TheBeerGod (5862) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle says No. 011, 2003 bottling. Pours ruby red with a small tan head. Nose is sugary with light alcohol notes, dark fruit, and malt. NICE! Taste is alcohol, sugary sweet malt, caramel, and more fruit. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and only a splash of bitterness during the finish. It's probably only a few months old but this is a rather perfect condition for a barley wine to be in. Similar to Legend Barleywine, in that it was also already "mature". Great beer!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Garnet body with significant carbonation and a tight silky sand-colored head. Sweet candy-like aroma of caramel, overripe berries, brandy, and musk. Sweet and leathery with a bitter finish. Has some wood polish elements in the flavor as well.
hopscotch (10524) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 2003 (Bottle)... Crystal clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of chocolate and toffee with some vinous notes. Nice, rich, malty flavor. Generous hop addition. Decently balanced. The high ABV is well-hidden. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, bitter finish. Very good stuff!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear chestnut, little head. Pungent aroma, dominated by sweet malty ambrosia, with caramel, bread, and a light fruitiness of oranges and plums. Flavor is medium sweet, vinous, with whisky, oak and cherry notes. Evinces a dry nutty bitterness. A bit too much effervescence to appreciate the taste fully, but some age could help that.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable "big" beer--big flavors of raisin, caramel, alcohol, spices, and warming acids. Deep red/amber color. Sweet but not especially sticky. Something seemed out of balance. There's a sharp edge in the finish. (on tap, BridgePort BrewPub, Portland)
JPDIPSO (5318) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003. Bright and clear old cherry wood color with only a small cover of heavy cream colored bubbles. Caramel, rum butter, apricots, and light chocolate with undertones of alcohol and resin. Oily start leads to a medium body which seems to become watery in during the taste. Earthy malt and fermented/over ripe fruit flavors. Very strong and lasting bitterness in the finish. I would have to say a prefer a malty finish.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
First off, it's ugly as all hell. No head, and a weird kind of see-through purple color. A little bit of cherries in the otherwise boring aroma. Very thin and even a little fizzy. I pick up some nyquil underneath all that fizz. I can drink it, but only because I'm a sucker for barleywines. This is way short of what I'm looking for though. I won't be buying this again, especially because there's so many more to choose from that are so much better (Full Sail, Victory, DogFish Head Immort Ale, etc.). No complexity or anything interesting in a positive way at all.
Terminus (3489) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-sampled at joeT's house alongside aceofhearts. Nice Vicous appearance in the tulip glass. Nice deep garnet hue. Hops in the flavors, but alcohol is also detected but the sweet malts try to mask it. Not that well infused. Could use 1-2 years of aging.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fizzy, reddish-amber. Strong-fruity aroma. Thick pour, a bit effervescent looking. Grapefruit and Chinook hoppish-tasting, quite strong and challenging. Sour, especially in the finish. Decent.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Vintage 2003) - What we have here is a gorgeous garnet body topped by a fluffy tan head. Glass lacing is very nice. Much more head than you typically see on a barley wine. The aroma is very fruity: cherries and plums mainly. There is also a good amount of sweet caramel and a tad bit of roasted malt. The flavor is also very fruity, yum, lots of plum with cherries lingering in the back. Not much sweetness and a medium amount of bitterness. Body is full and creamy. A bit different than the typical barley wine, but a very nice beer none the less.