goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of moderate malt sweetness, dark fruits, and alcohol. Small white quickly diminishing head. Clear reddish amber body. Moderate sweetness, light bitterness, and light alcohol flavor that leaves a mild warming in the throat. Medium body with a dry texture.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE (3.2): 2006 bottle at blind barleywine tasting: The taste was much more piney and acidic in the younger bottle and the mouth feel not as exciting as before. FL -1, PA -1, Overall impression -2
Original review (3.8) Bottle (2001): Poured a hazed amber hue with a very small fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, prune, fig, piney and aromatic hops, caramel and toasted malts, earthy yeast esters, and leather. The taste starts fruity and citric to counteract the large sweetness that followed. Earthy and woody undertones ran through. The finish has a lingering bitterness with some spice character. The feel is sharp and biting, minor warming and tingles the palate. Much more balanced and tasted fresher even though it is a year older than the Rogue Old Crusty I just had. Quite nice and recommended.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. My very first barley wine and I want more. mmm mm good. Pours out a reddish amber colour with a very small tan head. The aroma is strong malt with caramel and fruits. The taste is incredible. The sweet caramel and fruits mix with a nice hit of hops to counteract the sweetness.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark red no head...smells of mixed fruit and alcohol...tastes very sweet (barleywine...duh) which masks the alcohol very well...finishes crisp and clean...
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time I tried this I did not know what it was. It was not listed on the board as a barley wine and they (a decent beer bar about a mile away from the French Quarter) were serving it in 20 oz "pints" just like everything else. Needless to say, I got my ass kicked big time.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Luminescent copper coloured body, with a fine beige/orange head. Hoppy aroma at the start that fades noticeably towards the end of the beer, leaving more Christmas cake aromas, brandy and straight alcohol. Hoppy, sweet flavour. Aniseed there as well if you take a big enough swig. Pleasant enough but not for new comers, there are other barley wines that would serve as a better introduction to the style.
RichardGretton (4423) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dense barley wine with a light head, stongly roasted malt aroma, and a very intense bitter malty roasted flavour. Overall a good, good strong beer.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 (Bottled, 8.2% ABV) Clear and dark, reddish amber color with a small, mostly fading head. Strong, toffeeish, grainy-malty aroma with berries, plums, and lots of aromatic hops. Fruity, very grainy-malty, slightly roasty, moderately caramely-sweet flavor with some oakiness, and balancing hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden behind the sweetish malt. Medium to full-bodied, warming palate with low to medium carbonation. An enjoyable and balanced, yet easily drinkable barley wine.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty extreme stuff. Rather alarming pinkish bronze colour. Cloudy, with no carbonation. Very hopy, sweet and spicy aroma, with very noticeable alcohol. Fruity (Christmas cake and damsons) flavour, with lots of hops again, a rather sticky texture and a tart finish. Reminds me of one of those bitter spirits - Campari or Fernet Branca - or even Angostura bitters mixed with treacle. The word bittersweet could have been invented to describe this beer. The alcohol is a bit intrusive throughout. Could hardly be described as smooth, or subtle, but this was intriguing and I rather liked it. 207ml bottle (BBE 31 May 2004) from onlyfinebeer.
oli (108) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quality in a (small) bottle.Creamy head that diminished quickly,reddish colour,medium oily body.Powerful aroma from start to finish.Taste is great and complex.Alcohol kicks in late and lingers in the mouth.Nice and smooth,warming.This was a wonderful experience.I´ll get a couple more bottles and store them for years..something to look forward to!