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 (5340) - 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 (1679) - 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. Didn’t 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.
stogieman21 (5) - COLDWATER, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full of flavor and character. Has a slight bitter taste but does seem to tip the scales evenly. Quite sweet and cloudy. Will try this one on tap some day
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma of overripe fruit, raisins and abundant esters. Nice reddish white head that continues until the last sip. Color is cloudy (sediment from bottle fermentation) red brown. Huge taste of molasses, raisins and brandy. Lots of bitterness that is very well balanced. Beer is first creamy, then sharp, then an array of other estery flavors. Super beer for the long winters up north. Would love to try it on tap.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a very solid cloudy brown color with a thin but long lasting tan and brown head which left significant amounts of lacing on my glass. The aroma is strong and slightly alcoholic with hints of caramel, candy sugar, malt, chocolate, roasts, coffee bean, wood and mahogany, some spices...ginger and cinnamon. The flavor is full bodied, alcoholic, warming and thick. Caramel and chocolate bodied, it nearly tastes oak aged. This bottle was aged for nearly 14 months, so it could definitely go longer! Heavily malty leading to a subtle bitter/dry finish! Brandy-like aroma and finish...you can taste the heavy chocolate and caramel malts...carbonation is light..sweetness is long lasting...some coffee bean in the finish...smooth and pleasant..an excellent beer and Im glad I have more cellared.
jimhilt (2589) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a four-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color with a bunch of chunky bits. Light-medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Full bodied. Starts smooth and sweet, Finishing with a slight bitterness and some alcohol overtones. $2.49 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.