Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and a hint of spice. Medium watery palate that lightly coats the mouth with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Sweet flavor of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, spice and a hint of pine. A little light bodied for my taste, but still a good beer.
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel malt and hops. Smooth and not too noticeable alcohol. But what's the deal with the 7oz. bottle? That just means I'm going to have to buy eight six-packs instead of four... I know what your thinking, and "yes," I realize that I'll have more bottles to throw at people out of my car window. But what if I was drinking at home? Most certainly a topic of debate.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:(littleguy) Probobly my first barleywine ever so I didn't know what to expect. Strong, complex, warming and enjoyable but I won't say drinkable. I guess thats what a barleywine is supposed to be, so its a good thing.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled both a 2000, and a 2002. Dark amber color with no head. Aroma is of caramel, malts and fruits with a touch of alcohol. Sweet malts to start, some caramel notes, nicely rounded edges. Hops have become subdued.
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(7 oz bottle) Pours a thin, quick dissipating, almond head and a deep, slightly clouded, reddish body. Powerful nose of raisins, port and mild whiskey. Taste of vanilla, raisins, thin Porto. Amazing texture and tingly tongue. Many thanks to Crit for making this available to me...
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 cute, child sized bottle. 7oz. brownish amber. caramely sweet and malty, countered by a moderate tinge of hops. puckery dry finish. well balanced beer, but not all complex.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle - Color is a hazy orangish rustic brown with a thin dark ivory head that wisks away quickly, absolutely no lacing. Smell is faint of caramel and alcohol, slight pine sap and honey notes. Taste is very mellowing, warm, soothing, malty with a good caramel base, a touch toffee and earthy pined hops and bitterness. Nothing substantially lasting but a has a good lift. Feel is close to full with a nice creamy feel going down and a bit of chewyness. A nice calm and mellowing brew, goes down nicely and with a whole lotta ease. A nice example for the style and would make a for a good intro brew for the style as well.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the small bottle this comes in. The beer has alot of flavor but finishes smoother than most barleys. I was very impressed for not bieng a barley wine person.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, no head. Very sweet and malty aroma with hints of citrus and raisin. Sweet flavour of raisin and dried apricot. Some bread and lemon notes. Quite good but I expected more hops.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice reddish-brown color. Head finishes fast. Sweet malty, citrus aroma. Fairly fullbodied, not as complex as other barleywines. Decent balance of sweet and sour, a little fruity zest. A good beer but I agree with some it's not as bold as others. classic.