Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pigs are flying high on the label of this barleywine, and so is my pleasure in enjoying this beer!
Appearance: a bright, ruby-red grapefruit color, with a fine, brownish head.
Aroma: lifts right out of the bottle on first cracking the crown, and wafts into the nostrils from afar when poured into the glass. The perfect barleywine aroma: a bit musty, earthy, woody, but moreover, full of deep, rich, dark, burnished fruit, cherry, grape, plum, rich and sweet, very lively, delicious, uplifting.
On the palate, a nice blitz of hops, but the malt is massive here, imparting rich, thick, sensuous sweetness everywhere. Full, lush, tasty, bright, and ever-lasting in flavor. Long, generous finish, continuous taste. Very warming, especially near the end.
A very good barleywine, in a generous 22 0z. bottle. Now, thatís a nightcap!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice malty nose with a little hops noticable. Hazy amber color with a sticky off-white head. Tastes great! Definately among the hoppiest barley wines Iíve had. Still has that sweet syrupy malted barley wine taste, just hopped up. Very interesting take. Great brew.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This really didnít sit well with me. It pours attractively, robust amber-brown with little head, semi-syrupy. The aroma is big, most notably piney, with some Pine-Sol and alcohol notes, though not in an unattractive way. The flavor was sharp, moderately sweet and with a huge bitter hit in mid palate, floating back in a moderately metallic finish. Malts obvious present, but not sufficient. The palate maybe isnít super thick but didnít strike me as anything too suspicious. Very hoppy compared to the average barleywine, with too many nuttin-but-bitterness moments for my tastes.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve tried a few of the barley-wines now and their just not my bag. This wasnít bad, it sure gets your attention with the strong alcohol and powerful sweetness. It did have some good mixes of fruits and hops, with a good finish.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad barleywine. I drank this out of a giant wheat glass (i drink everything out of one. I love it) Might have affected the taste. However...after opening the bottle and giving it about .5 seconds to sit (no patience) I pour. Lovely golden caramel looking swill. Head is creamy, lacy and marrow colored. However it does look a little thin. The first sip confirms this. I like a good chewy barleywine...like your chewing taffy its so thick. This one doesnít quite come close but its good. Flowery nose fades into adjunct bitterness in the mouth...I mean adjunct. Very bitter...very satisfyingly bitter. Malts come through but I could have used more malty stickiness. Alcohol is very prevalent. After taste reminds me of Vodka. Towards the end every sip tastes like malt flavored bitter vodka. Not bad...simply astringent. If you liked the bitterness of Bigfoot, but wanted it a little less like a hops milkshake this is your barleywine.
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 (12594) - 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.