Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Poured out smelling of strong alcohol. First taste didnt stray from the alcohol. caramel, toffee. wait awhile......more alcohol beaming through both smell and taste. so many flavors packed into this 12 oz from bells. another to look foward to in a few years or so after some time to settle down in the cellar. another great outing from the zoo.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper/amber body under an off-white head. Nose was a bouquet of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, plums and such. Nice sweet and syrupy and full mouthfeel. Fruity and hoppy and candy flavor. Quite good but not as good as the ratings proclaim, and I love Bells brews.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown sugar, dark fruits, very sweet yeasty aroma. Small lasting head, leaving lace, and an opaque red/light molasses-colored body. Very creamy in the mouth with a sharp dryness after the swallow. Molasses, biting dry hops, chocolate, and earthy fruits in the taste. Also hints of rum and brandy. This one was young and sharp. A wonderful barley wine.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky reddish pour with a small cream colored tan head. Malty aroma, macerated fruits. Strong alcoholic to start, bitter to finish...lingering bitterness. Seems a bit unbalanced, would be nicer with age.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red, full of floaties and sediment. Totally opaque. Great tan head rests on top, apparently here to stay. Aroma is very sweet, almost like maple syrup or molasses or something. Flavor is very sweet initially, wood, dry fruit, and sharp hops, quickly mellowing into a very intense dry spell, continuing into the aftertaste. Excellent!
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy amber brown. Floral hop nose with some carmel and chocolate. Chocolate, coffee with bitter hoppy finish. Wonderfully creamy front and mid palate with slight sweetness yet a dry finish. As it warms in the glass molasses emerges as a predominate flavor...Very enjoyable
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle fill was 1/2 inch less than other third coast in cellar. Poured a murky dark brown with small head . Aroma sweet and of dark fruits. Smooth mouthfeel that gained some fizziness as it warmed. Thick malty sweetness quickly gives way to a lot of hops and expected warming feeling.
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Marvelous sweet brown sugar aroma. With some of the "typical" fruity vinous notes. Maybe some maple in there as well? Pours a murky amber color with a light tan head. Starts is mildly sweet with mild hints of vinous fruitiness. Very very hoppy finish and extremely dry. This guy needs to be aged and mellowed.
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is slightly less than 1 year old. Very deep rust color. Last 1/4 bottle poured thick and hazy .Great nutty malt aroma. Alas, if only it tasted as great as it smells. Big nutty flavor,hints of dried fruit with a slightly bitter dry finish. Basically like a Sami C. light.
hershiser2 (2516) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Brown with orangey/rusty tints, thick and cloudy. Small, but soft-looking head. Sweet, fruity malts in the nose... reminds me of passionfruit a bit. Deep, rich and thick flavor. Bitter plum, with hints of fig and chocolate. Without a doubt, the best barley wine I have had to date... and it ranks up there with some of the all time better beers I’ve had. This one was worth much more than the $1.99 price for a single.