ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good barleywine that aging can only improve. I detect some oxidation mixed in with the hop nose. The malt/hop bitterness land on your tongue leaving a long lasting impression. You end up with a warm feeling in your stomach. Worth getting six nips and putting them away for a several rainy days a few years from now.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 this is a true barleywine, with dried fruit aroma's, long taste whch develops in a mouthful aftertaste.
In my view one of the best i had so far of it's kind. Well presented too.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bubbly amber body. Weak white head. Fruity aroma. Satisfying flavor and feel. Well respected but I've had better barley wines.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel , caramel, caramel, caramel, caremel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, caramel, alcohol, caramel, caramel, caramel. Reminded me of an old horizontal but with much more of that rich caramel flavor and less hops.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow what a great drink. Golden reddish with a nice coulour. Smooth and sweet in the mouth. Doesnt have that hoppyness that you would expect of a barly wine, but just fantastic
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was the RB rater Indra that supplied me with this little 7oz nip of barley wine! It’s so fun to say, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, nip, if you are lucky enough too have more than one you have nipples!! Thanks –E!
Pours a stunning mahogany body and a small tan head, compact with nice lacing. The aroma is mouthwatering, pine sap, truckloads of caramel, grapefruit zest, sumwhat musty. The flavor is totally in line with the aroma, a bit more caramel malt than I had anticipated, notes of oak cask, and a presence of chewing tobacco. I detect some likeness of molasses and plum. The palate is medium and silky, really a very nice beer.
It’s to bad that I only have this one little bottle, it’s simply not enough beer, I WANT MORE!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 The smell of this beast is quite an eye opener. Color is a beauty of a redish copper color and practically no head. Flavor is smooth, very relaxed. Honestly, this is not a hardcore barley wine. It haa a mouthfeel similar to a barleywine, but its very subdued.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, amber pour, tiny head, big plums, apples, berries, spice, grapes. Big and vinous aroma. Tastes like white wine sopped in artisanal bread. Chewy yet fruity. Superb balance. Clean yet not bitter finish. Explodes with grapey flavor, but not in a Trix-like way. This was good.
bu11zeye (12155) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Now this is a small bottle of beer. Pours an amber color with very thin head that quickly diminishes. Good smooth taste with light malt and carmel flavors.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally a bottle of old Foggy,i missed picking one up in Minneapolis but managed to get one sent my way.Nice amber color,small to no head.Fruity malty aroma with the taste being malty and fruity with a light caramel and mild hops and lightly spicy.The brew wasn't as syrupy as i thought it might be in fact it was quite drinkable and finished off nicely with a mild fruit and spice.Very nice brew,but i still would prefer a bottle of Leviathan over this one.