KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2006 release. Clear cherry-amber with with a small tan head. malty aroma with some plum notes. Malty-hoppy flavor with some plum accents and a little alcohol showing, and a nice bitter-hop finish. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release - 22 Oz. Bottle Crystal clear fiery amber, orange and fusion of ruddied sunsets, opposite the gray palor of today. Rimming this opulent liquid is a silky, lacing brown bag head, with nicely stacked micro bubble, champage carbonation and swirling lace. The aroma is subtle and deft, but not entirely exhilirating. It has a sultry sugar base, with floral explosions and rocketing rubbed herb savory touches. Definate bananas over plum sauce in a pot of ageing malt. Finish with a lightly medicinal curry of time. Flavor is an almost buttery mingling of cloying malts and hop residues. Itís quite enjoyable. At first I find myself melting a black cherry compote on the roof of my mouth, before itís swept away into a sea of orange and pine cream, with delicious glowing florals. The hops are really elequently done in this beer, with the better half showing and the harshness backed off. The malt plays here too, with supple candied sugars and a touch of light milk chocolate. In the end, thereís an amalgamation of vegetal lemongrass on my tounge and a wistful smack of plums and cocktail sauce. I think succulent well describes this beer. Needless to say the palate is totally enjoyable, with heavy balance and gracefull movements. Alcohol is amazingly subdued, adding only appreciated quality and heightened awareness to the profile of the beer. Thanks for this awesome experience Andy! Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Very good. I donít drink barley wines much, so I was expecting it to be very, very strong...but it was suprisingly smooth and easy to casually drink. Despite the other posts here, I think it hides its high alcohol content very well. Itís only drawback?...you canít drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2006
A hoppy malty aroma. Pours a nice amber with almost no head and just a tiny lacing. This beer is almost sweet to the point of being thick. Alcohol, malt, and hops flavor this beer in that order. Iím sure I doníít know enough about BWís to say more than if you donít think you like them drink a bomber by yourself and by the end you will respect them and like them.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught. 2005 vintage. Clear, deep amber color with thin off white head and scrawny looking lace. Strong malty aroma reminiscent of molasses. I also smelled some weak citrusy hops and grape candy. Tastes of alcohol mostly with toffee and caramel in the background. Full bodied. dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what Iíve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor. marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 vintage. Clear and reddish brown pour - almost no head but it lasts throughout. Just a little sweet and very strong on the alcohol aftertaste but certainly expected. WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 4, 2006
2006 Vintage. 22 oz. Bottle and draft at Dilly Deli. Pours just a tad cloudy, deep orangish amber. ~1cm. off white, tannish head. Dissipates quickly to a layer of foam that ends up going away completely. Not much lacing. Huge, fruity hops and big sweet malt aroma. Citrusy, grapefruity, carmelly, grapes, cherries, fruit punch. Flavor is nice and bitter, then really sweet with a big malt backbone that carries a ton of complexity. Itís hard to pick out individual flavors. Really florally and grapefruity after the swallow. Mellows as it warms. Palate - high level of carbonation. Really nicely balanced between a ton of bitterness and a big, thick, chewy, but smooth malty mouthfeel. Feels light for how big it is. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but hides 11% really well. Great Barley wine. Not as sweet as some others. Right now it has a ton of hop flavor and aroma. Really nicely balanced, ton of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma with a big, thick malty backbone. I bought a case and look forward to re-rating as it ages. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a large pale yellow-brown head. Strong aroma of malts, fruit, butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. Some hops too. Strong hoppy bitter taste with a lovely alcohol burn. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with a very nice smooth finish. The body could be thicker and less agressive on the hops, but otherwise perfect.