HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very typical American barleywine, but I love that style. Intense hop aroma, and hop taste and bitterness to go with it. Malty backbone and alcohol aftertaste balances the beer well.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Deep amber color with a thin tight head. Aroma is hoppy and floral. Starts with a hoppy bite then turns malty and finishes bittersweet with definite alcohol.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good Barley Wine. Malt, hop, and grapefuit flavors. Finishes dry, clean, and slightly bitter.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy ruby color with big hoppy aroma.Sweet sugary taste in mouth.A little too sweet for a barley wine.A bitter alcohol flavor towards the end. A weird barley.
aracauna (3088) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is very hoppy. It has a big aroma and a sweet finish. There's a good balance, but it's more of a big IPA than a barleywine. Instead of the essence of a barleywine, it seems to have the flavors of an IPA with just the hint of strength like an I2PA would. As big of a beer as it is, that actually make it an impressive brewing feat.
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby tinted amber colour with a thinnish off-white head. Sweet aroma of peaches, apricots, caramel, raisins, brown and caster sugars all with a hoppy note and a malt presence. Full-bodied; Somewhat spicey initial taste mellows to a sweet flavour of fruits and some caster sugar. Aftertaste somewhat alcoholic and a bit harsh. Overall, a decent barleywine, needs some time to mature, but $4 for a 65 cL bottle is NOTHING! I bought this 65 cL bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 23-December-2003.
haddon90 (1468) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, clear ruby color. Fruity, floral aroma. Very very inviting!! Nice lacing head. Very good smooth taste. Lingering hints of alcohol on the tongue. Hoppy. A great treat from Jeremy (jgb9348!!) Thanks!!!!
fiulijn (14790) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color. Strong and absolutely peculiar aroma: oranges, figues, flowers (violets…), mango. Sweet in the front, fruity (oranges, mango, plums, muscadel…), getting bitter and bitter. No need to talk about malt/caramel and hops…. Mellower than other heavily hopped North American brews.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley wine pours with a deep ambe/mohagony body topped by a medium thick off white head with tons of lacing. Wow! The hopstake over in this brew. The aroma is sweet and citrusy from the hops with a malty balance. The flavor is slightly sweet but then the hoppy bitterness hits the tongue. A citrus note and a sweet malty balance are hidden behind the hops. Ful bodied, smooth and warming.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
very very very disgustingly sweet and then suddenly tangy and bitter like toilet cleaner. ugh. ester fruit salad and alcohol taste only add to the sickliness. typical shove-as-many-ingredients-in-as-possible cough syrup.