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 (1277) - 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 (6905) - 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.
Aubrey (3502) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Thick head; deep ruby red. Rich and chewy malts with a big fruitiness -- cherries, and possibly raspberries too. Alcohol is noticeable, but masked well behind malts. Earthy, a bit phenolic, and maybe even woodsy. Surprisingly, not very hoppy. Big salty note exudes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well into the aftertaste.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
vinous mlightly hopped nose. dark with a lasting head. juicy, syrupy, rich fruity with hints of plumbs. toffee, molasses but no hops.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 First had this brew on cask at the brewpub in portland. It's amazing on cask. I just opened up a bottle, 2003 vintage. It's pretty darn good in a bottle. Beautiful appearance, masks the ABV well, a little fruity. Rerate:bonus points for cask, I had it again recently.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 A barley wine for the masses. Aroma of fruit, faint cinnamon and vanilla, faint yellow cake, touch of bubble gum, grapes, and roasted malt. Semi sweet flavor with a touch of brown sugar. A little over carbed, not sweet enough, and simple...