SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 2000 vintage. Pours hazy brown with a thin ring of bubbles and some lacing. Malty aroma with notes of maple syrup, alcohol and turpentine. Sweet, sweet flavor, brown sugar also with astringent quality and bitter finish. Smooth body, kind of thin for the style and no carbonation to speak of. Maybe past itís peak.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with small off white head.
Aroma of malt, citrus and bread. Sweet
malt flavor with hints of dark fruit and
caramel. Has a nice dry finish that is very warming.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
200th site rating for the Monster. Barlywines are always interesting. This oneís been hybernating for about six weeks. These are my impressions, tons of head. Dark amber color, Eggshell foam. Looks rich, acts rich but does it tastes rich? This is definitely the best Barleywine to date!!! Not too overpowering, excellent flavor. Nice hops without tearing my face off like the other barleywines have. Says English style Barleywine. I prefer this to the others Iíve had. Tasty, full bodied, great beer. If you havenít tackled the Monster you should try to. It doesnít always have to overpower to be a great beer.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light ruby red colored with no head to speak of. Smells alcoholic and of dark fruits. Flavor is thick with dark cherries and alcoholic. This barley wine is more on the sweet side than the bitter side.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 vintage sampled 7/17/04. Red body, medium off-white head, fruity, slgihtly vinous, malty nose. Sweet flavor, somewhat sugary, malty, some bitterness in the finish. Lacks the assertive hoppiness of many well-known American examples. This probably would be better with some more aging.
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 "This Monster Ale was born in 2004"... 35.5 cl bottle. Served in cognac snifter. Reddish amber color. Nice, compact head. Warm, malty aroma with obvious alcohol presence, plenty of fresh hops, and fruity sweetness. Big, warm, aggressive flavor w/ powerful malt backbone and assertive, bitter hop finish w/ plenty of alcohol. Thick, full, slightly sugary mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping-beer, but a well-balanced one.
Maddog (400) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For a beer to be called a barleywine, it better live up to the hype. This ale is rather disappointing in that the body was thin and puny. For an 11% ABV brew, I canít believe the overall palate and body is so thin. You know a barleywine falls short when it doesnít knock your socks off with a burst of complex flavors and bouquet.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown/reddish, with big aroma of fruit, peat, fruit, some hops, and red wine. Tastes very fruity, malty, with hints of red wine, peat, prunes, tons of other fruits, and port in the finish. Winter-warmerish.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. Average sized, creamy, off-white head is slowly diminishing. Clear, dark red body. Bread, cookie, caramel, nutty malt (H); flowery hops (L); light alcohol, prune, peach, wine, butterscotch, ginger aromas. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Mineral aftertaste. Medium-full body, oily texture, slightly alcoholic, average carbonation. The bottom line is: an unfortunate overipe peach flavor is present.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a viscous translucent reddish amber, small fizzly cream colored head, respectable lacing, with virtually no carbonation.   Definite alcohol on the aroma.   Slight hint of sweet malts, salt, and toffee, otherwise its mainly alcohol.   Forwardly grainy, slight muttled vanilla and caramel.   Sweet, but as much as I would have liked.   Slight alcohol and flora, but the alcohol isnít overly harsh.   Very warming tho.   Finishes slightly bitter, a tad thin, and somewhat medicinal (probably the 11% ABV).   I think this one would have been better had they toned down the 11% and brought up the sweetness just a tad.   Decent, but prefer Boardhead and Old Ho over this one.   Thanks goes out to austinpowers for the trade!