GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark copper colour with a small, quickly disappearing head. Smooth and rich aroma of caramel, raisins and citric hops. Low carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Great balance of whiskyish sweetness and medicinal hop bitterness, with just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. The bottle I had was aged at least a year, although I don't know if that had any effect on the beer. Either way, it's great stuff.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 My first taste of this came out of a bathtub at the Anchor Steam midnite party at GABF in 1992. Very drinkable barleywine. Should be everyone’s first. Hops just right, not overdone. Delicious malt character. Have not had any that has been aged. It is never sold in the bottle in my area, only on tap.
UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Dark gold with a great head. Lots of apple flavor! Really interesting and fun.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good barleywine that doesn't do an all out assault on the palate like most do. Nice hop bite at first sip, which smooths out nicely. I would guess the ABV was lower, not much alcohol sting.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with small white head.Strong malty aroma and flavor.Not as hoppy as some barley wines but does have enough.Alcohol is strong and almost brandy like.Finishes a little bitter with a kick!A good barley wine.
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small white head which collapses quickly. Copper brown in colour. Nice aroma of malts, some citrus , hops and vinous. Wonderful taste of barley, almost whiskey like, with raisins, some grapefruit, and alccool warmth. Just what the doctor prescribed on a cold winter night.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 bottled: i had to rerate this, the original case was given to me in 2001. just drank one and it was fabulous, thus the rerate. i got a case of this stuff free from a friend. so ive tried it several times. i like the small bottles, for a strong beer/barley wine it makes since maybe not to give a full 12 oz or more. sweet malty character with a thick smooth feel. definately hopped up and will get you ripped up if ya drink enough of 'em. alcohol hidden well here. nice barley wine.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber-red pour with a small head that thins out fairly quickly. Spotty lacing. Malt aromas, some caramel, floral hops, and just a hint of smoke. Oh and alcohol. Caramel comes out more in the flavors, and the malts are there as well. Hops are not there as much. Syrupy palate, thick body and a finish of bitter hops and alcohol.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth in every way: Pours smooth with minimal head topping a ruby-reddish brown body. Aroma is rich and smooth maltiness and fruitiness with some caramel. Flavour is smooth and chewy and sort of brandy-like. Aftertaste is smoothly bitter-sweet and lingering. I don't think I'm doing this luscious beer justice with this review - suffice it to say it is truly a beer to try.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with no head and no lace, but that's pretty typical for style.
Aroma is malt, alcohol, and a hint of hops.
Taste is caramel, toffee, alcohol, and hops, but it's rather complex.
Mouthfeel is astringent from the alcohol and more carbonated than would first appear. Overall it's good, but not the best Barleywine out there by a long shot.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of alcohol and hops with some malt in the background. Poured with very little head that faded fast. Ruby red color that was quite clear with no sediment. Hops and crystal malt followed by a slight oxidation with some alcohol flavors. A very decent full bodied barleywine. The oxidation is at a low level that it does not distract from the overall flavor much. I think they are doing the right thing by bottling this in a 8oz bottle. I can drink more this way when you have such a high alcohol beer.