jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper in colour with a medium-sized tan head with large bubbles. Pit fruit smells such as prunes and figs dominate the aroma with caramel and roasted malt aromas in the background. Full-bodied; strong initial taste of pit fruit and malt, then fades to show some hops and coffee/chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable after you take a sip, and fades away a few minutes later. Not really recommended by me, there are plenty of better barley wines to try no matter what coast you live on. Overall, a decent beer, but not really fitting in the barley wine category...it seems like more of a traditional ale in my opinion. This one most remineded me of Young's Old Nick "barley wine". I had number 11 from the 2003 bottling. I bought this 12 ounce beer at Liqour Mart in Boulder, Colorado.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003:Dark oarnge.Fizzy head leaves good ring. Candyish,fruity aroma. Mainly malty aromas. Mouthfeel is thick,but a tad on the watery side.Decent fruity,sweet,slightly bitter flavors.Good mellow carbonation makes smooth.Finish is sweet,woody,and slightly crisp.Overall, a pretty decent BW.
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 1999: 6.5 year old bottle. No head when poured. Rich and sweet nose, you can smell the oxidation easily, but it’s not too much of a bad thing with this beer. Subdued overall, perhaps even a bit bland at times, with some light plums and light alcohol apparency.
2003: Deep copper brown. Nose of red wine, cedar, and strawberries, but loses a point for too strong of an alcohol aroma. A little thin initially on the tongue, with not too much carbonation but also not much alcohol present on the tongue, so the experience is all kind of mellow and soft. Mild cedar, allspice, oak, and cranberry flavors. Fairly weak on the tongue, and flavor-wise there is not anything which stands out to make a strong case.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brownish murky color. The aroma was of plumbs and raisons. The flavor is plummy with slight alcohol. Warming to the tummy like a barley wine should be. A very smooth and soft palate.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany colored with a small creamy beige head. SMells and taste like sweet raisins. Has a medium body and velvetty palate.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #11, 2003: This barley wine pours a wonderfull, clear, ruby red mahogany color with a small, diminishing, light tan head. It has a nice malty sweet aroma with a touch of alcohol. It has a full body with soft carbonation. The flavor is mostly malty sweet with a slightly floral hop taste in the finish, though even the finish is dominated by the malts. Alcohol is well hidden. A fantastic barley wine that really put the emphasis on the malts rather than the hops, which is typical of many American barley wines. This one is extremely smooth, malty sweet, and highly drinkable despite the big ABV. Very nice.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can't give a better description of the appearance than the commercial discription: Mahogany Color, no head. Malty sweet, with some hops(not enough in my opinion) to offset the sweetness. Sweet finish, with some hop bitterness. Nice Barley!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle version. Great red color. Would improve with age. Strong malty taste, with hopping that doesn't over do it. I want to age this...
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THIS is a barley wine. Not like that grapefruit juice that I just reviewd from HOTD. This is a thick, rich, malty brew; it's like a less strong Thomas Hardy's or JW Lee's. Good stuff!
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of orange peel, toffee, peach, light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. One of the bitterest barleywines I've had (though not quite as extreme as renditions like Old Crustacean), and a little too acidic for me, but the aroma is surprisingly pleasant thanks to more emphasis on malt than hops.