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 (3352) - 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 (338) - 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.
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