jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Clear amber color with very little head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. Initial big hop presence, followed by a sweet malt, caramel flavor. Alcohol is very noticeable. Very good now, should be excellent in a couple of years. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Slightly hazy orange. Orangish ead. Dusty citrus nose - malt, chocolate toffee, alcohol. Even at a year old the alcohol is a bit overbearing. Behind that lays topffee, citrus, tobacco, fruit. Long lasting bitter orange rind finish. Probably shouls have sat for a year longer.. but waiting sucks. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
woody aroma with a warm alcohol finish. Some sweet malt notes with a bitter hop edge. alcohol is presence and gives it a warm feeling. Mohagany in color with a thinslightly off white head. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours reddish/bronze with a quickly receding, off white head. Some nice deep fruitiness in the nose - plum and over ripe banana really standing out. The high ABV is present in the nose as well. Loads of spice overwhelm the subtle hints of baker’s chocolate in the body. A good barleywine. Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt
uvajed (188) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Nice dark golden color, coppery I guess. Smallish, light tan head disappeared fairly quickly. Light citrus aroma, with hops, alcohol and something I couldn’t pin down. Kind of sweet. Flavor was a bit sweet as well, with noticeable alcohol, hops, and barely. Malt component was there but not overwhelming. Certainly not the best barley wine you’ll find, but fairly available and still very good. Not my favorite style but I was disappointed when the local retailers ran out before I could get a second bottle. 2005 vintage, 22 oz bottle. jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Early 2006 Release Rated June 2006. Brown body with a small beige head. (3+) Boozey sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Alcohol is prominent in the flavour but not harshly so. Light malt, hop bitterness is blended with the moderately hot alcohol. Quite drinkable really considering, simplistic but nice. Average to medium palate. (3+) 7/3+/7-8/3+/15 - 3.7
<P>RBSG 2005. Vintage 2004 Orange amber with a small creamy off white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, surprisingly muted. Pleasant malt and a moderate hoppy bitterness. Quite drinkable for the octane. Average palate. Nice but not exceptional. Well balanced and quaffable but lacks the gravitas for the next level. Thanks to Crockett for the heads up, I have been waiting to try this one. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4 mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
bottle. 2004 vintage. orange-copper body with a small white bready head. aroma is funky yeast and sweet malt. flavour is sweet and sugary, yeasty, and boozy. Huge malt component, perhaps lacking in hop presence. Flavourful. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
Aroma:malty,hops and alcohol...
Appearance:amber good head....
kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2004 bottle: Inside of a pumpkin orange pour with small off white head. Light dried fruit aroma. Nice rich malt start with a deep hop finish. A lot of sugar i this one. Didn’t taste the big alcohol, but felt it was there.