happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 22 oz. bottle(2002)Pours out w/a very huge egg nog head that sticks around like a bad habbit.Lace is rich and sticky.Aroma of nice spicy hops/sweet malts(reminds me of a can of paint at times).Tastes awesome.Crisp bright hops w/a great malt backbone.Not thick in the mouth.Very,very smooth and slick.Full flavored yet nothing is overbearing(almost thin at times?)As this beastly hog warms I start to get a nice slightly roasted chocolate malt vibe.Such a perfect blend of ingridients.Upon finishing this masterpeice of a barleywine(IMO) there is a substancial bit of off tone cream to sniff on and anticipate the rest of this heavenly experience.One of the mellowest and flavorful barley wines ever!9.2% is there but not in the way.This tastes very fresh after being bottled for a year or so.The white part of the cap was the most mangled thing I've ever seen(usually meaning the brew is past it's prime,not this time)Having younger bottles since it comes across quite different.A nice tad of honey dipped citrus hops lingering in the finish.Different for the style.Best enjoyed at 50-60 drinking temp.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a medium tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy with malts and some grassy hints. The flavor is surprisingly smooth for the high alcohol content. The hops don't carry through as strongly into the flavor, but the taste starts sweet and ends with a bitter/dry taste. I really enjoyed this barleywine.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown, decent head, very nice lacing. Aroma of malts, golden raisins, spicy hops. Flavors opened up as it warmed. At the end, good balance of caramel malt flavors and hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Average body.
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i just assumed that i would like this beer and was pretty surprised when i didn't. it had an ordinary amber colour and raisin and oak aroma. tasted very bready and sweet. it was very hard to believe that there were 100 IBU's as i couldn't really find much bitterness. the flavour didn't really go anywhere other than become sweeter. no finish to speak of. a big disappointment. the only positive is that double-edged sword of 'well-disguised alcohol' which could also be called a lack of guts
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice reddened copper body. Huge aroma. Sweetened malt, light hops, caramel notes, and peach/nectarine. The tongue is more of the same but feels like it's not full. Seems wispy. The taste is comprised of Malt and fruit with even lighter hops. Alcohol notes enter into the mix but are not dominant. Little bit of bitterness towards the end. Good beer!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber ruby color with light sticky head and lacing. The aroma is an excellent balance of malt and hops, a light dry dusty roasted grain smell with an onterage of well mixed hops. The flavor is also a harmony of flavors that showcase this beers strong suits. This is one of the easiest drinking barleywine's I've ever had. The alcohol is present but well hidden with a mouthfeel of bittering from the hops. OVerall this is a great barleywine, glad I was able to try this one.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown with no head or lacing. Malt, hops and fruits (grapefruit?) in the aroma. Caramel flavors with some roastiness, finishes with a touch of bitterness. Sticky palate, not too bad though.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange body with almost no head. I make an effort to pour straight and a small head quickly disappears to let a sticky ring surround the glass. Big and intense hop aroma. I don't know if that's typical to Columbus hops, but it pretty much reminded me of sweat which the first sip confirmed. In mouth, I'm very disappointed with the weak palate. I expect more from a beer with that much ingredients (although the hop flavors' intensity are just overpowered and remove from the complexity). On the other hand, the malts are there to calm down those 100 IBUs and ensure a good drinkability, but WHERE IS THE BODY! Overall, very tasty, but with some glitches I couldn't really tolerate, especially in a barley wine, this seemed more of a double IPA. Enjoy hopheads. Thanks Mr Crvich.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice citrus, fruity aroma. Malty and warming, the alcohol is ever present. Nice barley wine, but something is missing.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, citrus and hops. Some sweet malt flavors, but its mostly pretty dry and hoppy. Long bitter hop finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden except for the warmth.