tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
amber ale with a huge off-white head. aroma of fruit and malt. flavor is sweet, with fruity hop and nice warmth, but a bit watery. finish is slightly bitter and sweet. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2008
I think it’s hard to mess up a barley wine. Maybe I’m biased towards the style, but I’ve never had one I disliked. This beer was pleasantly very sweet but didn’t hide it’s alcohol very well, and the hops were a bit off balance. A little astringent tasting, sort of like a mouth full of salty sand. It pours a beautiful perfectly transparent apple juice color that is just phenomenal. The aroma is fairly skunky of macro lager beer and rotten kool-aid. Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2007
0.5l bottle. Copper amber color with small head. Sweet caramelly and biscuity aroma with plenty of fruity esters (banana, pear) and solvent. Sweet, fruity, biscuity and caramelly flavor with overload of solvent and sharp alcohols. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Copper in color, smells of bananas and sweet malts, fluffy beige head that stays around....fresh on the nose...over-ripe banana flavors, some alcohol, creamy yet full body...sweet notes throughout....this creation....bought it for the label, and well its a good friggin barley wine....sweet finish DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
pours a crystal clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of malts and sugary candy...maybe a candy necklace? Flavor of a double heineken skunk with heavy white and brown sugar added. Bits of fruit, but I have no clue what. Did they throw in some used big league chew, and god, what flavor? Strong burn of alcohol. What is going on in this beer? I keep taking sips hoping to figure it out, but I don’t think that will work. Feels like razors of sugar cutting my tongue. Easily the worst barley wine I’ve ever drank.
leaparsons (10866) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Light brown and gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some peppery notes with evident alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar with lots of caramel. Spicy hops and alcohol follow. Quite clean in flavour with warming, some harsh, alcohol. Lip numbing but OK overall. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours nice clear amber color with offwhite froathy head. Aroma is mixed fruits and caramel with slight alcohol undertone. Flavor is very malty and caramely with some fruit presence and definite alcohol flavor. Overall, decent. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle... Crystal clear amber in color with a pillowy white head - lots of lace. Aroma is very sweet with a strong nose of cane syrup. Flavor is very floral, sweet, almost cloying. There is a strong appearance of alcohol especially towards the finish. A very decent barley wine. dwyerpg (6498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A decent aroma. Could use a lot more molasses. Has a strong alcohol presence. Almost tastes more like a malt liqour. A bit disappointing. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Decent stuff for a Christmas themed beer. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but for an inexpensive barleywine on a cold December evening...this will do. Aroma is very fruity. Almost like smelling a fruit salad, with no real discernable fruit...just...fruit. And sweetness...caramel. Appearance is medium orange in color with barely any head to speak of. Flavors were caramel, alcohol and that’s really about it. No real bitterness I could detect. Overall, final impressions were that it wasn’t bad. I might get another bottle next year if I see it, but if I don’t...oh well.