Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma was malty w/ dark fruit sweetness, a hint of honey, flowers, and citrus. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ golden orange highlights; no head and very slight lacing. The flavor consisted of malt and dark fruit w/ caramel sweetness and hints of honey and citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, well-rounded w/ a medium body.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel, malt, alcohol and candy. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very standard and classic barley wine, very well done.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very alcoholic aroma. Nice caramel color. Mild caramel taste. Good barelywine.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.2% ABV bottle, marked "4FD". Sweet, fruity, grapefruit and heavy caramel nose, some floral and perfume notes; viscous and malty, not particularly hopped in flavor but it has an earthy dryness, though; somewhat complex, with a tingling alcoholic warmth... maybe some sour orange and peach notes in the flavor. yum.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, the brothers-in-law scored, How they managed to grab this, hell knows.
Poured rubdy red with little head. Sweet candy like aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flvaor tart and the body and mouth feel wqs thick. Alcohol is there but hidden well.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a ruby red with no head. Very attractive aroma that is sweet and complex. Slow sipping but clean and balanced. Alcohol finish.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late ’02.)
Pretty exotic stuff, but next to Westy 12, the most expensive per ounce I’ve had. I probably didn’t get the experience I would with a full 12 oz. bottle. What stood out most in this are a thickness and fruitiness. Tart. Maybe the most viscous liquid I’ve encountered in a beer. Really complex and well-balanced. Maybe some day I’ll shell out the exorbitant [sp?] 6-pack price.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2003. Very dark amber body with a few very small patches of bubbles collecting at the top. Sweet, fruity aroma. Very malty flavor, with raisins, subtle hops, and alcohol. Pretty good mouthfeel.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark orange leather in color with a head that was doomed from the beginning. Harshly alcoholic nose, yet it does have some appealing qualities, especially its caramel malty sweetness along with hints of red licorice, pancake batter, pit fruit, grapes and citrus fruits. The flavor is malt accented, light bodied and again, harshly alcoholic. I understand the rich history and tradition of this beer, but I have had it several times on draught and in the stubbie little bottles and it just plain sucks. They should consider changing the recipe.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a truly ruby red with tannish head that fades quickly. Not murky like some in this style. Aroma heavy with fruit, malt, and alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, maybe figs or raisins. Somewhat hoppy, but could be more so. Not quite as thick and chewy as some Barleywines, but still an enjoyable brew.