Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Headless muddy copper, very austere looking. Undistinctive, chaotic unintegrated sweet mess hits the nose with aggressive chocolate, candied caramel, earthy, marshmallow notes. All very sweet and unpolished. Dusty bready yeast doesn’t exactly thrive to add balance in this. Surprisingly well contained alcohol, in an English way. Rather complex fruit suggestions range (apple, banana, grape, date..), but the amalgamation is poor, unclean. Woody, soy sauce flavours get kicked in in mouth, but the damage is done. Surprisingly small-medium body, liquorous slick texture, flatish carbonation. Weak example. Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is a good beer. It has a stout taste but goes down smooth. I like to drink 4 in a row and get a hella buzz. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours to a reverse cascading head that is huge creamy and rocky and beige. The body is a deep brown with shiny red highlights. Excellent lacing. The aroma is chocolate, anise, brown sugar, oak. The flavor is sweet, oak, cooked turbinado sugars, and chocolate. The palate is a little sticky and feels watery perhaps due to filtering. :( Would be better if it wasn’t. QUESTor (5) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
One of the finest I’ve Had This Year. A big Barley Wine. Definitely Thick with a little black berry and some Chocolate aftertaste. Good kick, but not really dominated by the the higher ABV. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Poured dark amber with a sizable tan head. Good lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma had caramel, pinapple, courant, chocolate and liquorice. The caramel was great in the taste. There was some berry in it as well. Very good caramel mouthfeel. This was an impressive brew but it doesn’t quite rank up there with the top Barley Wines.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Opaque brown color. Strong liquorish and some chocolate in the nose. Liquorish dominates the flavor at the begining. Strong alcohol flavor and some chocolate as beer warms. Decent barleywine. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 29, 2005
A caramel and herbal aroma to the beer. Pours a nice golden color with an off white head. Strong alchohol taste with hops heavily present. Has a medium body and a nice finish. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2005
I’m surprised this is as low as it is. This is a delicious and well-defined BW, IMO. Aroma has a nice herbal bouquet along with some rich malts, and there is a really full malt sweetness in the flavor, balanced by a touch of hops at the end. The alcohol really comes through and dominates the finish, though never in a bad way, really. The palate is real creamy as well. Braudog (6836) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Dark brown with a red tinge and thin tan head. Stark alcohol sugar aroma. Syrupy burnt brown sugar essence with a strong tart grape overbite. I’m no barleywine fan, so maybe I’m jaded, but you gotta be in the mood for this potion. Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Amanzing odor, very unique smell, very pretty reddish color. Sweet flavor, strong alcohol flavor, perhaps too much so. Heavy and fuzzy/bubbly mouth feel.