Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big grapefruit/floral aroma. As it came up to room temp, the aroma shifted to the floral side. I thought there was a nice balance of malt in the taste, I would expect this to become more pronounced in a year. My only dissappointment was it was a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Very nice BW.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear red with a real nice off white head and real nice lace. The aroma is pine and sweet malt. The flavor is pine and caramel, but mostly pine. The palate is a bit thin for a Barley Wine, but still holds up. Overall, I like a little less hop in Barley Wines, but good none the less.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cheers to Mike - kujo9 - for providing me with this one. Rich copper-kettle color with minimal off-white head. Hoppy citric aroma leads to a warming, slightly candy-sweet hoppy body. The bitterness fights through the caramel and leads to a nice lingering finish that could be a little chewier. Not sure how much this will improve with cellaring - probably somewhat but it drinks nicely now. Solid but not a WOW beer like some of the top BWs.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a amber-copper color with a thin white head. Has a grapefruit and pine aroma. Flavors of hops, caramel, sugar, and malt.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red copper color with small wh-le head. Aroma is bitter with Caramel and lemon notes, a malty backbone. Flavor is bitter throughout, Caramel evident ana a touch of alcohol in the finish. Surprisingly, the palate is a little thin. Not bad, but doesn't stack up to some of the better barley wines out there.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear reddish color with some brown/mahogany hues, thin constant white head, well-hopped, grapefruit and pine, malty with whiffs of alcohol, candy, cherries; flavor is bitter with grapefruit and pine flavors, hints of alcohol, malty sweet but not overdone, some cherries and prunes, a bit candyish, could mellow a bit, decent palate and texture
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice barley wine. Nice and hoppy, yet not bitter. This is an above average barleywine.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The reddish dark wine pours a lazy white head. The aroma presents a big hop nose. Sharp bitter bite in the initial taste. Flavor is in the alcohol, but semi-sweet for a smooth balance. Pleasant delicate aftertaste. Mixed on this one. Definitly should be aged.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barleywine is very drinkable. Very hoppy, I have yet to try an unhoppy barleywine.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firey red and clear in color. Really nice and hoppy. Nice tan head. Caramel malty flavor. Not overly bitter. Very good.