PorterPounder (5553) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a pleasant wort-like aroma. Dark copper color in appearance. Little to no head. Has a very good thick mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well - but you know it is there - even in the tiny bottle. Good balance of fruity maltiness and hop bitterness. Finishes strong - one of the smoothest barley wines I have had.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this one. It strongly reminded me a of a trippel Belgian not only from its appearance but its taste, too. The alcohol was just right, and I liked how they kept the hops low to let the nice warm malty flavors come through. Recommended!
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sugar coated hops and molassas-very little citrus. Color is mahogony-palate is full bodied, surupy and sweet-flavor is very sweet with mild hops on the finish-strong licorice aftertaste. world class!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 I'm drinking this with Victory Old Horizontal. Anchor is more caramel and apple. Victory is more apricot with mor of a bitter finish. the Anchor is a little cloudier. Victory is more aromatic. Both are excellent, but the Victory is better IMO.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2003
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had this for the first time in the nifty little 7 ounce bottle. Very sweet. Kind of like drinking grape juice with a hint of stong ale. Just plain gross. It makes perfect sense that they put these in smaller bottles.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in 1995 tasted 8/2003. Surprisingly this beer has held up quite nicely this long. Deep dark ruby color. Hardly any head. Carmael and roasted malt aromas the minute the bottle is cracked open. Huge malt flavors: nutty, caramel. Very full bodied. Youcan almost chew it! Hop flavors are almost non-existent but it is wonderful none the less. Long lingering oaky/woody aftertaste. Yum.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
well i had this from a tap at toronado, i didnt really care for this, and i never did want to spend $14 for a 6 pack of small bottles, very thick and heavy, almost a complete lack of hops, and was overly sweet, almost a gagging sweet, i think i should retry this some other time...
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich ruby-amber color when held up to the light. Small light beige fast fading head. Syrupy sweet aroma. Flavor starts sweet and malty, then a slight tartness and finishing somewhat dry and acidic. A really nice barley wine that I probably won't buy again. $13.99 a six pack of 7 oz. bottles...gimme a break!
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Eef. This one's got some punch. Not as amazing as other barleywines I've had, (Victory Old Horizontal comes to mind), and I'm not going to give it the stout/barley wine grade inflation.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Poured out of 7 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 7/24/03. Pours to a murky deep, dark amber color. Little head. Big fruity smell-- love that beautiful barleywine aroma. On first taste, it's very smooth, very malty with a little bit of sweetness but mostly a very strong oats and barley flavor. Quite dry. A little tangy zip develops, and the beer introduces a little bite to your mouth. Finish is long and, again, barley with a spice edge. Opens up to a broad, somewhat pancake-y flavor, several layers constantly unfolding. Nice, gentle warming alcohol feel. A little taste of a wood cask, and a flat woody overall flavor with a zing to it. Solid, very good stuff, but not my favorite barleywine.