drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
I picked ths one up on a whim to share with Murph (pdee) and it turned out to be one of the better beers we tried. Extremely floral, Brian smelled rose petals but I thought he was imagining things due to the name until I took a whiff and the perfumy hops really do share character with rose buds...unbelievable. The flavor is similar but less perfume and far more crisp, grassy and fresh cut flowers. Not to be outdone the malt profile is there backing things up and doing quite a good job at keeping all this organic matter in line. It is interesting that this is considered a barley wine, it is strong, but is could easily go as an Imperial IPA. Reminds me a bit like a super flowerized version of the Old Guardian. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Unbelieveable floral aroma of rose pedals. Solid head with a cloudy, pasty brown color. Taste is sweet and malty yet still balanced with the hoppy, bitter finish. Alcohol well masked. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
This brew pours with a reddish-orange body topped by a meidum thick head with decent lacing. The aroma is sweet and lemony with slight malt notes and a nice hop note. The flavor is sweet and lemony with a slightly piney hop note and a good maltiness. Medium bodied, smooth and dry. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2004 poured a clear red amber and exhibited a hoppy aroma with overly hoppy flavors semi-clashing with the high alcohol thus being overly minty and resiny yet thick. However, its not too shabby really. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Clear ruby. Light but very nice hop aroma, touches of fruit, pine, and sweet malts too. Flavor is a little lacking in comparison to the aroma. Fairly average sweet caramel malt flavor. Some malt astringency, and a touch smoky. Good hop flavor with a sweet finish. Parts of this are really nice, but I'm not that taken by the hints of astringency in the malt flavor.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Fairly dark amber with ruby glints. Tall dirty head. Sweet spicey aroma, lots of caramelized sugar, backed by a litle vanilla and fruit. Toast coming on in the taste. Not as sweet as most barleywines that I've had. Moderate to high bitterness. Basic barleywine. nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours dark red, very little head. A little sweet, a little spicey. 6.2% is very very low for a barleywine. Watery. Not so good. rich42 (128) - USA - JAN 15, 2003
fairly nice - decent malt, well hopped - with good spiciness. slightly sweet - but not out of character... really only 6.2%? - seems more like 9.5% or so. now that I think about it - maybe it is that low in abv... pretty good, but not exceptional barely wine. KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Aroma is estery and lightly sweet...Color is a beautiful, clear, deep red-amber...Wispy head and light spotted lace...Flavor is extremely dry and slightly astringent---traces of winey sweetness accompany...The finish is medium-light but also very dry...This is quite light-bodied for such a potent brew, and herein resides the problem: this brew lacks anything approaching basic richness that one looks for in a barley wine...I found this rather disappointing...