HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent barleywine, one of the best, if not the best, english style BW. Low carbination, very little head, deep amber hue, sweet malty flavor balanced, which is wierd, with the hop bitterness, not as aggressive as I would like, but perfectly balanced, alcohol warms without adding much flavor. I would if rated this higher, but I’m ahop head this falls short in extreme bitterness and ABV, compared to Old crustty and bigfoot, one of the best beers outthere, everyone should enjoy this one!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 WHAT A BEER. This is what I'm talkin about! Would've given it even highter but that would be rating it ahead of both Old Crustacean and Old Horizontal and even though this is awesome it falls short on abv (essential to great Barley Wines) and lacks the hop bitterness (Which I like to the point of insanity). To all that don't want the bitterness and abv of many Barley Wines but do want to try a few, this should be at the top of your list. It is a Huge beer in a small package. It costs alot and it's worth it!
re-rate 5/22/02: Anybody else taste dried cherries in the finish,... Absolutely delicious.
re-rate: Rather thin body for such a big beer. Could use some more hops to balance it out.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Excellent barleywine! Not as hoppy as most of it"s American counterparts -- more of an English barleywine in that respect. Great balance between malt and hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Very full bodied. Warming alcohol effect but not a strong alcohol flavor. Subtle fruitiness. Well balanced in all regards. Great on tap as well as in the bottle. Must be served at cellar temperatures. One of my favorite beers.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first barley wine, and definately not my last. Wonderful malty aroma with a head that wouldn’t quit. The alcohol was a bit too obvious for my liking. Wonderful fruity flavour.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious. Not very familiar with this style. It’s malty, rich, flavors of caramel, wonderful body. I may have found a new friend in the barleywine style.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red-brown appearance, hoppy, fruity. Could hardly taste the alcohol at all. Ranks about in the middle of barley wines I’ve had.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
4/2/02,stopped into Redbones before NERAX, i know I know I shouldn’t be drinking barley wine before a beer festival but, this keg was vintage’95,what would you have done??? That’s what I thought ;)
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much to complain about except that the alcohol came through too strongly, especially considering that the bottle claimed 8.8%. Not as good as Old Horizontal.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Barley Wine... not as hoppy as Bigfoot. A good first Barley Wine for someone who has never had a Barley Wine. Hides the high alc. content well.
Kodos (200) - USA - APR 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red color. Fruit and caramel in the nose and taste. Alcohol doesn’t hit that hard, very well disguised for a 10%. Clean finish. Good!