poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, very memorable. Although I would give it some more time to age, already the balance of flavors is striking.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown/purple body, gorgeous creamy foamy off-white head that leaves a ring of soapy lacing. Yeast dusties visible when held up to the light. Chocolate cupcake alongside red wine and pineapple comprise a traditional malty, fruity barleywine aroma with a kick of alcohol at the end. The first thing I notice when sipping is the rich velvelty mouthfeel - 5 on that. Otherwise the flavor mirrors the aroma: chocolate cake, brownsugar, winey and syrupy tropical fruit notes. Long sprucy hop/caramel sweet finish with a short alcohol flast. This is a good barleywine. Doesnít have the crazy-ass hops of Old Ruffian or Bigfoot, but rather goes with "subdued" hops and yummy sweet flavors. Iíll knock the overall a bit because while this stuff is damn tasty it isnít terribly unique.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Loaded with flavor in the form of malts and hops. Pours a brown color and can see some sediment floating. Small head. Is it sweet or bitter? Or both, just at different times? I could hardly tell it was 9 percent alcohol with all the flavor in there. Highly recommended.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark amber brown color, aroma is fruit and malt with a little alcohol, thick malt and sugar taste, warming in the stomach, much like a potent abbey ale. Another Bell success
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with Small tan head. Nose is vinous, sweet and malty. Flavor rushes in with big alcohol presence, malty, spicy and with mild citrus undertones. Warm, pleasant finish.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer of the new year, many thanks to Hopscotch!! This barleywine pours a cloudy dark brown with a light wispy tan head. Strong alcohol nose was a bit overwhelming at first. Has slight traces of pine and leather in itís scent. The bitterness of hops used in this one does a super job balancing the strong alcohol. A very good beer that provides a nice warming sensation. Donít think I would want more than one of these in a setting, but very enjoyable just the same
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/brown, nice head. Toffee aroma, nutty and creamy, some wheat and sweet fruits. Nutty flavor, toffee, fruity and with some salt licorice.
kane (111) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer, unfortunately it takes me back to the few bottles of Batch 6000 I had and I wish this was that.
Color of oak distilled liquor. Little to no head. A sweet malt, dark fruit aroma. Much like a fine brandy in the snifter this is a wonderful after-dinner drink. Sweet, complex, fruity, slick feel, with a slight alcohol feel. Powerful yet very drinkable. A beer that is worth seeking out.
thegreenrooster (4096) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a syurpy orange-brown. Aroma is hoppy and winey. Flavor hits you full on. Lots of vanilla,plums,chocolate and hops. Leave a very nice alcohol burn as it goes down. Very tasty and waming on a cold winter night.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nutty red-brown, subtle spices, packs a punch on the palate. Coffee, juniper, and many other flavors come across well (strong dark grains as well), but Iím not sure the flavors blended. Intense, and Iíd try it again. Bottled.