maija (8) - USA - FEB 18, 2002 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
You need to give this beer time to age.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Knocked down a couple of points for the idiotic 7oz bottle. Great barley wine, but perhaps if my Grandma was drinking one she would want a 7oz bottle, me I have a 22oz Hog Heaven and then review a few more...
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma on this bad boy is impressive. The earthy, English hops meld perfectly with the toffee and caramel malt aromas. The flavor profile leans a little too much toward the malt for my taste, but it is well put together nonetheless. Sweet without being cloying. Very deep, almost opaque bronze color with minimal head.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice aroma of hops and malt but the latter predominates. The sweet Taste reminds me of toffee, caramel, and fruit. The alcohol provides some nice warming afterwards too. Overall, a nice barleywine, one of my favorites of this style.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 The beer stands with a ruby appearance and a tight, cream colored foam with excellent retention. Aroma of melted hard candies. Nice&full mouthfeel with a gentle effervescence and enough bitterness to balance wonderfully. Aclohol, brown sugar, caramel apple, esters and slight banana. Classic
budguy2142 (24) - USA - JAN 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on a tasting panel in St. Louis. I was extremely impressed with the fruity notes. I did find the alcohol to over power much of the delicate aroma. A pleasant surprise
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried the ’01 tonight. Another excellent barleywine. Great malts, nice hop finish. Almost as good as Old Horizontal, but this left an annoying taste in my mouth every time i burped after drinking this, which unfortunately lowered this just slightly. Still a damn good beer.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Update: Second batch of ’01 sample. Much better and different than the other ’01. Third batch I have tried in my life and they all still taste different from one another. My old bottles said 8% (or so) alcohol while this says ’10%.’ WOnderful aroma of fresh hops and tropical fruits (mangos especially). Head dissipates to a persistent ring lace with no stick. Has some similarities to Horizontal and is well balanced as well. Oh this is a clean beer!! This is a fine example of what a great barleywine should be. Very over the top. A top-notch class ale. I drank one of my ’96 bottles again and it changed since last time. A little more mellow and softer. Loads of malt and little hops in the long finish. Ruby-orange with head that lasts til the end. However, the ’01 is much too young and doesn’t even taste like the same brew. It is way flat, unlike the ’96. Get rid of those darn ’nip’ bottles and lower the price and this would be drunk everyday.
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is something, got this one to try it without knowing that its in the category of ’barley wines’. I was surprised of its taste even though it is sweet it still maintains its full body aroma. Highly recommended
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BIG malt flavor! This is more what I expected from a barley wine. Better than the ridiculasly over-hopped Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. I can’t say enough good things about the appearance. This is one like Guinness Draught that deserves more than a five for appearance. My only gripe is that a little too much alcohol flavor came though, but that could be because I let it warm up too much. Next time I will try drinking it a bit cooler. Too pricey to buy on a regular basis, but a very good special occasion beer.