beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a glowing deep and clear ruby-brown with a thin light tannish fluffy head, very thin, intricately whisped curtains and ink blot lacing surrounds the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued with an overall malty sweetness of caramel and some nice pine sap and dry hop wood-like variants. Taste withstands some nice sweet tones in its malts touching on some caramel with some very light and dulled dried citrus. Finishes with a good hop dryness of wood and pine, very easy on the bittering scraping up some grassy notes late. Feel is a smidgon under medium bodied lacking some girth, creamyness, smoothness, and nearly everything I desire out of a BW. Hops make for a nice finish, but I needed more out of it. For me, this stuff needs a boost, its missing a thicker volume in both flavor and body; length too. Not bad, more of a mediochre-close-to-good BW. Seems more like a very good Red ale like Bear Republic's Red Rocket then a BW. I do like the flying pigs on the label though.
jamdead (8) - Ashland, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A personal alltime favorite. Maybe more of an Imperial Pale Ale, none the less it is great. Lots of hops!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep cloudy dark amber-copper color with a small creamy off-white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, sweet fruity aromas of apples and pears. Sweet and malty like a good barleywine, sweet and sticky finish, very smooth and full bodied with a full and syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, very complex and very smooth, nice.
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Reddish amber color with a small off white head, that leaves just a ring around the edges but left nice lacing. Sweet citric hop/malt nose (reminded me of arrogant bastard). Fruity (grape) hop with a malt finish, alcohol was just slightly present.
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 (3191) - 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 (4990) - 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.