Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this years ago before I really expanded my horizons and I was disgusted. But now I’ve had it again and think it must be the classic expression of an American barleywine. Flavors like a Christmas pudding and raisins, smooth body and well balanced. For the lack of carbonation, it seemed to me rather lively in the mouth. The size of the bottle is a joke--almost as if Anchor has an ego trip to think it is so strong that you shouldn’t drink any more of this. It isn’t extraordinary in its strength.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 Very deep aroma full of apricot, alcohol, bubble gum? and caramel. The flavour is sweet and warming with a pleasant amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and oily. The bottle is way too small.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a fiery reddish orange pour like the glow of an approaching prairie fire at twilight. fumes of alcohol ride the wind ahead of the conflagration. i poured perhaps too gingerly, for after a brief brown burst of froth, the head, like adrenaline, reacted thereafter only in response to sudden aggitation. yet, this headless beer found it’s way quickly to my heart. (to be ruthlessly judgemental however,i think the seven ounce packaging is parsimonious and wimpy-- we’re supposed to think the expensive portion-control package is indicative of precious delicacy, but i call it stingy). the aroma is a fruit punch of sappy nectars (plum raisin especially) in the wild throes of frenzied fermenting. over minimal carbonation, the flavor swells like a rhapsodic cresendo with sweet marsala wine fullness. it coats the tongue with such a lingering bitterness you’ll think it could dry there in a waterproof coating like epoxy paint on a basketball court. certainly strong for such a diminutive pour, like a weasel, lots of aggression in a little package.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out leaving no head, and barely any lacing, but has a nice red color, and signature aroma that I’ve come to expect from the better barley wines (malts and fruits shooting up into the sinus cavities). The flavor has a bit too much hop presence for this style of beer, and the malty sweetness is a tiny bit lacking. The body, too, seems a bit thin and lacking in some respect. The finish doesn’t last very long, and the last thing you taste is the hops, which I don’t enjoy in this style. I expected more. It’s alright, but there are much better, and for this price, I probably won’t buy this again.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The alcohol is too obvious in the flavor and finish. Decent sweet and spicy aroma. Dark amber color with no head retention. A very dry barley wine, but not too bad.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2003 Very clear and red. Thin head - weak ring. Really nice caramel aroma, accented with vanilla, alcohol and spicy hops. Overall smells a little like prunes and green apples. A bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Really damn smooth, and the flavors play off each other quite nicely. One of the most drinkable barleywines I have ever had.
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some pretty special brew. Shares a slight resemblance with Liberty Ale, but, is MUCH smoother. Obvious alcohol, plenty of malt taste, but, the hops are not over powering. If you can find this brew, do yourself a favor, and DON’T drink it too cold. Like many of the Belgian ales, it actually tastes better as it gets warmer.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon pouring, alcohol, plums, butterscotch, immediately waft from the this beer. Gorgeous garnet transluscent amber color that sparkles when held to the light ... no head and very few bubbles trailing through the beer. Moves in the glass with an apparent low viscousness. Wonderfully chewy toffee and caramel flavors throughout the palate. Lingering hops near the tonsils for minutes after my first sip. This is as good a barley wine as I have ever tried. Absolutely delicious ... now when will it come in 18oz bottles?
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2012 Channeling citrus fruit and berries from a rich, earthy caramel...Eavesdropping are pine-y hop resins...A 9-year-old nip bottle proved to be a pleasant aging experiment, concentrating flavors in the Madeira/honeyed caramel range...
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2002
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Had an aroma of strong alcohol and tasted like Vicks Nyquil! However, it didn’t help with my cold. At $3.50 for a 7 oz. bottle, this beer sucked! I gave it a couple 2’s and 3’s in the rating, only because it was slightly better than Budweiser.