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.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Deep amber color with a nice white head. The taste is sweet with hints of malts and citrus. Finishes with a slight taste of alcohol.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells strongly of vinegar and green grapes with some sour apple hints. very small head and deep clear brown color. Tastes of sour grapes and tasty malty aftertaste, which balances very well with the hops. My bottle says it's 8.8% abv, however, not 10.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000 bottle. Reddish brown color, very little head. Sweet and malty with a touch of citrus and a hint of alcohol. Pretty thick and chewy with a bitter finish. Some slight warming from the alcohol, but overall some nice masking of the 10%. A well-balanced, superb barley wine.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in color. Nice malty flavor well balanced by hops. Great barleywine. It would be a nice after dinner drink. Very smooth.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just arreved at Ramsey Liquors. Deep orange color. Tan head. Hoppy/sweet malt aroma. Sweet big malt with sharp hop bitterness. Smooth and well balanced. Nice after dinner drink. Will need to get a few to lay down.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 '01 A bit thin for a barleywine, and I don't think that it held it's quality like some other barleywines I've had--Thomas Hardy, Rogue and my own homebrews hold up better. Cidery aftertaste and not as much head as I like to see on a beer that should have a fine, lacy head of foam.