JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber coloured, small, quickley gone off-white head. Aroma is great; malty, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and a honey sweetness. Taste doesn’t disappoint; sweet and bitter, caramel, malts, slightly burnt. Great mouthfeel. Warming, but generally well hid alcohol.
A class ale.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uncertain of the vintage. Label says 4FD. Aroma is citrus with vinous notes. Sour hints, but there are also sweet brown sugar and honey hints as well. Transparent copper/red color with a light tan head. Start is slightly sweet. Mild alcohol in the middle. Finishes nice and malty with lots of caramel sugar notes. Alcohol is hidden nicely in this beer. I believe this has got to be aged, for it being so mellow. An enjoyable beer...too bad it comes in a bullshit 7oz bottle...
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle...(4FD imprinted on it)...copper pour with medium light tan head. Wonderful aroma, raisin, plum, malt, burnt caramel. Smooth, malty, fruity. Nice alcoholic burn to finish, but definately not overpowering. This is a quality barleywine. Nice macerated plum flavor, a little bright fruit also. Good beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled in tiny 7oz bottle. Pours out a most beautiful amber. May be the best looking beer EVER. Aroma full of malts and caramel, with hints of fruits:apples and bananas most prominent. tastes similar, more malty than anything, but just phenomenal in general. really enjoyed this barley and will go back to it frequently.
desurfer (1276) - 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 (3135) - 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 (9602) - 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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