Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Sort of a murky brown, little head. Aroma of sweet malts and a flowery kick. Flavor centered around malts, with a nice orangey citrus flavor, and good, finely balanced hop bitterness. A very nice barley wine. I think I'm coming around to this style.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small bottle. Where's the 12oz's man? None the less this one pours a thick syrupy, cloudy
deep amber with no head. Surprisingly light nose for a barley wine. Malty
with a subtle but rich watermelon scent. Quite interesting. Flavor is very rich balanced and extremely mellow. Once again extremely thick with a lingering syrypiness that won't quit. Not a bad barley wine. I like the fact that its not overly hopped and that its mellowed before shelving.
pilsnerrogge (2644) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reddish brown colour, small head. Smooth, hoppy toffee-aroma. Thick sweet mouth-feel. Hoppy, oily, oaky complex flavour with notes of liquorice and oranges. Excellent beer, the bottles are too small!
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another classic from Anchor. Brownish orange in color, translucent and pours with a moderate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty sweet and slightly piney. The flavor is malty almost like a syrup and sweet. Very little hop bittering. Buttery mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat sweet.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Poured red with no head. Dry and hoppy for style, but obviously liked it very much. Probably a good thing the bottles were 7 oz.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice red-brown colour. Small head. Alcohol, sweet (caramel, over-ripe fruit, sherry?... complex), nice hop presence, full.
PorterPounder (6299) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a pleasant wort-like aroma. Dark copper color in appearance. Little to no head. Has a very good thick mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well - but you know it is there - even in the tiny bottle. Good balance of fruity maltiness and hop bitterness. Finishes strong - one of the smoothest barley wines I have had.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this one. It strongly reminded me a of a trippel Belgian not only from its appearance but its taste, too. The alcohol was just right, and I liked how they kept the hops low to let the nice warm malty flavors come through. Recommended!
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of sugar coated hops and molassas-very little citrus. Color is mahogony-palate is full bodied, surupy and sweet-flavor is very sweet with mild hops on the finish-strong licorice aftertaste. world class!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 I'm drinking this with Victory Old Horizontal. Anchor is more caramel and apple. Victory is more apricot with mor of a bitter finish. the Anchor is a little cloudier. Victory is more aromatic. Both are excellent, but the Victory is better IMO.