Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at BridgePort, sampled 4 August 2004. This was the cask-conditioned version. Deep red body with a thin cream-colored head. Dark fruit aroma with caramel and, yes, alcohol. Bourbon was apparent yet not too aggressive in the flavor, complemented by caramelized malts, brown sugar, and alcohol. Not very complex, reminiscent of a few American versions of the "wee heavy" style. Hops were subdued. Average to below-average fare for a barleywine.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This barley wine pours with a deep red-brown/mohagony body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet yet bitter wtih candy sugar notes and alcohol notes. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with notes of alcohol and a touch of caramel and candy sugar. Medium to full bodied, tingly on the tongue yet smooth.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2004: Clear orange/red color, small white head. Raisins, plums and brown sugar in the aroma, starts off lightly sweet and gets a bit more sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, lively carbonation.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, opaque, reddish appearance, moderate head formation. Malty, jammy aroma, preserved fruits, sherry trifle. Red winey palate, plenty of berries (raspberry) up front, sweet and fruity, strong attack of citric bitterness and astringency. I love hoppy IPAís but the hops just seem to tarnish the vinuous fruity character. Almost great but just spoiled a little.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/24/04. Poured out of bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Dark orange-brown with a faint red trace. No real head-- a bit of a cognac appearance. Somewhat faint aroma, but itís pretty straightforward for the style with fruity malts. Flavor is dark, twiggy whiskey with subtle caramel. Pretty imbalanced even for a barley wine. Some metallic potency on the finish. Prickly. Medium-full body, sticky on the lips, but not much there. Not close to a great beer, but a serviceable barley wine.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured nice red amber with a tin tan head that left good lacing. Fruity malts and alcohol in the nose. Smooth, sweet flavor with a little hops and a bitter finish. Full body and mild carbonation. A serviceable barley wine, but nothing out of the ordinary.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this barleywine, which is not one of my favorite styles. Attractive pour at the brewpub and inviting. Aromas are vinous and sweet. Flavors are ever so slightly sour with caramel and toffee plus hop power. Body is rich and decadent. This is really great IMHO...a top tier barleywine.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
blood touched deep amber color with a halo of larger bubbles...sour rubbing alcohol soaked hop buds and fruits in the nose...deep & malty and significantly sweet flavors...nice and smooth (like the rap group) not overly complex though, but maybe its just too young.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but itís too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Almost red pour. Kind of dissapointing as the malt was by far overtaken by the hop taste. Canít say itís too strong but no balance.