jgb9348 (4659) - 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 (1439) - 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 (14340) - 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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Pours a decent amber with large eggshell colored head. I thought the 9.2% was masked nicely. Aromas of malt, caramel & dried fruits. The question should be asked, is there a hoppier barleywine around?
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoooee! I wasn't expecting such a hoppy barleywine. Had it last night with the remains of the weekend's lasagna. ...Interesting pair. I get peaches, cherries, and some other non-placeable aromas. Palate is smooth, alcohol is fairly well-hidden, and while noticeable, is not even slightly disagreeable. Definitely has a nice sweet finish - gets sweeter as it warms up.
YogiBeera (2448) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, alcohol and malt nose. Amber red color with a little accomplishing head. Strong alcohol taste, also hoppy. Notes of grapes are coming upfront. Refreshing with a sharp aftertaste - kind of edgy.
pivo (2545) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy moly is this stuff hoppy. Right from the start you get a huge whaft of hops in the nose - like fresh cut flowers. I'm partial to these kinds of beers. The body is thin-ish and quickly turns to a sharp and complex hop character that leaves a lingering bitterness in your mouth for minutes. Zesty and peppery. Reminds me of Bigfoot. Strong alcohol and an insane amount of hops - my kind of beer!
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 Not as good as I expected. Needs more malt. Hops are a bit strange. Avery did much better with the reverend.