desurfer (1272) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep ruby/mahogany with very little head. Aroma is mostly a caramel maltiness with orangey hops in the background. Flavor is bitter and sweet with little carbonation. Notes of pine and citrus. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the dry, warm finish.
OldGrowth (3118) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, orange,pine,little cough syrupy, almond liquor. Nice orangy red color. Small to no head. Sweet bitter flavors, same as nose. Thin body, little of a oily/viscous mouthfeel. Lite bitterness, warming finish. Good, yet not satisfying. I get an Ameretto thing happening.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red with very thin, short lived tan head. Hops, citrus, malt, sweetness, and fruit in the nose. Taste is fruity, a light touch of hops... pretty sweet and smooth. Nice.
leaparsons (9544) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red and amber with a small head. Aromas are powerful sweet malts, fruit, alcohol and lots of pine hops. Flavours are rich fruity malts and nice bitter hops. Quite rich with nice warming alcohol. Could be Old Crustaceans less aggressive brother.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [7 oz. bottle] Clear copper color with not much head at all. Very sweet and malty aroma with some bitterness and citrus mixed in as well. Very sweet taste initially that quickly goes to a nice hoppy bitterness and a warming feeling as it goes down. Very well balanced and smooth to the palate.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Had this from a 7 ounce bottle, a sensible size for a barley ale style. Tasty, and, oddly, not too heavy of an alcohol taste. This would be my over-all choice for a brew of this style.
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TBone (15615) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Clear copper color with small head. Bitter, malty, sweet, very complex aroma. Sweet, bitter, hoppied mouthfeel. Well-balanced, potwine-like. Full-bodied.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma and flavor are similar on this one...starting light and fruity and ending heavy and sweet. The body is very full, but the pour is flat and the palate left without much action. Overall reminds me of a fruitcake.
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 (6509) - 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.