JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Sweet fruit aroma, brick red body and foam lasted the duration of the sample. Medium bodied, alcohol twang greets at the end of every sip. Nice blend of malts. Numerous Blithering Idiot’s could make my soul numb. lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2005 Bottle. Pours a pretty pastel red with thick off-white head. Aroma is of sour fruits and hops. Taste is malty and sweet but finishes very bitter. High ABV is VERY noticeable and is the dominant taste. Tastes almost like whiskey. Quite one-dimensional. Hmmmm...maybe this was a bad bottle. It came from a variety case. LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
no head pours to a amber body. The aroma definatly hits you with the alcohol but there is also fruit scents in there. They do an outstanding job by using the execellent flavors to mask the alcohol. There was chocolate flavors, grape and mabey grapefruit. execellent beer. waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
bottle. Before this beer my only other barley wine I had tried was Brooklyn’s Monster Ale. I really didn’t like the Monster Ale but this barley wine changed my mind. Smells of caramel and obviously a strong alcohol scent like that of wine. Poured a cloudy amber orange. Sweet malty taste with hints of caramela nd chocolate. I have to have more barley wines to compare now but this was a dominate beer. GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This is a damn good barley wine. When I smelled this beer I knew I was in for a treat. The aroma is to die for, so chocolately and sweet yet subtle and sexy. The test didnt let me down with subtle alcoholic flavors combined with outstanding flavors. Very malty but not too sweet. Very Very good barley wine. Goood beer to end the night on!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
What an appropriate name for a barley wine, definitely fits the description of my disposition after too much of the style. This pours out a deep amber color with a tall off white head that quickly collapses to a covering of foam and bubbles. The aroma is filled with the scent of sweet ripe fruit joined by a sharp but not overpowering scent of alcohol. Sweet malts greet the tongue first with fruit flavors and molasses. The finish is a bit tongue numbing with alcohol and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy will sufficient carbonation. This takes a hit on drinkability from the alcohol taste that numbs my tongue, I dare not have another one or I might not be able to feel my tongue at all. Fresh I don’t care too much for it but I will have to age a bottle of this and see how it turns out. If the alcohol mellows this could turn into something much better. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Slob sent me this one-- Thanks dude! A bit sweeter in a saccharin kind of way than I am used to, but still an enjoyable beer. Not one to drink at a party, but good for a cool evening at home. gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Burnt orange and a little cloudy with a short lived tan head that dwindled to a halo. No lace. All aromas and flavors subdued. Faintly sweet, malty, caramel and alcohol. Malty flavor not too sweet, maybe bananas , caramel. Very little hops to take note of. Warm alcohol and dried fruit finish. This falls short of Old Horizontal, Old Guardian or Old Salty. Flavor is off. I’m not too sure I like things brewed to true European guidelines. No flavor explosion as in other American brewed barley wines. Nothing here jumps out and grabs me. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle. Much fonder memories than this most recent experience. Maybe the WB guys need to improve their quality control, or I just happend to catch a poorly stored bottle. Flavors off, kind of skunked, overall, plain old unpleasant. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Bottle. Amber brown color. Thin off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Some fruity notes. Decent malt with a rather abrupt bitterness that sneaks in. Something a little harsh in flavor with this bitterness. It just doesn’t fit. Perhaps with age this would fade. Full bodied and smooth.