SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 <Rerate 11-09-03 4.3 overall: 1987 bottle from So. Cal. RB gathering. Poured dark brown with chestnut highlights and some "chunks" in the bottom of the glass. Heavy malty aroma with port wine notes. Flavor is rich and sweet, molasses brandy and evident alcohol. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with little carbonation.> I'm a fan of barleywines and had been looking forward to sampling Anchor's Old Foghorn. I must say that it lived up to it's reputation. It poured with a nice amber brown color with a small off white head which head disappeared quickly. The rich complex aroma offered hints of molasses, honey, flowers, citrus, cherry and tawney port. This is a full bodied brew with heavy malt sweetness and a nice balancing of hops. Though there are others that I like better, this is definitely a great example of the style.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful glowing ruby color with a nice white head. The aroma was heavy on the floral side with definite hints of cherry, hops bitterness, alcohol, and malty sweetness. The flavor was sweet, with noticeable alcohol. This is a world class great barley wine. I only wish it came in larger bottles. Impressive beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brown-red body is topped by a medium thick quickly disappearing head with a nice amount of lace. Fruity hoppy aroma with a good malty balance and a strong alcohol presence. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a strong hop presence, a touch of fruitiness and a slight alcohol bite. The finish is bitter sweet with hops. Full bodied, relatively smooth and oily with a very slight dryness.
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
High alcohol presence is evident in the nose, though it doesn't hit you over the head with it. Detected some molasses as well. Served on draught in a tulip glass at San Francisco's Toronado pub. Small, off-white head with fair lacing (head and lacing are not necessarily hallmarks of a good barley wine). Red body. Heavily sweet and lightly bitter, this smooth barley wine leaves a lasting impression. Unlike the Sierra Nevada family of beers which almost all have its signature finish, this one does not remind you of Anchor Steam or Liberty Ale. Nevertheless, it is an excellent brew.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very good barley wine. It is a little bitter and it has a bite, but very good for a barley wine. The alcohol is also very well masked.
Dogbrick (8812) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 It's always a shame when a decent beer is constrained to a mere 7oz bottle. Well at least I got to enjoy those 7 ounces. Pours a deep reddish-orange with a thin but lasting off-white head. Aroma of malt, cherry, and alcohol (rum). Medium-bodied and easy to drink for a Barley Wine, with flavors of sweet fruit, malt, and spices. Alcohol is well-masked. The finish is sweet and lingering. Nicely done.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one great and drinkable Barley Wine. At a 10% ABV I consider it low for this type of brew. But is still a good representation of the style.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I've waited a long time to have this brew. Showed a hazy purple brown color with a good amount of dirty caramel head. Had a funky sour, black brandy flavor. Faint alcohol in the aroma with a light spice numbers in the background. Interesting to say the least, while still being a damn impressive beer.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don't think I got the real stuff, either that or they mis labeled the bottle. My bottle says it's only 8.2%, not 10. Anyway, on with the rating! Crystal clear amber body with an off white head that settles very quickly. What little remains seems to cling to the rim of liquid at the glass but there's no lacing. Nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass. Hoppy and fruity aroma at first whiff, then malt and alcohol. The alcohol's a bit on the solventy side, and the hops seem to be a bit on the piney side. There is even a hint of cardboard as it warms. The aromas don't seem to be as complex as I think they should be for a barleywine. Smooth caramelly flavor with hops and fruitiness, and a malty finish; Very well balanced; The hop flavor lingers into the aftertaste. The flavor is not quite as complex as I'd hoped for either. Amazingly enough this bottle also seems a little cardboardy if you can believe that for a barleywine. I've had this beer on tap and it seems to be much better than the bottle I'm rating. It does have a smooth creamy mouthfeel and an alcohol warmth to complement the full body and very low carbonation, but this bottle is just not very good. I'll have to get a new bottle and re rate it at a later date. Maybe the lower alcohol in this just didn't preserve it like it should. I know this beer is much better than the rating I'm giving
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great compliment to vegetarian Italian cooking. Sweet carmely aroma, turned quickly into taste. Nice color and consistency. Very Very Nice.