BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby, pours thick with very little head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrupy with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied with a light but lingering citrusy bitterness. I like this one a lot and will seek it out whenever possible
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy down in my Tummy. what else can be said about this one!
rlgk (18834) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown with a good head. Malty aroma with toffee, vanilla and nuts. Flavor is wonderful. Starts in a nutty and creamy way with malts and vanilla, then turns into a great salty hoppiness. Very, very good. I owe you one, rickgordon...*s*
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice cloudy brown with some tan head and decent lacing. Nice barley wine nose. Taste is a smooth bitter malt, a little dark chocolate, some alcohol. Overall pretty darn good.
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A quick pour renders a stubbornly small head. You catch the aroma of this one without lifting it from the bar. Unfiltered appearance. Hazy, dirty, cloudy look. I think I poured this a bit too cold. Warmer may be better. Intricate flavor. Malty beginnings, spice, orange, hops, bitter. Long finish lingers on the tongue. A fantastic ale. Like the label says--a blanket. Get me another!
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 More recent rating of one I aged a while, a little more powerful in the citrus hops than I recalled. Still, a solid big beer. Dark cloudy red and brown. A thick yellowish and tan head tops this one. Aroma is sweet grapes, raisins, maple and oak. Very nice to smell. The taste is bourbon, sherry, pears and some nutmeg in the finish. A dry mouthfeel complients the great character of this brew. It deserves the praise it recieves. Very solid and subtle. I figured since this was relatively green it might be overpowering, but it is very nicely balanced. I am aging a few more. Hope to enjoy these down the road with my other aging barley wines.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a dark brown/red, small vanilla white head, with lots of lacing. Aroma of complex fruit and malt. Flavor is More complex fruit and malt. Cherries, grapes, palate is smooth and full. Wow, what a nice brew.
guzzler67 (1674) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, dark brown appearance with a heady aroma encompassing fruit (prunes, raisins), molassas, and toffee. Interesting, complex taste with strong malty, bready flavors. Had a good hop presence that lasted into the finish. Didnít try hard to mask the alcohol. Many thanks, Bert.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big fruity malt nose. Lots of dark fruits, some restrained hops, cotton candy. Flavor is somewhat tart and earthy. Very rich fruit, alcohol, tobacco. Awsome beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 10/24/07. Bottle-no back label. Murky dark brown with a tan fluffy head that lasts a few minutes, oily lacing. Aroma starting to show huge oxidation, big sherry notes and cardboard. Thick mollasses background. Flavor still holding up decent. Caramel/toffee charcter up front, fades into old hop bitterness and light cardboard in the finish. Oily/thick palate. Another example that leads me to believe BW are most time better fresh.
Batch 6722 12-5-07 oily flat, huge candied fruits and carmelized malt, on the very edge of oxidation very nice right now, in fact may finish off the last few I have soon.