jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Re-rate: Bottled, 275 ml, BB March 2004. Label says 8.8% ABV. Rye, loads of spices, malts and some hops. Complex and vinous, but somehow this tasted different from the first time i tried it. It’s not nearly as overwhelming and less alcoholic. Original rate: (4.2) Actually my first experience with the style. And it’s a good one! Appearance is not really impressive: small head which dies rapidly. However, everything else is nice about this beer. Very strong aroma and taste in which alcohol is clearly present, but never too present. Malty and sweet with long warming finish. Nice!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, definitely fruity. Not as sweet as another barleywine I’ve tried, it does have a warming sensation from my mouth to my tummy, which I quite enjoy.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Pretty good, but I think it’s overrated. Smells earthy and malty (and a bit like a wet dog) but tastes overwhelmingly like cherry and other berry fruits. Add this to a not-very-well-masked ABV and it reminds me of, I hate to say it--cough syrup. Tingles all the way down your throat. Not bad, just sort of one-dimensional and that dimension doesn’t appeal to me particularly.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light redish brown. . . wonderful fresh strawberry aroma. Sweet malts mix with a smooth, crisp hops, easy drinking and delicious.
iamkenyon99 (3) - USA - NOV 25, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I will probably never rate anything perfect, but this is as close to perfect as there can be. I just wish it was easier to obtain.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Bright but dark cherry red brilliance...halo'd head with a lone bubble...that just popped, nevermind...aroma came alive with creamy cherry shiskabobs and burning alcoholic sweet lingerings...oreo cream covered cherries with injections of alcohol...fresh cherry fruitness with an alcoholic halo and little bits of cherry twizlers...I'm not too good at math but $15 for a 6 pack of 7 0z bottles??? that might be a little too much to spend IMO
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge alcohol hit (now 9.4%) overrides all else. How come wines stronger than this taste smooth, but so many beers taste like spirits. This is kinda like Southern Comfort. It’s quite fruity, but other than that it’s just a strong beer.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the bomb!!! you hear me! tastes like candy, sweet!! liquid cocaine, once you try it ouuta the tap, you can;t go back!
MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite barley wines to find on tap at Toronado. Pours dark with quickly receding head. Sweet aroma matched at first by the malty/fruity flavors. But as the barley wine warms, more flavors greet your tongue. Caramel, fruity, smooth, a little acidic, and still malty. Great stuff. Did I mention that it’s on tap at Toronado?!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromatic bouquet greets the nose, with clear fragrant British hop presence but predominantly malty. Great fruitness on the palate, mixes of blckcurrant and cherry, with creamy vanilla texture that had me wondering why this beer should be reserved to the afficionado. Sweetness is offset by a dry slightly puckering sourness in the finish. Awesome.