BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Tawny amber color, light head and lacing. Nose of light vegetal hops and caramel malts. The flavor isn’t very bitter. Light sweet musky malts and grassy notes. The flavor also lacking any hop and malt character. Not bad, oh wait, no, it is. Just kidding, but not really. Nothing really going here. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Sparkling rusty orange, thin tan fizzy head. Room temp brings an intense nose of grapefruit, spruce, brown sugar, mango, and underlying tones of pineapple. This BW is hop-sided, but the deep malty caramel and brown sugar notes aim to balance. Never quite makes it which is fine with me. Rreminds me a bit of a fresh Bigfoot if I was comparing. Full bodied, soft carbonation, fruity, bitter-sweet finish. A real nice after dinner sipper... harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Wonderfully aromatic, floral and piney, some roasewater. Flavor is strongly matly with some herbal grassy hops sneaking in the background. Does not taste like a barleywine, more like a california style strong ale, cookie dough, donut like maltiness, cinnamon spiciness. Finishes somewhat unbalanced. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle... Clear, copper ale with a small, creamy, enamel head. Vineous, malty aroma with lots of toffee, tropical fruit and a touch of evergreen. The flavor possesses great balance of caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness... maybe even leans on the bitter side of balance. Tangy too. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes medium-bitter and dry. More like an IIPA than a barleywine... Avery Hog Heaven-ish? Thanks go out to zathrus13 for the bottle! bhensonb (15756) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Malty aroma. Deep amber color under halogen. Rough malty flavor - a smooth version of the typically rough American brown ale. Somewhat flat flavor. The malt isn’t overwhelming, but the hops just don’t come through. Medium sweet mouthfeel. Raisiny, pruney aspects. If it was bottle conditioned, it might age well. Since it’s not, it won’t.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle marked 2006 [probably needs to cellar a bit] Dark dark amber, almost brown. NO head, NO lace. Smell very malty. Taste somewhat sour malt and hops present, but i’m guessing that several months of lagering will help this rather unmelded taste. Somewhat drinkable now, hoping it will be very drinkabe in 6 months BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle and served in my GL snifter: Poured a near ruby hue topped by a small ring and excellent lace. Aroma of apple and pear, carmel and toasty malt, piney and herbal hops, clove and pepper, and a hint of booze. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
The taste is straight forward, Simple sugar and fruit greets ya followed by spicy and piney hops. A good mix of flavor palate.
A nice beer, not big but oh too drinkable. Mikey likey!
Bottle. Very nice appearance, little carbonation but that’s fine for the style. This was a very good hoppy barleywine, smooth and flavorful with alcohol impact well hidden. Bought some extras for the cellar. afr0byte (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
This beer has a pretty decent appearance. The smell is a decent barley wine malty smell. The hops certainly dominate more than I’d expect from a barley wine. Certainly this beer would do well with aging, as the hops would lessen. I didn’t notice the alcohol kick some have mentioned, but I’m also a scotch drinker. y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
brown to orange to yellow colour. smells like caramel and bittersweet grapes. afdsasdf