BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with fairly creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and spicy with plums and raisins, sweet malts, some caramel, and rum sweetness. Taste is sweet malts, dark fruit (plums, cherries), with some cherry showing up right before the swallow. Balance is ok, but slightly underhopped for a barleywine, and finishes with fairly mild alcohol burn. Very nice.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Ultra sweet, fruity aroma. Pours a heavy, syrupy ruby/amber with zero head or lacing and a whole mess of tasty particles floating in the mix. Sweet, without being undrinkably so, and figgy taste with a heavy dose of malt. Palate is clean and oily at first with a blast of fruity fig late. Enough of an alcohol kick to let you know its there, but it never gets in the way. As far as barley wines go, this is very drinkable. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Top notch barleywine, very tasty til the last drop. Nice ruby color, taste full of darker fruits to tag along with a nice caramel taste and malt touch. Just sweet enough without going overboard, very very good. Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Good sweet aroma, some caramel. Dark ruby body with no head. Rich sweet flavor, caramel, with good alcohol presence. IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2005
A dark magenta hue with a small creamy beige head. Very rich & malty with some caramel, fruit and floral notes as well. Vinous & earthy but very sweet. Thick nectar with a nice warming follow. A sweet aftertaste with alcohol and just a bit of floral hop bitterness. A very luxurious creamy feel coats your mouth. A nice snowy evening sipper. Thanks Belle!
shanekrout (7) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
At first pour, this beer is quite unassuming. You are soon in for a treat! The beer appears deep red with a nice creamy head. Aroma is a quite strong and malty. Flavor is exemplary of the barley wine style being warmly strong, maltly, and alcoholic. Finishes sweetly. Name says it all! asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Clear reddish copper, with a quickly dissipating fog covering that becomes a wispy sheet. Gummi-worm aroma with fruit candy and subtle spicy hops. Very sweet and aromatic flavour dominated by grape and candy with a little bitterness. Medium body with adequate carbonation. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
Pour an amber color with ruby highlights, very thin head. Aroma of gummy bears , caramel and alcohol. Flavor of fruits, gummy bears ,caramel and alcohol. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very average for a barley wine. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle: I have had a few bottles of this gathering dust in my cellar for some time now, since I just reviewed the "Insanity, the Bourbon Barrel version of this brew", I finally got off my duff and decided to rate this as well. The beer pours a murky brown hue with small but lasting creamy tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of fig, plum, orange peel, white pepper, clove, aromatic hops, cobweb and earth yeast nature, and noticeable phenols. The taste starts malty and fruity sweet with a big old punch of salty alcohol. The beer displays a earthy quality and some nice bitters upon the finish. The feel is lush and oily, not as smooth or sticky like the Insanity. Overall, the beer doesn’t have the depth of the bourbon barrel version, but I believe it may age better. Can become very "English Like" in about 4-6 years. Can my other bottles wait that long? ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2005
Clear reddish brown, small bubbly head. Sweet amlty and clean aroma, mostly caramel with hints of cognac and flowery hops and oranges. Sweet caramely flavour, hints of almond, sweet oranges and alcohol. Full compact body. Chocolate and oranges in the finish, notes of wood and alcohol.