mrmojorisin (4) - New Caney, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful barleywine. The head does not last long, but that is made up in taste and texture. I will be ageing 2 bottles for at least a year and see how it does. One of the finer barleywines on the market today.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely one of the finer barleywines I've ever tasted. Not too overpowering; well balanced.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small fizzy head... dissipates completely after a short while. Hazy dark copper body. Aroma is of some malt, light hops, some bread and burnt grapefruit. A little creamy in texture. Tastes like bitter maple syrup. Not overly heavy which is a plus, but still lacks some depth. Overall a very good solid flavor.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color like a polished old penny or red tide. Little head diminishes quickly. Aroma of Whoppers, bananas, pineapple, concord grape, bitter molasses. Sticky, juicy-fruit barley wine that'll put you on yer ass every time. Delicious!
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice though fast disappearing beige head. Deep hazy amber colored body. Nose of apricot, nut, roasted malt and some alcohol. Beautiful and strong taste: Malt, nut, fruit, banana and apricot. Sweet at first but developes to a very nice hoppy bitterness with a mild bite of alcohol. A very smooth beer and another shooting star from Anchor!
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was ruby brown with a good head. There's a good balance here. There's a lot of caramel, just enough hop bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. this is a great barleywine.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Nice dark red with zero head. Floral malty aroma. Starts sweet with medium hop bite in the finish. One of my favorite barleywines.
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive red/amber brew with very little head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma(includes light caramel and honey scent). Feels smooth and a little slick and warms as it goes down. Flavor starts lightly malty, fruity and lightly honeyed, which is followed by a mild alcoholic bite. Not as acidic as many other barleywines. Rich and enjoyable fruit malt aftertaste lingers on.
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.