meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapper covering the cap, I believe this is a 2003 vintage but cannot find a date to verify this. This beauty pours a dark reddish brown color with a collar of light tan. The collar leaves nice lace about the glass. The aroma is sweet with caramel and dark fruits with a good amount of alcohol as well. There is a lot more going on here that I would have to drink another one to most likely identity in this very complex and wonderful smell. The taste has a big sweetness up front that tastes of caramel, rich fruits and spiciness. The hops are present and become more evident as this one warms and creates a bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and has decent carbonation. This is a very smooth barley wine that seems to improve with age from what I have read. It is excellent at the point it is now with a very complex nose and taste and a surprisingly smooth finish, I can only imagine how it could improve.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy brown with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, toffee, butterscotch, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vanilla. Cognac-like qualities with hops and spices. Outstanding barley wine!
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Murky brown color with no head.
Sweet aroma of malt, molasses and dark fruits. Flavor was not as sweet as expected. Starts off slightly sweet, with the flavor of malt, molasses, figs and
caramel. Then it dries quickly with a nice hoppy finish. Very enjoyable, to say the least. Have 2 more bottles and can’t wait to see how this one ages.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the 2000 vintage of this and it was fantastic. The cork actually fell apart on the way out and the inital aroma as that of a nice red wine. The flavor was well balanced and really great. This was a wonderful beer and I am really glad that I had the opportunity to try it.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2000. Drank October 30, 2004.
Brown/Amber..Cloudy Coloring. No Head. Good Barley Aroma and Flavor. Good Standard for Barley Wines. Although a Tad on the Sweeter Side of Things... Wonderful Malts and Presence of Alcohol... Great one to Enjoy on Those Cold Nights.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red brown w/little or no head. Fruit, carmel, mint and hops on teh nose. Med weight w/sweet mid palate and drying finish. Flavors of Cherry, mint, chocolate, yeast, burnt toast and some alcohol heat on the finish. Awesome beer!
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBMNG 10.03.04. Alas, my first Alesmith beer. And I picked a good one at that. 2000 vintage. Somewhat sour aroma. Smells Belgian. Despite 10% abv, alcohol is not overly prevelant in the nose. Beautiful amber color. Small, off-white head. Nice lace. Wonderful, high alcohol mouthfeel. Caramel notes. Refined for a barley wine. Outstanding.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2000 Vintage; Tasted October 30, 2004: Hazy mahogany color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Very malty taste, but it was quite sugary. Not a syrup sweet like some other barley wines, but certainly sweet.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 bottle.Trade from cciuroga.looked like murky apple cider,fresh squeezed.Strong notes of caramel, toffee,fruits,malts and hops.I tell ya’,I was much more impressed with the complexity of the flavor of this then I was of the aroma.The body is thick and syrupy laden with the swetness of toffee and a chewy honey caramel candy I had called Bit’o’ Honey.But there
an underlying bitterness from the hops that put the brakes on this getting blown out by sweetness.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloud deep red, thin tan head. The nose is full of berries, sweetness, flowers, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of malt, hops, alcohol, honey hit at first, and then finish with a bitter hops bite.