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.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Deep amber color with a small light brown head. Malty rasin and alcohol aroma. Strong malt and alcohol flavor followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Could use some aging to smooth out the edges.
boto (1856) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Bottle: The beer is a dark amber color. There was a bit of a head, but it went away almost immediately. There is a sweet aroma to it. It seems to be comprised of many different fruits. Also a hint of alcohol to the nose. It has a rich, sweet malty taste. Slightly syrupy, with a hint of alcohol coming through. Very rich and warming. I'm glad I let this sit for about a year to mature. Very enjoyable!
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice beer. Big in taste has a barleywine nose. Nice warming beer. Clear caramel color. enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. I like this much more than I remember, and it hasn't even aged. Maybe this years is the best yet, who knows. Clear carmel brew. Big Barleywine nose. Flavor is big and malty. Appropriate alcohol notes are there. Very enjoyable.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby weds terra-cotta in this head-shy monstrosity. the lace is dotty and temporal, and staggers home in an uncertain descent, numbed by the rising fumes of alcohol. the nose is candy-bar caramels and scotch malts with rose and praline, all trying to distract you from a vast open-air pit of alcohol. on my first sip, i involutarily said "ouch" -- but in a nice way. it was in response to a gentle but warning bite-- reminding me to take it slowly. as a brassy liqueur of honey and the resin of ancient vanilla trees, it's convincing-- but that sharp-toothed carbonation confirms it's a beer. like an ipa is a celebration of hops, this libation is a fine celebration of the too -often denigrated but essential component of beer: the ABV. here it is, dominating the lightly citrus heath bar flavors and moderate bitterness. the demi-bourbon puissance lifts the hops right into your sinuses. like the maligned hunchback of notre dame, this monster has far more nuance and sensitivity than the brutish form may suggest.
jaymobrown (1672) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003: Malt and vanilla nose. Really thick syrup type of palate. Had a tobacco, pipe, smoke, wet cigarette taste. Didn't notice much of the alcohol. Nice thick flavors.