TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
1997 sampling: The least complex barleywine I have tried. Peppery and malty. Not enough body to age well. Dregs in the bottle are hard to leave in. I only poured 10 oz. in to avoid ruining it.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent introduction to the barleywine style, but lacks the complexity and depth of bad boys like Bigfoot and Full Sail’s Old Boardhead.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 must say that there is little experience better than chasing an 8% ABV Beer with a 9.1% ABV beer, to make you realize, that we are all “Mortal”! But then I do have a 13% ABV beer waiting to chase these two?
A luminous deep ruby color on the pour, the head majestic in size, bubbly in texture, and light beige in color and the residual lace clings lovingly to the glass. A light hit of fusel alcohol, bubble bum, maybe a sweet over ripe pineapple tone, a great sniffer to be sure, start sweet and nicely malt laden, top is middling in feel. Acidic bite at the finish, the hops pounces on your palate, spicy and persistent, quite dry aftertaste that is long lasting and a great representative to the style.
jamidwyer99 (49) - Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2000
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had the ’97, ’93, and ’92, and to generalize, a little too cloying. But of course it’s quality, coming from Bridgeport.