Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown. Citrus, floral, estery alcohol nose. Brandy, cognac like. Sweet chewy caramel and dark fruit malts. Cherry, vanilla, wood, rounded sweetness, medium bodied, with a perfectly balanced, hopped to the top finish. A very nice brew, as far as I am concerned.
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I didn't really like this at all. I suspect that it's just me not really liking barley wine. Sort of a cloudy red-brown colour, with practically zero carbonation. A powerful smell of alcohol and fermenting apples. Very boozy and heavy in the mouth. Maybe I just don't understand this style?
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Perhaps it's just me hating on the Barley Wine, but I just did not like this. Alcohol seemed to be exentuated not hidden. Little carbination, Whiskey taste to it.
radiomgb (2520) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown in colour. Aroma is citrusy, nicely hopped, fair amount of malt and some alcohol. Flavour was sweet, some caramel, malty and a fair amount of alcohol. Finish is smooth, slight alcohol burn. Thanks Steve.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap: Beer pours attractive dark brown with ruby red highlights and a amall creamy beige heat that mostly diminishes. Aroma is deep and rich being predminantly malty with alcohol. Flavor is very refined with vinous qualities, wonderful malt sweetness, and very subtle alcohol. A wonderfully crafted barley wine full of subtlety and nuance. Delicious.
GregClow (2989) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark copper colour with a small, quickly disappearing head. Smooth and rich aroma of caramel, raisins and citric hops. Low carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Great balance of whiskyish sweetness and medicinal hop bitterness, with just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. The bottle I had was aged at least a year, although I don't know if that had any effect on the beer. Either way, it's great stuff.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 My first taste of this came out of a bathtub at the Anchor Steam midnite party at GABF in 1992. Very drinkable barleywine. Should be everyone’s first. Hops just right, not overdone. Delicious malt character. Have not had any that has been aged. It is never sold in the bottle in my area, only on tap.
UPDATE: In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. 2004 vintage. Dark gold with a great head. Lots of apple flavor! Really interesting and fun.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good barleywine that doesn't do an all out assault on the palate like most do. Nice hop bite at first sip, which smooths out nicely. I would guess the ABV was lower, not much alcohol sting.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with small white head.Strong malty aroma and flavor.Not as hoppy as some barley wines but does have enough.Alcohol is strong and almost brandy like.Finishes a little bitter with a kick!A good barley wine.
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small white head which collapses quickly. Copper brown in colour. Nice aroma of malts, some citrus , hops and vinous. Wonderful taste of barley, almost whiskey like, with raisins, some grapefruit, and alccool warmth. Just what the doctor prescribed on a cold winter night.