jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While this beer is good "fresh" I much more enjoyed it after it aged for a while. Good lookeing beer that is really deep color. A nice malty flavor with come fruits. Not a big head but nice lacing of the glass. Very much worth picking up a pack and forget about it for a few months and then you will have one of the best Barley wines I know of.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber with an off white head. The tiny bubbles leave a decent amount of lace. This is a warmng beer indeed. Aroma starts of with a wine like scent that gives way to woody malt, as it warms it picks up a nutty aroma as well. The flavor starts out with a burst of bitterness followed by nutty, toasted, toffee malt. There isn’t much hop flavor but you don’t miss it with the malt complexity. It has a nice lingering warm mouthfeel. This is definitely one of Kalamazoo’s shining stars, and a great example of what craft beer can achieve.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep ruby color, small head. Smells amazing: sweet caramels, some vanilla. Initial flavor is strong alcohol and hops followed by sweet caramel and vanilla.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dough-like yeasty, malty aroma with some fruity (prune/plum/raisin) tones. Opaque brown with thin, large-bubbled, tan head that lasts nicely. Malty sweet at first proceeds to a light roastiness with plenty of orange-citrus-pine hop character and a strong and lasting bitterness. Hops flavour becomes more and more apparent as it warms yet large malt base balances well. Creamy, smooth palate and moderately full body. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown, nice beige 1cm foam, mostly lasting, sticky. Subtle yeasty aroma. Good hop and malt balance. Complex toffee and caramel cookies interplay. Everything happens when taking a sip though. Incredibly tasty, intense dryness, herbal, grassy, biscuity (graham flour). Huge green pine bitterness. Intense centennial (and more) citric side (orange, grapefruit). Decadent creamy texture, very smooth despite the high carbonation. Big multi-faceted barley wine.
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the eccentric cafe. deep ruby amber with a thin beige head. extreme malt in the nose, typical barleywine notes of spice, raisin, alcohol. excellent thick malty body, tastes much as the aroma would lead you to expect. an excellent barley wine!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich Brown Coloring. Tan Head. Very Rich/Thick...Sweet...Prunes/Raisins... Great Malt Taste...Warming is Good and Not Overpowering. Not the Best Barley Wine I’ve had...But Certainly a Very Good One.
walleye (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured a cloudyreddish brown with a tan head. aroma caramel, sourness, honey, alcohol, molasses, raisins. flavor the 1st thing that got my attention was the smoothness and the great mouth feel, the flavors are just like the aroma with a touch of bitterness at the finish. I have to say that for me this is one of the better bells that I have had and so far my lowest rating is a 3.1 so they do it again for me
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a big head,almost spilt some,woulda’ pissed off the beer gods.
Beautiful hazy,cloudy,deep reddish brown covered by a tan pillowy head.Caramel, malts,brown sugar ,this is really a treat to look at and get a good whaft of.Taste is more complex then the aroma.Caramel for sure but the malt stands out as well.I do not find the alcohol offensive but this an older bottle and has maybe mellowed.A great Barleywine.
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good creamy head. Medium brown. Cloudy with a number of solid pieces floating or sitting on the bottom. Alcohol and spiced malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel, edges towards syrup. Alcohol present in the finish. Spices are not as prominent in the flavour.