Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Bottle: Caramel is hands down the dominate aroma of this beer. Very malty. Light fruit, banana bread, and some alcohol. Dark semi-transparent orangish-red with a decent off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Sweet up front. Malty caramel in the beginning with some fruit. Nice bitternes in the finish with a nice alcohol warming effect minus any real alchohol taste. Banana bread makes it’s presences known in the finish and aftertaste. Caramel front holds it’s own thru the finish and balances rather well with the other flavors. A little more fruity than other barley wines I’ve had. Very nice. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pours brown with red tints with almost no head. Roasted caramel aroma. Caramel taste with a hint of fruit, grape? Taste fades fast to alcohol with a big warming effect. Flavor was lacking for a barley wine and a little to much alcohol in the finish. chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Brown and cloudy with a short-lived tan head. Aroma is very fruity (ripe bananas, raisin) with hints of leather and toffee. Flavor is fruity as well, more on the "white" fruit side though (peach, apricot), starts with a winey taste. Some vanilla and caramel, as well as some hops (but not too much, mainly grapefruit taste), and finally alcohol on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 On tap at blind tiger...aroma and flavor of dark fruits.finish hoppy with alcohol noticeable...Sweet but dry enough to thoroughly enjoy. THis was much better than i remember it being in a bottle. Ill have to get a bottle to compare to the draft version. Update,tried a few bottles of this and had it tapped elsewhere. Not nearly as good as the blind tiger tap, not sure why. this was a 4.3 originally for me, knocking it down quite a bit now. Crockett (1119) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
Clear brown amber with a little slick head. Smells like butter tarts and brandy. Quite a similar flavour to DFH Raison D’etre. Raisin, salt, brown sugar, molases. Raspberry, butterscotch. Toasty brown bread malt. A bit of grapefruit hop, earth, oak. Decent stuff.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Bottle. Dark and cloudy, walnut colored with no head to speak of. Nose is sweet with strong malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and tangy flavor, strong as hell with an almost oak taste which shows up on the back of the tongue. Creamy and full, full, full bodied with very evident alcohol burn - solidly full and biting. Pretty nice. Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 15, 2004
The initial impression was good, looked and smelled like a formidable barleywine. The overall experience was less than expected. The flavor starts off with strong grape and wine overtones, then dimishes into an inconsistent alcoholic disaster at the end of each sip. Okay. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Pours a reddish-mahogany with chunks of foam floating about. Aroma is highly assertive and malty, some sweetness and no bitterness. Flavor has little carbonation, so this beer is straightforward and syrupy sweet. Very malty, with some caramel and prune notes. Alcohol is not overly present. Finishes dry. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Split the bottle with a roommate towards the end of a small sampling session. Definitely blithering idiots by the end of that. This is a very nice barleywine, I really am liking this style. good job weyerebacher sloth (2910) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Small tan head, short lived with some scattered lacing. Murky brown color with a hazy red hue. Dusty, fruity nose that smacks of caramel. Medium/full body, creamy palate. Gentle maltyness, toffee hints, caramel, mild fruitiness and a touch of alcohol heat. A faint spiceyness shows up in the aroma as it warms as does the alcohol. Creamy, dry finish.