Aubrey (3509) - 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 (454) - 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...
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A simple barley wine, malty a little sweet hops balancing it out nicely. Almost an every day beer
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: malty sweet aroma, small thin head, dark brown/ruby hue, it's nice to find some sweet maltiness coming from the west coast, light bodied, slightly watery, hops finally poke through at the end, overall a bit of a letdown
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in color, initially a thick tan head. Alcohol and ripe fruits. Big and full, very ripe. Yeasty hints. A creamy mouthfeel and a warm yeasty finish.
BillKismet (3823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cherrywood colored with a thick, tannish head. The aroma had touches of marsala and intimated an appealing full bodiedness, but the bouquet would not unravel. The body is alcoholic and at some points ether-like, but this was completely drinkable. However, this beer would reside on the lower end of my barleywine list---complexity never manifested itself.
Andrew196 (1405) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this beer on cask in downtown portland and it was by far the jewel of my west coast roady. It had a dark ruby red color. The initial taste was very creamy and winelike and ulimately finished with fruity, yeasty perfection. Well masked alcohol too. Cask-conditioning made this beer totally awesome!
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1999 vintage, rated 2003
Dark amber-orange; aroma is typical of barley wines this age - toffee, chocolate, molasses, with slight band-aid phenols. Rich complex malt profile - earth and pine included. Solid and serviceable, as it's always been.