Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty sweet aroma with nice hop backbone. Lovely red tinged brown, with tiny head.
Almost raisiny sweet flavour, too sweet really. Picked up by lovely hops.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark ruby red, a tiny small brown head. Nose is alot of malts, pineapple and just a hint of acidy. Taste is very malty, one of the maltiest barley wine I´ve tasted. Hops are very subtle, well masked, sweet syropy finish. NICE
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of(Sweet) toffee,estery(yeasty),fruity,malty,hops a good amber/short eggnog head/lace?Taste is very sweet,good.Some of the 8.2% detected.A nice barleywine that is a bad deal,especially because of what it's up against.If they gave you 10 ponnies for that price I would be quite pleased.A good beer to age though..
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yea, this beer is way overpriced when you look at how much you get. Pours a deep ruby color, no head. Thick taste, almost syrup-like. Pretty balanced, but not my favorite barley wine.
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
To start with the bottle is too small. Reddish brown liquid with almost no head. Delicious spice aroma with cinamon and appropriate reminders of Christmas. Thick mouth feel with a spice finish, although not as strong a finish as expected. Slightly syrupy. Personally prefer Old Deuteronomy and Bigfoot.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color, a clear garnet, with a brief layer of film serving as head.
Aroma is sweet is sweetness comes, spicy, with flavors of cherries, raisins, and cognac.
Alcohol announces itself early, and gets larger as we go, bold and burning.
Taste is tingly, fruity, hoppy, warm, and eventually occupies every part of the senses. Long, no, permanent finish settles comfortably on the palate and sticks it out.
Strength becomes thicker, fuller, and the flavor has practically set up camp in the back of the throat.
That said, I'm still more a bit disappointed with this latest sampling of Old Foggy, for it's character is some several shades duller than many more other barleywines that have met my tongue. Considering also that it is one of the most expensive American beers on the market, I keep this at the bottom of my to-buy list!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light reddish copper with a thin head that doesn't last. No carbonation. Fruity nose. Malty flavor, with notes of caramel, apple, grapes, and piney hops. Nice sweet lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. A top notch barleywine.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich ruby red tones of color looking more like a good brandy than a fermented beer. You will not miss the alcohol in the nose, but it is not overpowering. There seems to be a fruitiness that reminds of red wine. Taste is dry. No head due to alcohol. Super!
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma, little head, and a red-orange color. Slight fruit and alcohol tastes. Mellow, but very drinkable.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 On tap served in snifter. (cask conditioned in Appleton WI) Ruby brown with only a few swirling wisps of head. Strong, somewhat fruity alcohol nose. Very malty flavor. Not a dry finish, but again the alcohol is present. hey wow this is a barley wine!