Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/red color.Small white head that faded slowly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty and hoppy with a decent citrus side to it and maybe a bit of a pine note as well.The flavor was malty and fairly hoppy with a decent grapefruit and pien flavor coming thorugh.Fairly heavy mouth feel sort of syrupy with a semi sweet to bitter flavor coming on as it warms up.Not to bad a brew but i could deal with a little less of the syrup like feel that seems to take awhile to get off your pallate.It’s well worth trying but not something i will be indulging in anytime soon.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super Cascades, aroma grapefruity, also some peach and resin. Starts and ends with hops. I know some people think this is the cat’s ass. Why?
Kevin (2089) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Bottle/ pours an amber tinted brown. head is minimal. aroma is reminiscent of a used sweaty gym sockwith a pine cone inside of it. flavor is counter to the aroma. full bodied hop and citrus attacks the tongue in a good way. finish is sweet and warm. this will get on top of you quickly. 2 3 7 3 14.
rerate, i realized after trying the barrel age version that i prefere the original, but my ratings did not agree,
pours aruddy red with a large yellow jaundiced head. grassy sweaty aroma that i have grown to love. it is like WD40 just sprayed on a hot lawnmower,
YUMMY. warm alcohol flavor with a strong columbus taste. very sweet apricot like taste, there is a woody tint to this great grassy finish. 7 4 8 3 17
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Bottle. Nose was hoppy/body odor. First flavor notes are alcohol, hops, cherries, and caramel. Good taste. My first experience with a barley wine, and it is very good. Finish is sweet with a a nice alcohol bite. Some grassiness on the finish. Yummy.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep red, with short lived white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma with sweet maltiness. Syrupy mouthfeel. Carmel, with toffee flavors. Bitter, thick finish. Warming alcohol bite. This is good, but I don’t know how much it stands out in the world of barley wines. Could be more complex. This is still a nice beer from a unique brewer.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightlly hazy reddish amber with off-white head. Sweet lemon and raisins aroma, with pinous resinour overtones. Hops come out as beer warm up. Very hoppy and resinous tatse, with lots of malt sweetness in the end. The hops become more complex as the beer warms up. A cross between an IPA and a BW. Good stuff. Thanks to the Cap!
OldGrowth (2699) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brewtopia, great nose, copper color, Pine,abv. citrus in the flavor. Syrupy body with bitter finish. Very tasty, though it almost seemed like an IPA. Gotta have another to improve my notes.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Bottle at Brewtopia ’04
American style Barleywine. Deep amber with little head. Malty aroma with detectable presence of higher alcohols. The hop bitterness overpowers the maltiness in the flavor. Somewhat out of balance. This probably would be good to lay aside and re-rate after some aging.
Much smoother and the hops were in balance this time to suit my tastes.. The several years in the cellar proved to be good for this one in every way.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure of my bottle vintage, but I think this was a little green. Much more hops than I expected. Very deep opaque red color. Started with more head than others I have had in the style. Left a little lacing in the glass. Aroma is powerful with brown sugar and butterscotch. It also has a little pine and orange. The taste is full and smooth, at first. As I drank more, the taste of toast, maple and butter go away. At the end all I could taste was a piney hops. Needs more malt and sweetness to balance this one out. This is a great barley wine for hopheads.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red barleywine. Huge hoppy nose- flowers, peaches, pine, apricots, with a touch of sweet crysal malt in the background. Flavor is quite powerful, sweet, then bready, then hoppy then bitter. Palate is thick and creamy, and very warming as it goes down. This is one of the few that can stand with Old Guardian in terms of a sheer assault on your tastebuds. It may lack the depth of some other BW’s, but it makes up for it with simple, delicious, directness. Wonderful beer!