DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much head, reddish amber coloration. Sharp vinous aroma, with a barky, spicy pine flavor with a sweet undertone. I poured my in an abbey glass, but I think a traditional tulip would have been better to capture the aromas. It's not a simplistic beer by any means, but I can't get around the dominant pine needle flavor.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter hops smell, nice dark amber appearance. Flavor is mostly hoppy with a floral undertone. Definite alcohol bite with average mouthfeel.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber-red coloured beer with a small head. The aroma is hop and some citrus. The taste is sweet spicy and floral with a bitter, alcohol flavoured finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 2003 bomber. Pours a light brown with some darker mahogany colors lurking. Yellowish/burnt brown towards the edges. Tons of lacing as it goes down. Moderately small dark beige/brown head. Lots of carbonation in the bottle (typical of Avery). Slightly cloudy. Smells of rich roast, slight amounts of licorice, lots of alcohol, some burnt walnut, and of course, barley and hops, though it is a more refined, drier barley smell. Opens up restrained and quite balanced, good strong orange flavor. Alcohol present, but it waits until towards the finish to really jump out. Body is quite complex and medium-full, tending more towards medium. Lots of hops, dry, strong toffee and a lively carbonated, salty texture. The finish is alot like the porter, only stronger and more apt for the style: dry hops mix with lots of alcohol and roasted barley. Some problems with astringency, needs aging much like the North Coast Old stock, but dosent have enough malt to show as much potential, just needs to even out a bit in the finish. FINALLY an Avery Beer I get along with!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Viscous beer with slow moving CO2 bubbles and deep orange-amber body with large floating particulates that look like flakes of skin. Aroma is both syrupy sweet and savory, like caramelized fruit and seawater. Spicy hop smell is also quite evident. Flavor strikes me as mellow and balanced for a barley wine with some pleasing brackishness on the palate. This is a familiar beer that I’ve consumed repeatedly. Very good.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolute perfection. Nice malty/caramel aroma that lingers. Mouthfeel is full and balanced, thick as a milkshake. Light hoppiness on the finish that reminds you you're still drinking "beer". Overall one of my favorite beers in the world.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Major thanks to Andrew196 for sending this one across to me!
Kicks Asssss! I may just be mad but this beer reminds me of Arrogant Bastard?
This barley wine pours an initial sudsy off white, almost greenish colored head, but the body of this brew is an extraordinary sunset, a golden, bronze, amber array. Because I feel they basically go hand in hand, the flavor and aroma are floral, fruity and hoppy, grapefruit, pares, caramel, plums, guava, figs, and caramel; it’s extraordinary, but the malty addition keeps it all balanced! The palate is silky sweet, oily, like a light consistency syrup. Hog Heaven is another marvelous masterpiece in my books!
carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2008 The label has flying pigs -- how could it NOT be a great beer...Pours amber/ruby with no head. Serious hops are all I smell, but the aroma stays within the glass unlike some other serious barleywines that have an aroma noticeable several inches (or feet) away. One taste says it all. Deliciously complex, but almost perfectly balanced. Alcohol is amazingly hidden between the hops and malt. It is also not sickeningly sweet on the finish like some barleywines. When you get up to this league of beers, any criticism is a matter of personal preference and hair-splitting. This one is truly incredible to me.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rough, unrefined, potent brew. Hoppy, bone dry flavor. Alcohol very apparent. Some malt, raisin, and caramel notes. A big bitter beer. Too much for me.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Walnut colored with a moderate tan head. Intense toffee, caramelly nose with earthy, pungeant hops balancing the act. Alcohol present, but sufficiently covered by the malts and hops. This is a very well balanced barleywine with the malts and hops struggling to a draw for control of the flavor profile. Prunes and raisins possibly towards the middle of the flavor profile. Mild, sweet aftertaste lingers for a bit. Impressive.