RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a large khaki head, creamy and long lasting. Aroma is dominated by the hops, and they are very citrusy, floral, and somehow dark. A little roast, lightly charred grass, chocolate, cinnemon, and a small amount of dough. Taste attacks pretty strongly with a hop presence that is floral, grapefruity, and almost has dark raspberry quality. A bit of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, and a sort of stinging licorice flavor. Any sweetness is overtaken by hops are comes off pretty bitter. Finishes with a bitter grapefruity flavor an earthy charred aftertaste. The bitterness is plain and doesn’t really have much flavor. Full bodied for sure, well carbonated, very drinkable still, and a bit hot (makes the hops seem even stronger). This isn’t as strong as Old Crustacean, but it’s in that ballpark. Will it age as nicely? Thanks to my Secret Santa for this bottle!
ABUSEDGOAT (2673) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, moderate hops. Medium bodied, fairly sweet. ABSOLUTELY no an IIPA, definitely a BW like the label says. Flavors weren’t special, but pretty good balance. Went great with bread and cheese.
Ibrew2or3 (8378) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Thanks for opening this beer that was on my wants list. Pours deep brown with lasting tan head. The aroma is hoppy and earthy. Underneath that is an upwelling of sweet caramel candy. The taste begins with a pulse of pine, grass and earthy hop bitterness. Behind the hops is a caramel-y sweet river of goodness that is nearly hidden by the hops. Wow, nice thick mouth feel too. Taste similar to a lot of Am. Strong Ales I’ve had. The ABV is only moderately apparent and not at all distracting.
EithCubes (5707) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an interesting bottle to drink: it survived a bad car crash with me. Well, about half of it did; presumably, the rest seeped through a small space under the otherwise still-secured cap. So, perhaps not a fair rating, but if any beer is going to hold up to the strain, it’d be a Barley Wine. Still has an absolutely delicious hoppy nose, one FFF would enjoy, huge fruity and citric C hops [turns out to be Columbus, Chinook, and Centennial] with big meaty caramel and a touch of cereal grain. A bit more exotic than, but in the same class as a Dreadnaught. Dark mahogany pour is near-opaque, with a rocky, tiny-bubbled light brown head. Medium body, strongly bitter but not overpowering, drenched in hops and leaving a smooth, dry and very hoppy aftertaste. Very natural, organic, sticky hop flavor. Has some of the tones of a Big Burly Resin Monster [which I should copyright], but none of the grit or depression. Alcohol is well-integrated until the end, when things get a bit fumy. Much smoother and classier than is usual with the style, especially moreso than a lot of big double IPAs, but may have needed a few days of inadvertent exposure to air to get to this point. As it is, fantastic Barleywine!
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin tan head on a dark reddish body. This beer gives an impression of warmth and is very well suited for enjoying in long Winter nights.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish-brown body with a very thin tan head around the sides of the snifter. Pleasantly bitter, hoppy aroma with a slightly malty essence. The hoppiness abounds in the flavor. Bitterness galore. The alcohol is quite a punch. I wonder if it will mellow with age, but now its a little much for me. Promises lots of goodness.
notalush (5796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red beer, with a dense tan head - aroma of fig, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and spices, all with a constant undercurrent of earthy hops - the same could be said of the flavor - it’s got a constant hop presence which is rather strong, but still remains subordinate to the other flavors (raisins, rolled oats, molasses, caramel, faint wheaty tanginess) - the bitter and tangy qualities linger in the finish - quite a nice brew.
dwyerpg (5879) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
an IPA? Somce confusion abounds here, as the bottle says barleywine. Smells like raisins and alcohol. A tasty beer, with many characters, including a good dose fo caramel. Sweet and strong and excellent.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker brown color with a nice looking head. Aroma is dominated by some honey and chocolate along with some citra-piney hops. Flavor is a pretty good citra-pine hop dominated ball of mediocrity that gets a bit better with warmth. Some subtle chocolate and sugary-bready sweetness in there too. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad, just didn’t meet my expectations. I guess this one is closest to Stone 11th or Avery 14th anniv. without the hop forwardeyness.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber, almost cloudy brown color into the tulip with a head of tan that stuck around. A sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. Immediatate scents of hops and chocolate rushed the nose with hints of malt and sugar. Tastes of some piney hops and and brown sugar are balanced well by the malt flavors. This beer seemed a little to harsh to me for some reason. I would like to cellar it for a while to see if it can smooth out. The alcohol was very apparent in the finish.