raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Batch 1GJ: Darker oarnge color.Aromas of melons,caramel,and bready,alcohol flavors.Short lived carbonation and head.Slightly ringy. Taste is extremely malty with caramel,nutty,brown sugar sweetness.Finish is modestly bitter.Very defined and balanced..
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Donít care for the bottle much, but it makes it easier to nurse it and enjoy. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor and aroma, but the malts balance it nicely. A very good barley wine.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7OZ bottle: Huge dark bread nose with a port character. My bottle says 9.4%, and IHMO 7OZ bottles are silly. Complex taste, smooth mouthfeel make this nice too drink, but it doesnít hide the alcohol as much as some new ones Iíve had.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Truly a fine barleywine, as far as I can tell. Very smooth, bourbony, a touch of vanilla maybe, and a hopped finish. Reminds me of the smoothness of DFH Immort.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sensational barleywine! This is just top-notch, and from Anchor, of all breweries - I never liked their ísteam beerí. This is a complex, enjoyable brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whatís with the small bottle? This stuff is good enough to make me want to drink at least 12oz, maybe 24. What gives. Good brew though, best from this brewer so far.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet smell to it. A beautiful amber color. A little bit bitter. A nice variation on the barleywine style.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(No date on this nip bottle). I remember the days when Iíd order this on tap at a bar and the bartender would serve it in a 16 or 20 oz. glass. Oh, what days they were! Or were they? Anyway, Old Foghorn is an extremely unique barleywine - unlike any other! The first whiff includes a good dose of what appears to be Northern Brewer hops (although Jackson lists them as Cascade), followed by a light caramel malt character. This beer has been filtered and pours crystal clear with a dark copper cast and ruby highlights. Thereís also a ring of cream colored head which lasts throughout. No Belgian lace, though. The flavor is centered around the hops - not surprising since itís dry hopped for 9-18 months. The malt flavor is basic and supports the hop flavor and bitterness well. The body is lighter than some ísyrupyí barleywines which gives it a little more drinkability; although hops tend to help give the impression of a thinner body as well. Thereís a light citrusy, almost pine-like, dryness and some gentle fruitiness. The finish is, again, based on the hops - also not surprising since itís packing around 65 BUís. A very rewarding beer.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very hoppy, spicy barley wine. Amberish appearance, with, little lasting head. Full bodied, slightly syrrpuy texture, very smooth. sweet at the start, with bittering hops on the finish, quite a nice fruit flavour, reminds me of fruit cake. Bit of licorice in their as well as a bit of pine needle. My favourite barley wine SO FAR.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 Bottles and tap from 2002 onwards. It is elegant in its simplicity. Round, floral/malty taste, with not too much hops. The aftertaste is amazing as well as the big, medium-full body. i would drink this beer on tap over most others. Plenty of warm malt, some chocolate, dark plums, plenty of raisins and some light vanilla. Dry cherries. Rerate. After trying harveys elizabethan and a few other barleys and trying this over and over, I still love it, but it just isnt that complex. . .at least not yet. Im going to cellar a few bottles for a long time and see what happens then.
Havent had this in a while, picked up a couple 2004 bottles to try. Donít get too much different from what Iíve noted of old, but the feeling I get is that this is an overall lighter beer than I thought, body-wise, or maybe just an off-year. Seems to go down very easily, with somewhat of a short finish. Still a spectacular flavor profile, and Iím not asking for it to be a monster, but just needs a little more oomph and chewiness perhaps. Dropping the rating a few points overall.
í05-í06 draught Very underwhelming nose here is just a ubiquitous c-hop with deep, caramel and munich-like maltiness. Fairly strong, but unwaveringly monotonous. The flavor is again strong, forceful even, but itís just thick, near-syrupy caramel/caramunich malts with bitter hops and an almost dry, salty toffee and peanut brittle sort of flavor. No elegance and barely, if at all, balanced. Dropping it a number of points. Appearance was even lacking, head was only moderately retained at best, no lacing. As Ernest says, who enjoys acid/astringency?