Ungstrup (29334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 An unclear orange beer with very little head. It has a fresh aroma of cowberries, black curran, orange, and spices. It tastes sweet of orange, cowberries, black currant, and spices and finishes of with a slightly bitter taste. A fantastic beer - definatly one of the best beers I've ever had.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 beautiful stuff. rich rummy smells. tastewise a furious foodfight between people armed with heaps of rotten stonefruit and chocolate on one side of the messhall and those with... er... heaps of hops on the other. ok so the metaphor was stupid but the beer is great. aggressive, rich and sehr tasty indeed. maybe the finish is a bit too suddenly dry, although i guess that's preferable to being cloying.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer rocks.
The aroma is moderately malty with hints of plum, port, vanilla and a big whiff of alcohol. Itís a beautiful beer. The beer is a lovely dark amber with a small, quickly diminishing light brown head. The flavor is very complex. Initially, itís lightly sweet, moderately bitter and acetic. On the backside it just as bitter and a bit more sweet. The mouthfeel is full and syrupy. The carbonation is quite lively. Finally, this excellent barley wine offers a long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Excellent for sipping.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Masks the alcohol beautifully, nicely quaffable considering its abv%. Sweet and explosively malty, has a nice caramel quality to it. Finishes sharp and hoppy, like I like íem.
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
christmas cake and brandy. funnily seems less strong than the porter. dusty aroma, wood-aged port also. shame it came in such a small bottle
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful after dinner, reddish color, fruity aroma and the most wonderful feel on the palate. This a truly fine beer, meant to be shared with some one you love. This is one of the reasons life is worth living.
jaymobrown (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fruity nose smelling of cherries. Red/orange glow. Strong hops, but with a molasses, caramel, sugary sweetness to it. Definite presence of alcohol. This is a good example of a barley wine. If you come across one pick it up.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap. One of those beers that can manage to be intensely hoppy yet caramelly sweet at the same time. Hop taste is at the forefront, with a good hoppy bouquet, yet it is balanced with a very enjoyable sweetness. Canít tell itís 10%. An absolutely huge, overwhelming beer. Smooth as silk.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1JJ (January 2001) bottling date; aww shucks gotta try it -- $56 dollars and a few of these glorious 7 oz. bombs later, pure heaven. In a small snifter, warm (~68oF), there was a huge and very pleasant bouquet. Although we were a full 18 months past bottling, the malt was huge and the hop profile sublime. Just a tiny amount of sweetness gave the drinking experience of a fine port.
Itís my understanding that this brew has been reformulated, upping my samples 8.8% abv to about 11%. Now I gotta try the strong stuff! BTW, I almost tried to take the case back, due to age and many damaged labels. However, we very rarely see this out east. The best decisions are ones you donít make. I savored every teensy bottle!
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a little darker than I have come to expect from a barleywine, but the off-white head was pretty while it lasted. Nice malty aroma, which carried through to the flavor, although the hops were still evident there. This was quite smooth from start to finish, and my only complaint was the finish came too soon, the 7oz. bottle being too small to satisfy me. Still, worth a try, but if you like strong ale/ barleywines, i recommend the Old Benchmark Ale made by MacTarnahanís, which I think compares favorably with Full Sailís Old Boardhead at #19 on the overall list.