPA alcohol finish. This is different and doesn’t really make me think of a barley wine. I’d prefer to stick with their 60,90, or 120. A little let down with this one. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bright orange color, minimal head. Malty aroma, caramel, alcohol and whisky. Hard hitting malt flavor, oak is in the mix, caramel again, sticky yet drying alcohol finish (you didn’t think they could actually hide that 15%. Solid, yet a bit one dimensional, particularly in comparison to the Immortale. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Odd color for a barleywine, pineapple mango or some exotic fruit plus a lot of malt in the aroma, along with a distinct alcohol presence, high fruit (apple) and malt taste with alcohol in the aftertaste. Tastes reminded me of the 120. Good but not great, at least not yet. jtw (1164) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
pours like....umm....a blonde ale. thin ring of head around along the edge touching the glass. super-fruity aroma, lots of malt. mostly pineapple, orange, regular apple--but reading the description i guess figs and dates make sense too. thick mouthfeel despite the monstrous attenuation, and a lightly floral hoppy finish. not bad, although i don’t really think this is a barley wine....
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Malty sweet and honey. Vanilla, oak, fruity hops. Vinuous with some alcohol vapors. Golden brilliant amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium thick watery body with medium carbonation. Sweet malty start with honey and vanilla, alcohol. Warming sensation. Nice fruity bitterness in finish and after. Sweetness is pretty heavy, but bitter hops help cut it. After is short of cloying, but not by much. Would like to try again aged. Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
bottle from new beer.Bright Bronze/copper orange color, No head Fruity boozy Aroma . grapfruitness. Burning citrius flavor ,thick syurp body.Very good barley wine. gotta dig a hole and save one Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Brown/orange w/ gold highlights, thin lasting head and thick lacing. Soury fermented fruit w/ citrus notes on the nose... Soury fermented fruit w/ hints of grapefruit and citrus notes in the mouth... The mouthfeel was light and crisp w/ slight effervescence. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer came courtesy of eyedrinkale at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens last night. This beer pours a clear amber and light yellow mix color..very atypical of a barleywine..almost confusing. There was no head and no lacing here as would be expected with a ridiculously alcoholic brew. The aroma is all over the alcohol, and caramel as is typical with barleywines. Vinous hints as well, but pretty mainstream nose. The flavor is full bodied from the brandy-like alcohol tinge... some citrus and orange, heavy malts and fruit peels...finish is syrupy oily mouthfeel, thick sweet and tangy. Big time tang and bittering hops... this beat the living hell out of my palate, but it was still fun! P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
zach says its ugly and I agree. honey, syrupy nose, a bit of muscat grape flavor, butterscotch, late alc and whiskey, very warming and likely far too young.