leaparsons (8714) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red and amber with a small head. Aromas are powerful sweet malts, fruit, alcohol and lots of pine hops. Flavours are rich fruity malts and nice bitter hops. Quite rich with nice warming alcohol. Could be Old Crustaceans less aggressive brother.
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [7 oz. bottle] Clear copper color with not much head at all. Very sweet and malty aroma with some bitterness and citrus mixed in as well. Very sweet taste initially that quickly goes to a nice hoppy bitterness and a warming feeling as it goes down. Very well balanced and smooth to the palate.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Had this from a 7 ounce bottle, a sensible size for a barley ale style. Tasty, and, oddly, not too heavy of an alcohol taste. This would be my over-all choice for a brew of this style.
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TBone (13705) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Clear copper color with small head. Bitter, malty, sweet, very complex aroma. Sweet, bitter, hoppied mouthfeel. Well-balanced, potwine-like. Full-bodied.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma and flavor are similar on this one...starting light and fruity and ending heavy and sweet. The body is very full, but the pour is flat and the palate left without much action. Overall reminds me of a fruitcake.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of moderate malt sweetness, dark fruits, and alcohol. Small white quickly diminishing head. Clear reddish amber body. Moderate sweetness, light bitterness, and light alcohol flavor that leaves a mild warming in the throat. Medium body with a dry texture.
BBB63 (6394) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE (3.2): 2006 bottle at blind barleywine tasting: The taste was much more piney and acidic in the younger bottle and the mouth feel not as exciting as before. FL -1, PA -1, Overall impression -2
Original review (3.8) Bottle (2001): Poured a hazed amber hue with a very small fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, prune, fig, piney and aromatic hops, caramel and toasted malts, earthy yeast esters, and leather. The taste starts fruity and citric to counteract the large sweetness that followed. Earthy and woody undertones ran through. The finish has a lingering bitterness with some spice character. The feel is sharp and biting, minor warming and tingles the palate. Much more balanced and tasted fresher even though it is a year older than the Rogue Old Crusty I just had. Quite nice and recommended.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. My very first barley wine and I want more. mmm mm good. Pours out a reddish amber colour with a very small tan head. The aroma is strong malt with caramel and fruits. The taste is incredible. The sweet caramel and fruits mix with a nice hit of hops to counteract the sweetness.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark red no head...smells of mixed fruit and alcohol...tastes very sweet (barleywine...duh) which masks the alcohol very well...finishes crisp and clean...
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time I tried this I did not know what it was. It was not listed on the board as a barley wine and they (a decent beer bar about a mile away from the French Quarter) were serving it in 20 oz "pints" just like everything else. Needless to say, I got my ass kicked big time.