cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Poured out of 7 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 7/24/03. Pours to a murky deep, dark amber color. Little head. Big fruity smell-- love that beautiful barleywine aroma. On first taste, it's very smooth, very malty with a little bit of sweetness but mostly a very strong oats and barley flavor. Quite dry. A little tangy zip develops, and the beer introduces a little bite to your mouth. Finish is long and, again, barley with a spice edge. Opens up to a broad, somewhat pancake-y flavor, several layers constantly unfolding. Nice, gentle warming alcohol feel. A little taste of a wood cask, and a flat woody overall flavor with a zing to it. Solid, very good stuff, but not my favorite barleywine.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A killer barley wine that leaves me without the vocabulary to rate but here goes:
Murky, copper-brown appearance with a thin head that mostly diminished. Fairly intense hopping but retained a strong malt character as well. Somewhat sweet and syrupy palate. An intense beer-lover's beer. Definitely not for lightweights.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage. Caramel, butterscotch, treacle aromas, ruby, with a small toffee head, surprising amount of carbonation for a Barley Wine! Treacle, caramel, butterscotch, liquorice flavours are dazzling! Complex, full bodied, rich texture, quite warming. Terrific example!
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 Dec 2006 - Bottle @ Volo. Dark amber body with a small off white head. Moderate sweet malt in aroma and an increasing aroma of alcohol that gets a bit boozey at times. Sweet muted caramel malt is cut by the dryness of the alcohol. Average to medium palate is lightly warming from the alcohol. (3+) Pleasant but lacks the assertiveness of the hops and complexity I remembered. 7/3/7/3+/15 - 3.6
Dec 2000 - Picked up on a road trip to Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Best of the barley wines that I picked up. Complex without being overpoweringly hoppy or malty. 8/4/6/4/15 - 3.7
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had the pleasure of drinking this recently. I like this one actually at room temperature. Beautiful coloring, medium bodied, fruity initially and then a rich slightly smooked peppery aftertaste. Truly not bad and I do not really care for barleywines.
rauchbier (3665) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep ruby red, initial head fizzles out rapidly and disappears. Moderate condition. Aromas of oranges, malt whisky, alcohol. Thick and sweet in the mouth with caramel, coconut, more malt whisky and a slight pepperiness. Tangy in the long finish with more malt. Good, but not as good as Lees Harvest or Norfolk Nip.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color with little head. Nice aroma. Not a big fan of Barley Wine's, but this one was GREAT! Nice taste!
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Dark red/copper colored with the rich hoppy aroma of Liberty, but even more intense. Not much head or carbonation. Very malty and sweet with plum and licorice flavors. Finishes sweet and long, with some alcohol evident. Good stuff.This sample is about 18 months out.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I've been wanting to try this one for years. The ale pours a clear, wonderfully ruby red color with a very thin, off-white head that does not linger except for around the edges. The aroma is sweetly malty with hints of vanilla and bananas and maybe a touch of alcohol. It has a full body with a small amount of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is all malts in this one. A malty wonderland opens in your mouth upon sipping, with vanilla, cherry, and honey flavors dancing across your tastebuds. The finish starts with a sweet burst of malty sweetness and ends with just a bit of Cascade hoppiness. A wonderfull and most drinkable barley wine.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red indeed! I actually used that exact adjective to desribe Old Foghorn's appearence before I saw the commercial description. Slight fruit aroma with a hint of properly aged malt. Has very good flavor characteristics for a barleywine, I usually find them to have a strong port flavor, but this was very subtle about it without a strong hit of alcohol. I had this after a pasta dish with a tomato based sauce and it matched perfectly with the oregano in the sauce. A fantastic barleywine, but might I ask, why a 7 oz. bottle? Even Dogfish Head WWS is 12 oz. I want more!