presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light copper colour. Heavy alcohol aroma. Alcohol edge but still smooth. Not as thick or spicy as most in the style.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6484) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 I look forward to the release of this one each year . This is my favorite of the yearly production beers from Brooklyn. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer poured a nice mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was malt, molasses and a nice hop presence. The flavor was caramel, malt, and some hops - particularly on the finish. A nice barleywine that is strong, flavorful and no too heavily dominated by the hops.
freekyp (1855) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Sharply bitter with a sweetness that was not cloying. Clear deep amber with a slight, quickly receding tan head. Alcoholic but somewhat hidden. Not thick and syrupy like some other barleywines. Slick mouthfeel with some fruity notes.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) I rated this beer when it first came out in 1999, and it was very hot with harsh bitterness, but several years of aging have been very beneficial for this barleywine; Sweet and malty, this barleywine has a fairly strong bitterness throughout, but it never overpowers the sweet maltiness, an area where the aging has helped tremendously; Its potent alcohol is very apparent; Typical palate for a barleywine: sticky, syrupy and full bodied; Very malty and sweet nose; Medium amber color and very cloudy, but I was sampling the bottom of the bottle; Small, light tan head fades to a ring very quickly
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 it’s peak.
jimmack (1223) - 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 one’s 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 I’ve had. Tasty, full bodied, great beer. If you haven’t tackled the Monster you should try to. It doesn’t 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) - København, 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.