ElGaucho (2217) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
High alcohol presence is evident in the nose, though it doesn't hit you over the head with it. Detected some molasses as well. Served on draught in a tulip glass at San Francisco's Toronado pub. Small, off-white head with fair lacing (head and lacing are not necessarily hallmarks of a good barley wine). Red body. Heavily sweet and lightly bitter, this smooth barley wine leaves a lasting impression. Unlike the Sierra Nevada family of beers which almost all have its signature finish, this one does not remind you of Anchor Steam or Liberty Ale. Nevertheless, it is an excellent brew.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very good barley wine. It is a little bitter and it has a bite, but very good for a barley wine. The alcohol is also very well masked.
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 It's always a shame when a decent beer is constrained to a mere 7oz bottle. Well at least I got to enjoy those 7 ounces. Pours a deep reddish-orange with a thin but lasting off-white head. Aroma of malt, cherry, and alcohol (rum). Medium-bodied and easy to drink for a Barley Wine, with flavors of sweet fruit, malt, and spices. Alcohol is well-masked. The finish is sweet and lingering. Nicely done.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one great and drinkable Barley Wine. At a 10% ABV I consider it low for this type of brew. But is still a good representation of the style.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've waited a long time to have this brew. Showed a hazy purple brown color with a good amount of dirty caramel head. Had a funky sour, black brandy flavor. Faint alcohol in the aroma with a light spice numbers in the background. Interesting to say the least, while still being a damn impressive beer.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't think I got the real stuff, either that or they mis labeled the bottle. My bottle says it's only 8.2%, not 10. Anyway, on with the rating! Crystal clear amber body with an off white head that settles very quickly. What little remains seems to cling to the rim of liquid at the glass but there's no lacing. Nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Hoppy and fruity aroma at first whiff, then malt and alcohol. The alcohol's a bit on the solventy side, and the hops seem to be a bit on the piney side. There is even a hint of cardboard as it warms. The aromas don't seem to be as complex as I think they should be for a barleywine. Smooth caramelly flavor with hops and fruitiness, and a malty finish; Very well balanced; The hop flavor lingers into the aftertaste. The flavor is not quite as complex as I'd hoped for either. Amazingly enough this bottle also seems a little cardboardy if you can believe that for a barleywine. I've had this beer on tap and it seems to be much better than the bottle I'm rating. It does have a smooth creamy mouthfeel and an alcohol warmth to complement the full body and very low carbonation, but this bottle is just not very good. I'll have to get a new bottle and re rate it at a later date. Maybe the lower alcohol in this just didn't preserve it like it should. I know this beer is much better than the rating I'm giving
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great compliment to vegetarian Italian cooking. Sweet carmely aroma, turned quickly into taste. Nice color and consistency. Very Very Nice.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thickly, almost no head and little activity. Its dark orange/brown but still clear. Smells spicy and sweet, makes the left eyebrow raise a bit. Its rich spices and licorice move up into the nose as its alchol moves back to warm your throat. A fruity tang ride the roof of the mouth. Mysterious tingling of hop and sweet caramel balance one another with continued sips, its always changing,...wowwee
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Sugary aroma with malty notes. Light in color for a Barley Wine. Little head , even at room temp. A nice fruity taste with a malty finish. Not the best barley wine I have had, but pretty damn good.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcohol evident and very sweet. Hop character assertive also with lots of esters, caramel, and a vinous profile that I don't care for in this beer.