HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick with a thin dense head. Amber in color. Flavor is very sweet with a hoppy balance. Not the grapefruit citrus hop flavor, but the milder earthy hops. Very thick and sweet which hides the high alcohol level.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 Vintage: Dark Orange. Little Head. Very sweet balanced.
1996 Vintage: No Head. Very balanced and smooth. Malty, hides the high alcohol level. Definite improvement to the ’99
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit, i tasted this beer minutes after Thomas Hardy’s barley wine, and even though this is a very good beer, it cant messure with Thomas Hardy! It has a clear almost red body, without much head. The aroma is powerful and smells like hops, caramel, fruits and plums. The taste is a bit bitter and sour, and the alcohol bites your palate - but still a good and versatile taste. A good barley wine i would mind drinking again!
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 A very accessible barleywine for inexperienced beer drinkers. I love the cool little bottles. The body is a ruddy brown and has a small light colored head. The aroma is brandy, cherries and, of course, malt. The taste is honey, malt and cinnamon. Extremely drinkable. I could down a lot of this. A little light for a barleywine, but still excellent. Tried again after aging about a year. Still a very subtle version of the style. The sweetness has muted and you get a bit more dark cherries in the taste. Soft mouthfeel.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: not sure when it was bottled, but it tastes recent? Quite a nice looking brew, it’s ruby in color with a nice little stripe of a white head., smells of apples, and alcohol.. the taste is heavy! pretty alcoholy and it stings in the back of m mouth, good though.. the first few bottles i had were better, but this one is really heavy.. pretty good
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 1999 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Pours a dark amber with a little fizzy head that vanishes quickly. Very sweet and malty aroma. The taste is well balanced between malt and hops. The alcohol is hidden well. Nice and sweet finish. Bottled 1996 Vintage; Tasted June 1, 2004: Even more mellow than the ’99. No head at all. The aroma and taste are both very mellow and it’s hard to tell just by taste that it’s quite alcoholic. The malty goodness is still there. Although this one didn’t scream "Hey, look at me!", I really enjoyed the older version.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a great brew. I throughly enjoyed this brew. A bit thick with a sweet flavor. Lots a alcohol but not to noticeable. again a wonderful brew
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery. Has a strong mouthfeel to it like a whiskey and a maltyfinish that I find a little too sweet for me.
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Wow, what can I say about this beer that hasn’t already been said... excellent hoppy flavor with a caramel sweet finish. Looked and smelled great, and went down way smoother than I expected it would. Thank you sir, may I have another...
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 - Poured with a bubble or two of carbonation. Nice brown pour with an odd malt aroma, cant quite identify it. Maybe a bit of molasses? Nice heavy body and sweet malty finish with a twinge of alcohol.