OldGrowth (3009) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Molasses/raison/ABV. Roasty malt, sweet kinda mediciny. Slight syrupy, some linguring bitterness. A little roasted in the finish also. Good, not great. Lost some on the nose.
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught - 1 yr. lagering) Deep red beer; brownish, slight head. Very fresh nose, but subdued. Slight impression of piney hops. Taste is bitter, but with a lot of roasted/dark malts underneath the hops. The lagering seems to have very little done for the beer - there is a winey touch but the bitterness its too oppressive to give it a real chance. Very well bodied, oily, slick feeling. Still, to watery-thinnish texture for an aged Barley Wine. I would expect more.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned. Pours a deep amber with nice light brown head. Some aplle/fruit flavor in the nose. Slightly sour grape flavors. Average barleywine
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The marketing on this brew is truly amazing. Slap a pretty label on it, stress the 11th batch...it just disappointed me. The aroma was a bourbon/Southern Comfort blend. Extremely thin mouthfeel as well, especially for a barleywine. Flavors of brown sugar, apples, oatmeal and yes, bourbon.
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a pleasant port-like aroma and appearance - light ruby colored. Not much of a head. Sweet, malty flavor with some hoppy undertones - sweet but not cloying - goes down smooth. the 9.1% ABV is hidden very well - would make a good belly warmer in the winter.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly sweet hops apparent, not very complex but nice dark fruit is there. Filtered amber/ruby color with excellent head and lacing. Flavor is slightly watery, casked mild. Sweet bitter and metallic finish. An overall average barleywine, if you can consider the style average.
jgb9348 (5233) - 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 (8804) - 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.