TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottled: Beer pours nice amber red color with a big off white head that mostly diminishes. Aroma is a bit understated, although notes of malt, alcohol, raisins, and a little mustiness. Rich, complex flavor begins spicy, then some serious sherry likness kicks in the finish is quite warming. Definetely a big winter beer and a good one.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought on my holiday to New York. Strong toffee and caramel nose with cognac hints. Dark bronze hue with an off white head. Rich sweet taste of toffee with cognac hints and a sappy complex. A warm barley wine not as good as my favourite to date Old Nick
raymow (850) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice fruity aroma, subtle and not overpowering. Decent flavor - more or less a typical barleywine. Not bad, but I was expecting a little more. It just didn't knock my socks off, but maybe I was expecting a little too much.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 2003: Has a thick and dark amber color with minimal head, a floral nose full of sweet maple, light hops, and sugary malts. The flavor is dominated by a sweet cherry and wood character, with a fairly obvious blanket of alcohol, giving this a very thin and "young" personality. Though it is unaged, it is still quite sweet and flavorful. A moderately strong barley wine with hints of Christmas spice.
2006: Maple and bacon and pecans in the nose, big malt profile, lacking any real depth of flavor, with a lightly spicy, dull hop presence. Lighter on the tongue than it should be, less chewy than I like, but still nothing to complain about. Won’t win any awards for best barley wine, but it’s tasty.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 edition. Grape, malty and rich aroma. Coppery color, nothing really special, and the head didn't last terribly long. I'm getting a sweet apple flavor and some malts. The mouthfeel is a little it sticky and the aftertaste a touch hoppy. Good stuff.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours a garnet/copper with a thin head that turns wispy and clings at the edges to my goblet. Aromas of Edgar's Amontillado, apple cider, banana, chewed chicklets, and malt whiskey. Taste is unintriguing up front: malty at first like a lager with some bready sweetness. Hops enter in the middle with a fruit blossom essensce. The back is surprisingly bitter, but completely welcome. Mouthfeel is more creamy than it is cloying or sticky-sweet, that is until the end when the body drops out and finishes a bit light. The alcohol comes in late, too, I thought; but overall it is nicely warming and ample for the style.
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
03 Vintage: Small tan head that fades into a thin ring on top of a clear amber colored brew. Malty, fruity nose. Medium bodied, sorta thin. Malty with some cough medicine and grainy notes. Finish is dry. This beer was a dissapointment, sadly.
haddon90 (1493) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy/floral aroma. Ruby color with a nice head. Bubbles rise to the top. Nice smooth taste. Rich flavor. Hops, malty, sugar, hint of vanilla. Not to overwhelming with the alcohol adds a nice finish to this fine brew!
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Candy hop aroma mixed with vanilla. The nose could be a bit more pronounced. Ruby gold in the glass, no head. Big rich mouthfeel. Overloads the tounge with hops, brown sugar and plum. Aftertaste is vanilla and the burn of a nice potato vodka.
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Price: $9.99/6-pack (12 oz bottles) - 2003 edition.
Appearance: Nice deep amber, nice fluffy head that disappears quickly, but laces nicely.
Smell: Definitely has a sweet wine scent to it. Nice.
Taste: I'd give it a 3.75 if I could, but since we can't, it bumps down to a 3.5. Nice sweet bite going in, thick in the mouth, and finishes with a decent dry liquor taste, while warming my insides up as it goes down.
It's drinkable, but never a session beer. It'd make a nice opener