craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off white head that died very quickly. Dark amber body. Pine and caramel feel lightly syrupy and smooth. Light warmth.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7oz bottle thanks to piscator34. Cloudy dark amber body, no head at all. Toffee and pine in the aroma. Very caramelic palate, big and malty creamy body, very sweet like a caramel pudding with a mild bite of piney hops, perhaps a touch of melon or grapes as in a restrained fruitiness. Warming finish with a light touch of alcohol, quite short ending actually. Rather simple barley wine imo and far less intense than I wished it to be.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy body amber to brown in color with tan head. Lots of lacing. Sweet doughy nose. Fruity bubblegum flavor that gets a bit too sweet. Hops have no chance to break through the maltly onslaught. Finish leaves a sticky mouthfeel as the warm trail of alcohol makes its way down your throat.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red with a thick and sudsy head, smells of citrus and heavy alcohol. Extremely balanced, ultra sticky. Not a letdown.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown, aroma is citrus and caramel. Flavour is malty and well hopped. Alcohol is well hidden.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a nice rendition of the style. Nice copper/orange colorwith a tight and qyuickly dissipating head. Aroma was very malty and sweet. Excellent flavor that I believe was achieved by the superb balance of the beer; nothing is to overstated. Good caramel flavors. Alcohol is very hidden but definitely present.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-amber in color; fruity-alcohol aroma that is quite pleasing; fine lacing in the glass, but very smooth in the mouth. Sweet, complex flavor predominated by malt but balanced with alcohol and mild hops. Excellent barleywine...wish I had more than one 7oz bottle!
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Either the first or second barleywine for me. Have long appreciated it for being excellently crafted even though it's not my favorite. Find the malt to be not exceedingly sweet, but close. I go back to this one over and over hoping to like it more. Perhaps sacrilege to those that love it, but as an adornment in such as "foggy night in the Sierras" I find great comfort.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fairly malty american barley wine. Pours an amber cloudy color with a prominant caramel aroma. Less hops than its American breatheren. Very round and chewy. Burnt caramel and plums abound with a faint alsohol burn. I prefer my BW's a bit more hoppy in the Bigfoot and Old Crusty bein but a good effort
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the better american barley wines, like the old horizontal. definite american hop presence, but balanced. a nice syrupy and alcohol taste too. too bad it comes in such little bottles and is generally overpriced.