ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
good solid barleywine.
orange-red colour, thin head, aroma has a hint of tea leaves.
big hop taste which blends nicely with a malty sweetness.
- lots of flavours - all very strong. intensifoes as beer warms.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red/orange color. Just a wisp of a head on an aggressive pour. Initial aroma was mildly fruity which became strong grapefruit. Then segued into the most incredible boquet of hops and pine and eatrh that I think I have ever smelled. Unfortunately it tasted the same, and I am not a hophead by any stretch of the imagination. The end, the very very end of a swallow, held the smallest amount of maltiness to try to balance this out for me. Needs aging for me to begin to think of enjoying.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge american hop aroma--citruicy as all get out. Rich almost exaggeratedly malty flavor, with large amount of residual sweetness to counteract the hop blast. I agree with this being borderling imperial pale ale territory, but the maltiness screams barleywine enough for me to agree. This is a great beer.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Huge hoppy nose with notes of spice, pine, and citrus. I can smell this from three feet away. Has a garnet color so attractive, I considered asking it out on a date. The massive head only encouraged me more. It left so much lace I actually had difficulty scrubbing it off my glass. Sweet front. Piney flavors dominate. Syrupy mouthfeel, sticky and thick. Finish is sharp on the tongue, massive hop flavor grows and grows for for a full minute after the beer is swallowed. Generally, I like heavily hopped barley wines that but the earthy/piney flavors here are just too much. This is a great candidate for aging. I could see this mellowing to perfection in a few years. When it's young, though, it's just too abrasive.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice dark amber color and light tan head start this one. Aroma is VERY nice. Hoppy, but with a nice dryness to it and something I just can't seem to place. The flavor of this one is like NOTHING I've had before. This is very different from the Bells Third Coast Old Ale (which is categorized as a BW), and I must say that I like it a lot. A VERY nice beer!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/light red beer with a medium sized head. It settles but sticks around and leaves nice lacework. Intensely sweet,hoppy(sappy,piney,resiny)aroma is just huge. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but body is huge. Sharp bitter,sweet-malt flavors lead to a brown sugary,sweet,finish.The hops linger for minutes in the throat. Very drinkable for big beer.I always enjoy this one.
redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is refreshing, crisp hops, no alcohol is detected. For a 9.2% beer this is very drinkable. The malts come out as it warms to hit the tip and sides of the tongue but the hops come out in force at the back. A very creamy feel with a saliva inducing aftertaste. This is more drinkable than most pales's and IPA's I have tried at half the ABV. A real find.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chestnut brown/red color with a persisent white head. Strong hop aroma. Caramel, soft fruit, alcohol, some roastedness a little sweet with a nice hop finish. Creamy and smooth, this was a pretty nice barley wine.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really really ruby body with a tiny white head on top. Nose of cherries and berries, very sweet caramely notes, a bit of a floral presence and some citruciness as well. Obviously well hopped! A solid dose of alcohol, but follows up malty sweet and has an oily, dry hopped finish. Pretty neat. Has a definite brandy character to it. Pretty potent stuff. A bit more complexity from the malt aspect would do wonders for the balance. Perhaps something but super sweet caramel. Real sweet malty roof of the mouth well after the last sip.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10,000 hops scream as you are bombared by raisons. The tempature warms and the air becomes thick, "Its not the heat its the humidity" cackles spices as carmel begins its reign in the burning orange skies. Geisers well up and splatter their sticky froth on the windows. Little alcohol fires spring up from the herb laden ground with a puff of dust. Aprentices brooms from start to finish, sweet sweet finish.