ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours dark reddish brown with smallish off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit and hops. Flavor is very sweet, quite strong, some alcohol. Bananas, dark fruit, toffee, caramel. Very warming alcohol finish. Nice brew, but alittle too sweet. Would do well with a couple of years to mellow. DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
an assault to the taste buds, little subtlety in the sweet roasted cherry tartness. A little smoky, but mostly a scorched candy flavor. Very sharp intial zap on the back of the tongue and then a syrupy aftertaste //
too strong, too acidic, too fruity //
light head effect, more to the front sinus area and ears
//. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2005
smooth rich and malty, a decent barley wine. ive had a bottle of this forever, but i chose to buy some at the store and try it instead. not very hoppy, pretty sweet, an average barley wine. good at best. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The dark sweetness and warming oaky/bourbon-y alcohol finish let you know you’re drinking a barley wine. The malts are so well defined that the actual use of hops in the brewing process becomes an enigma. Flaked oats are suspended in this thick bodied brew. Molasses, dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs, cherries, plums), brown sugar. Quite appetizing if a sweet desert beer is called for to end a meal. can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2005
An intense brew, so much going on. Very wine-like, fruity, malty, and bold. It is almost too sweet and rich for my liking, but it is well crafted. deep rich colour, no head at all, and a little more carbonation might be nice.
lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle. Vintage: 2005 B. A deep, grape juice ruby body with a British khaki head on top. Aroma of figs, dark cherries, licorice, brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. Medium-bodied, though thin for a barley wine. An almost unremarkable taste. Very subtle caramel flavors. Some oakiness. Mainly just candied sugars and alcohol. Nothing special. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a fine, well maintained head. Nose of malt and alcohol. Thick, almost cloying mouthfeel with predominate carmel flavor. Some hops bitterness in the finish with little hop aroma or flavor. Not a bad barlleywine, but I’’ve had much better. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2005 - Deep hazed brownish crimson, thick creamy tan head. Interesting nose of brown sugar coated orange rind, toffee, banana chips, booze, fig and cherry. Flavor was dark and malty with more notes of cherry, fig, alcohol, and banana bread. Everything seems to sit on top of a large hop back bone, but it never quite comes together with the massive malt profile. Age will definitely do wonders here. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not a top BW by any means, but certainly worth a try...
ABUSEDGOAT (2757) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Huge malty alcoholic aroma after a very dark reddish brown pour with no head. Raisins and plums come into play as well. Alcohol is definitely there, but not overpowering either. Finishes sweet. Got a lot better as it warmed. A nice sipper. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Huge malt aroma with licorice and...this sounds weired, but it kind of has the olfactory equivelant of the texture of liver. I know it sounds odd, but it leaves me that impression. Deep garnet color with no head at all. Sweet malt and strong black licorice flavors...a hint of sasparilla and a rounded smooth finish. Pleasant to sip at.