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?
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Malty barley nose with hints of honey, wonderful red amber color. Flavor fruity and malty - nice kick on the roof of the mouth, but something is missing. It is like pivo says somehow unbalanced
RERATE 2005 - Vintage 1995 for the 10 year old Vertical Barley Wine tasting: Medium carbonation, small head that diminishes fast. Chestnut brown color. Intense roasted malt and coal cellar nose . Earthy taste - like a fresh digged up mound. Also Blackberries, some weak chocolate. Thin - goes bye fast - but still a classy one!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity nose and hops come through a little. Ruddy-brown color with no head. Sweet dark malt up front and a gritty finish. Complex and mouth filling. Long profile that trails off slowly. Something slighty unbalanced about it, but still very good.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful reddish chestnut brown color, a fruity malt bouquet, a truly delicious rich, roasted malt flavor, with molasses, butterscotch, and a slightly sweet mild fruit, a lingering burnt caramel, malted finish, it’s unexplainable why it comes in these small 7 oz bottles, but it’s a terrific beer.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A wonderful mahogany color. The flavor is sweet, fruity (cherry), and has smooth rich caramel. The palate is sticky and syurpy. This is much more restrained than the Bellís Third Coast Old Ale.
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice indeed. Quite smooth for a barley wine. I will be drinking more of this one very soon. Yummy!