badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark brown color with a thin head. Sweet malty nose with a little sugar to it. Oddly enough, the taste switches to slightly bitter, coupled with some nice coffee notes. Kind of an odd barley wine, but definitely enjoyable. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle: Blackened caramel, plum highlights, moderate tan colored head, foamy, nice lacing. Rich malty nose, strong biscuit, a touch of apple or pear skin. Fairly sweet malty start, quite biscuity, even a little bit of soy. Slight hop bite on first sip, lingers well after. Noticeable metallic finish, very tin like. Body is fairly robust, mouthfeel isn’t as viscous as I would have liked. Needs to be sweeter and more citrusy, especially on the finish. Too malt oriented with a bitterness that doesn’t seem to come from hopping. Thanks Stephen for the bottles! Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Very good. Very malty, slightly metallic with traces of hops left behind. Has a tinge of lemon zest. Nice mouthfeel. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Poured a slightly hazed mahogany color. Malty aroma with some fruitiness and a touch of soap. Caramel and fruity flavors with a moderately bitter finish. A good bit of warmth from the alcohol. 7,4,7,4,15,3.7legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
GABF 2006:Slightly hazy brown color with a medium sized beige head. Fresh hoppy pellet aroma of pine with a sweet fruity malt base. More sweet fruity malt in the flavor. The flavor is fairly thick. Big bitterness and hop finish. Warming in the throat. Bigger hop presence this time bings the score up.
A very one sided BW. Very heavily malted flavors- oh, this is there second anniversary? Goes to figure- this is a very pedesetrian offering.
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark mahogany with only film. Aroma has huge caramel and toffee up front with some piney resin in the background. Flavor much the same, very sweet caramel malt up front, with lots of piney hops as it warms. Has a burnt grain/smokiness in the finish. Very weell done. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2005
22oz bottle from fordest and darkelf. Pours a dark brown/amber color. Nose is chocolaty and malty. Taste is a very sweet caramel chocolalte flavor. Finishes with some light bitterness and a caramel aftertaste. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled. murky brown color. malty nose with tons of hops stillevident. Also has a detracting menthol note to it. Flavor is malty and chocolaty but somewhat thin in flavor. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 25, 2005
A "west coast" style barley wine, meaning they bitter the malt to death. This would age well, if the bitterness calms down. Reminiscent of Stone beers, heavy handed hoppiness. I do detect a bit of raisiny sweetness on the finish as it warms... Special B? Very good beer, and an excellent value. I may lay down a case for a year or two. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Thanks Herbjones! Well made barley wine, sort of in the mold of DBL Bastard. Aroma is sharply(from the alcohol) fruity(figs, raisins& mangoes)sweet with the hops coming in as pine, rotting leaves and twigs. Flavor is fairly tart. Finishes fairly sweet with the tartness from the hops completing the full tasting.