jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2000 Batch (01-May-2000) (8.8% abv):
Crimson/amber coloured body with no head at all. Strong aroma of pit fruit, toffee, malt and powerful must. Full-bodied; Chocolate, caramel, must and pit fruits dominate the taste. Aftertaste is VERY mild-time did its job to cut the alcohol taste. Very mellow after 4 years time...this beer is great right now. I sampled this 7 ounce bottle purchased a few years ago at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York on 24-December-2004, more than 4 and a half years after it was brewed.
Score for this rating: 8,3,8,3,15
2003 Batch (11-March-2003) (8.8% abv):
Ruby/copper colour with a thin off-white head. Very strong aroma of pit fruit, caramel and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong alcoholic flavour with subtle pit fruity taste. Aftertaste shows some malt and pit fruit sweetness. Overall actually quite good fresh! I had this beer in Knoxville, Tennessee on 28-September-2003 courtesy of Haddon90, Thanks Phil!
Rating for this tasting: 9,4,8,4,15
2001 Batch (7-January-2001) (10% abv):
Dark copper colour with a very nice ruby colour roaming throughout. Thin tan head which dissipates very quickly. Strong aroma of pit fruit, caramel, alcohol and malt...very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Flavour of alcohol, prunes, raisins, malt, caramel and even a slight sour cherry taste. Aftertaste is very warming (because of the alcohol) and leaves a bit of the sweeter flavours inside the mouth. A tiny bit watery after waiting a few seconds after the beer is a bit warmer, but it is still a very respectable barley wine. I remember this beer to be a bit better than this...so perhaps it died down a bit with the age. I tried this at cellar temperature. This particular beer was brewed on 7-January-2001 and I purchased it at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.
2002 Batch (8.8% abv):
Small 7 ounce size. Dark brown in colour, smells like a strong ale. Tastes like a strong belgian ale. Sweet tones, nice aftertaste!
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, though translucent, red. Aroma is mostly barley with slight hopiness. Not surprisingly, tastes like barley/toasted barley. The alcohol didn’t show through, but then again the bottle says 8.8% ABV. Overall a good beer, but not as big as I was expecting.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft:Hazy brown with tan head. Great hop malt nose .Great malt flavor with some balancing hops. Mild alcohol heat compliments , not overpowers
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Anchors best product, Red, sweet, smooth. Not the best barleywine but definetly worth it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 very good stuff!!! Very complex, yet very drinkable for a barley wine. It didnt taste like 10% alcohol. I got nothing but a smooth, fruity, tastey beer. A bit pricey for those little seven ounce bottles though. Rerate: This beer becomes more special as I get older. It is likely the best beer you can find on draught in Houston. This beer makes memories.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Nice reddish-brown color, high head dissipates quickly. Fruity and hoppy aromas, alcohol can get in the way a little. Huge mouthfeel and immense flavors of malt balanced nicely by apparent, but subtle hopping. This is a pleasure to sample, but not something I’d come back to very often.
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very deep aroma nice caramel taste. The flavour is sweet and warming with a pleasant amount of hops,well actually a medical amount of hops. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The bottle is far bib enough. Let you prescribe a foghorn from doctors instead of a sleeping pill.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I wasn’t as impresseed with this barley wine as others, it seemed to sweet and not balanced enough, I love the ruby color but the flavor was a bit of a disappointment
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this years ago before I really expanded my horizons and I was disgusted. But now I’ve had it again and think it must be the classic expression of an American barleywine. Flavors like a Christmas pudding and raisins, smooth body and well balanced. For the lack of carbonation, it seemed to me rather lively in the mouth. The size of the bottle is a joke--almost as if Anchor has an ego trip to think it is so strong that you shouldn’t drink any more of this. It isn’t extraordinary in its strength.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Very deep aroma full of apricot, alcohol, bubble gum? and caramel. The flavour is sweet and warming with a pleasant amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The bottle is way too small.