lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: cinnamon, brown sugar, carmel, yeast
Appearance: muddy brown, no lacing, very small forced white head
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, liquor-like, hops, yeast, and grapefruit flavors
Palate: warming, very robust flavors
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/18/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO 9/30/05. Rated blind. Muddy brown-orange with a rocky, soapy head of cream froth, strangely lasting. Very little lacing. Aroma steers towards the berry end of barleywines, rich with juniper and prevalent higher alcohols, sweetly resinous with a tangy, zesty sappiness. Some aged piney hops but somewhat little caramel depth, masked mostly by the sweet fruitiness. Like berries tossed in a few teaspoons of melted brown sugar. Flavor strikes immediately with oxidation, a sweet papery taste, even in this relatively young age (though, to be fair, it HAS been 6 months). Also lots of sticky berry skins and a light earthiness. Soggy-dusty hop resins mingle with the malt. Pretty good balance, actually, and Iím not overtly offended with the oxidation. Medium body with an interesting cooling sensation and prickly, sappy finish. Quite dry and stiff, alcohol blending with a puckering twiggy earthiness and still the ever-present berries. Like licking sweet sap from a smooth piece of tree bark. Warms the belly within the first few gulps. A solid barleywine for those lazy winter weekends of three daysí growth on the facial hair when a feeling like your tongue being tickled with light sandpaper doesnít seem so bizarre.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, enjoyed with some hard manchego cheese and black olives.Light chestnut with small diminishing head. When the bottle is opened I picked up a whiff of wet socks worn in sneakers for several hours - however as the aroma evolved it got more pleasant with hints of esters and some alcohol. Flavor is rather balanced to wards a classic English Barleywine, with the hops playing in the background, providing mostly bitterness. Smooth syrupy mouth feel with light carbonation.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2002: Cloudy amber/ruby, small head which fades quickly to nothing. Caramel and maple nose, overall quite sweet smelling. Burnt caramel malt shares the palate with dry floral hops. Lasting dry bitterness in finish, no sign of alcohol here.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cloudy brown, the beer has a sweet aroma with caramel and boozey notes. The beer tastes sweet, boozey, complex malt and hop flavors. The palate has a light fizz and medium body. Overall a typical barleywine, not over the top but solid.
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(gabf 2003) Pours a cloudy brown with a sweet aroma. Very smooth taste with a flavor that combines all of the great elements of a barleywine - plums, chocolate, cherries and caramel. Catches on the roof of the mouth.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Nose with honied malt and spicy hops. Thick on the tongue with a start of smooth lightly toasted hops. Moves into a fruity and grassy hop finish. No hint of alcohol over the sweet malts. Not a bad little beer.
BritAlesRule (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep rich mohogany. Malt, Cordials. Booze, Chocolate and some woody aspect. Head doesnít last but lacing is nice. Taste is deep dark overripe fruits, chocolate, caramel, and christmas cherry cordials. Brandy-ish. Mouthfeel is perfect. Easily Bristolís best beer.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Dark brown color with off white moderate to low head. Nice caramel and malty aroma, vanilla. Moderate hop aroma. Very flavorful with nice sweet vanilla and caramel with balanced hops. Medium full body. A great barley wine!
theothermatt (185) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 bottle! Holy shit! Sweet aroma. A bit of maple. Smooth with a little oxidation. Held up really well for such an old beer. Nice.