5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Bottle: Deep caramel, hints of ruby, large light beige head, foamy, nice lacing, loads of sediment on the bottom. Sweet malty character, slight hop on the nose, caramel, pine, a bit of graininess as well. Somewhat astringent graininess on first sip. Not as sweet as the nose suggested. A bit of a metallic taste as well. Predominantly hoppy up front, with a weak malt base for a Barley Wine. Body and mouthfeel aren’t as big or full as I would have liked. This one almost comes across as a slightly over malted IPA. ABV is well hidden at least. Average. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Indiana_Red, wohlfs has since surprised me with one. Thanks to the both of you. Dark copper amber with off-white head, fades rather quickly to just film. Big caramel malt and mollasses aroma, dark fruits in background. Flavor is a bit of a let down after the aroma. Faint caramel malt, huge cardboard dryness, alcohol makes it’s presence felt. Slightly metallic like character in the finish. Middle of the road BW. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Malty aroma of molasses, toffee, and slight hints of banana bread. Pours a somewhat transparent orangish-red with a nice off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Molasses, toffee, caramel, and real light hints of banana bread. Finishes with a moderate citrus hop finish. Well balanced, but flavors aren’t as big and bold as I expect in a barley wine. MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
thanks Styles. Pours a ruby brown with a little haze. wih little to no head and not much lacing Aroma was quite boring with the usual and a faint barley earthy smell. Flavor is mild citrus, hops carmel and soy. Quite basic for a barley wine CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours a deep copper ruby with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Has an artificial almost medicinal candy-hop aroma with some caramel malty character and grapes. Body displays semi-sweet caramel and earthy pine flavor toward a crisp finish. I don’t know if it’s the particular hop used, but the aroma really put me off. Thanks to MrFacto for sharing.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle- Pours a dark amber color, small white head, with lacing towards the edgees, Aroma is of vanilla fresh cream, cherries, lemons. Flavor is citrusy hops, sweet caramel and dark fruits, cherries, over all balanced and tasty. JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Lightly hazed copper color with a hint of rudy. Small lid of beige bubbles. Sweet heavy malt with hints of cherry liqueur, brandy, caramel and hint of hops. Nutty malt flavors mix with earthy hops and dark toffee. Spicy and nearly hot in the finish. Straightforward strong barleywine. Thanks Matt. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
At Bootopia,thanks to whomever brought this. Aroma was sweet malt and caramel. Poure was a copper color with a tan head. Flavor was same as nose with some hops in background. Palate was okay but the finish really left you with a cardboardy type taste. Overall not bad. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Translucent cherry copper in color with dusty tan streaks and a wrung around the edges to serve as the head. Ripe cherry juice in the aroma, with traces of figs, bing cherries, Manhattans and caramel drenched cranberries. Some bitter cleanliness in the flavor, dancing where the backend of the tongue hits the roof of the mouth. Looking past the jovial tendencies (harsh hopping profile), we’re dealing with moderate malt sweetening to concoct a dark fruit combination of cranberries, prunes and black cherries. Thanks for sharing, MrFacto! YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Appealing ruby body beneath a nice beige head gives off notes of sweet caramel malts, citrusy hops, sweet berries, butter brickle, and cherries jubilee. Light carbonation with a medium body. The flavor was sweet with hints of alcohol and fruit.