verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2005
2005 bottle: Body is a dark amber, almost mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is hops and slight citrus. Taste is big, pungent, bitter hops, backed by syrupy, caramel flavors. I underestimated this beer. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2005 bottle. Amber red with little head. Sweet, floral, hoppy aroma. Lots of bittering hops in the flavor. Somewhat light and dry. Off balance towards the hops. I bet this will be great in a year or two. celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This bottled release is 2005 Expedition. Poured medium amber color with nice head that shrunk a bit but lingered. Good lacing, decent carbonation. Sweetness from the start and nice fruityness. Slight hoppy finish. A good beer you shoulldn’t pass up. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this. Deep amber orange color with a thick off white head. Vanilla and roasted malt show on the nose with some pine and light fruit aromas. Rich mouthfeel with an intial sweetness that gives way to a bitter drying finish. Lots of carmel, vanilla, pine, rich fruit, and more. Really an awesome beer though personally at it’s best 3 years out this one is only 1 yr old! NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 23, 2005
’03 vintage, sampled on 1/23/05.
Mahogany color topped with a tan head. Sweet aroma, with notes of carmel, cookie dough and a looming bitterness hangs underneath all of it. Very rich flavors. Lots of crystal malt, maple syrup and resiny hops. Lingering bitterness on the finish with a light smokey note. Quite good, but almost too malty/sweet.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 I fell in love with this brew/style immediately...Dark reddish brown, malty caramel, and LOTS of HOPS! Okay, I need more...RERATE: now that I’ve had more barleywines, not too fond of the hops in this -- too much grapefruit. JK (6160) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2005
’04. Hop aroma. Red. Flavor of hops then sweet syrup. Sweet finish. A hopped barleywine, it would benefit from less bitter flavor. jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Imperial IPA is more like it. Hops, Hops and more Hops. Zero Malts. Not really a barley wine. thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2005
Tasted a 2004 bottle while in the US. (wish I could have aged it) Big hoppy nose with the expected citrusy/piney aromas of American hops. Pours out to a deep red color with a lasting off-white head that hangs around despite the high alcohol content. Starts off with crystal malt flavors of caramel and toffee which are quickly swamped by intense hoppy flavor which leads to an intense, lasting bitter finish. A medium-low carbonation and very full body give it a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. I’m not very partial to the american hops in this quantity in a beer. i’m sure this one is better if given time to age and the bitterness/hoppiness can mellow out, but these flavors are a little sharp/astringent when young. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. 2004 bottle. Amber in color with a nice white fluffy head. Hoppy and malty. Nice hop flavor. Caramel flavor. Full bodied. Well balanced. Decent beer.