larsniclas (5903) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a beige head.
Extremely malty with notes of vanilla in aroma and flavour.
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hops, brown sugar, wheat to the nose. Odd but good dried pear flavor, fairly sweet, good malt and hops flavor, also some apple juice. Lively carbonation. The aftertaste is long, bitter, but brings an odd almost meaty flavor. I like it.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 I have been drinking this beer for a few years now. As I opened the fridge to grab another bottle I realized that I have indeed been a doofus and have failed to rate this one yet. Understand that this is an established favorite I buy by the case to keep on hand. As such I cradled the little 7 oz brown bottle lovingly in my hands. The opener satisfied me with a gentle popping of the cap and lovely wafts of mist rose enticingly from the bottle. I poured this cloudy mahogany beauty into a nice glass with only the smallest of tan heads arising. The complex aroma of hops, caramel. molasses, and pear drifted lovingly to me as I brought the glass closer in my embrace. The taste - so thick - like a heavy syrup coated my tongue. At once I was washed over with a strong hop bitterness that lightly drifted in to sweet caramel and molasses. Again a hint of pear like acidity slipped into my subconscious senses. After lovingly swallowing this treasure the palate was warmed by a lingering caramel flavor that brought harmony and peace to the mouth.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle, this barleywine poured a dark, reddish hue with a fine, rapidly fading head. Its aroma was sweet and floral, and its taste was well-balanced for a barleywine (but at the cost of diminishing the inherent sharpness the breed).
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber with a beige/yellowish head. Intense malt aroma, with notes of vanilla. Big malt sweetness and somewhat fruity. Woody finish. I found it very well balanced.
rlgk (12430) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, beige/yellowish head. Malty aroma with vanilla and also some citrus. Flavor is malty but also somewaht vinous. Fruity and brandylike. Quite mild finish.
Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2012 Decent sized head of very small bubbles with minimal carbonation. Peppermint candy sweet aroma, with tons of malts and caramel. Some sprucy hops presence also. Color is a muddy dark reddish/brown. Palate is a bit thinner than I expected for such a thick looking liquid. Rich flavor with tons of malts, caramel, some toffee, lots more spruce and a nice hit of alcohol. Burns the gums a bit. Finish is creamy and warming with a nice touch of bitterness. A very good barleywine. Shame it is such a small bottle.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick with a thin dense head. Amber in color. Flavor is very sweet with a hoppy balance. Not the grapefruit citrus hop flavor, but the milder earthy hops. Very thick and sweet which hides the high alcohol level.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 Vintage: Dark Orange. Little Head. Very sweet balanced.
1996 Vintage: No Head. Very balanced and smooth. Malty, hides the high alcohol level. Definite improvement to the ’99
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit, i tasted this beer minutes after Thomas Hardy’s barley wine, and even though this is a very good beer, it cant messure with Thomas Hardy! It has a clear almost red body, without much head. The aroma is powerful and smells like hops, caramel, fruits and plums. The taste is a bit bitter and sour, and the alcohol bites your palate - but still a good and versatile taste. A good barley wine i would mind drinking again!