Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 2003 at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY.</br> Reddish brown with tawny tinge and tawny coloured head. Strong and sweet but not silky or smooth.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 bottling. I enjoy barleywines, but this didn't do the trick. Poured red-brown with a light tan head that was initially thick but soon dissipated. Earthy hops aroma with fermented fruit notes. Flavor was not very interesting; slightly sweet fermented fruit notes mingled with earthy hops and strong alcohol flavors. Rather thin-bodied, which also contributed to the alcohol notes being so strong. Not a very good barleywine.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very balanced. The first sniff is hops. The second sniff is alcohol and the third sniff is the fruit and malt. It's a very good flavor, really malty. This is a great beer. Copper with a small head.
DYCSoccer17 (3210) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2003: Pours a transparent amber with a small 1cm quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is acidic with a hint of roastiness. Start is slightly sweet with some citrus hops in the middle. End is bitter with noticeable ethanol heat. Aftertaste is sweet and mellow and very enticing. A very good barleywine. The aftertaste clinches this one.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the worst labels I've seen on a good beer, but that's the worst part about it thankfully. Different from most of the barley wines I've been drinking latley. Very clear reddish-copper color. Not much head or lacing. Taste is strong in alcahol. It tastes like a cognac having notes of raison. Caramel with some apricot also comes with it. Leaves a nice lingering bitter alcahol aftertaste. Kind of like drinking liquor.
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good barley wine, not a strong alcohol taste. I drank it at about 60F so the taste was wonderful
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma - slightly burnt malt; appearance - deep, clear ruby-red rich color, lacing was evident; flavor - rich, malty, chocolaty flavor. there was a strong, yet pleasing alcohol presence; palate - felt pleasing in the mouth. bitterness was there, pleasant rich flavor, almost syrupy, with no pungent aftertaste. overall - WOW a great barleywine beer. remember this is not a guzzling beer! you savor and sip this beer and try to sense all the flavors this brew can impress upon your tastebuds....
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Vintage - Very nice ruby body. The head is also very nice, tan and creamy. Lacing is also nice. Chewy malty dark fruity aroma. Overall the aroma is kind of flat. The flavor is more impressive then the aroma. Major chewy malt with lots of citrus hops. Bitterness levels are balanced by the loads of sweetness which are very evident in the full syrupy body. The finish is surprisingly dry but very tasty. Overall a nice barley wine, but not the best. Looking forward to cellaring some of this stuff.
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
malty/sweet aroma. i really enjoyed the flavor of this one. there is a perfect balance of bitterness, maltiness, and sweetness. The alcohol flavor is really well hidden. delicious.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very fat beer, a little rough on the throat, with all that alcohol. Aroma of brandy and sugar and a slightly grassy taste. Definitely in baby liqueur territory here with all that raisiny, brandy flavour.