omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Chestnut brown. Fruity, orangey nose. Very sweet and really hoppy. Thick, malty mouthfeel and lingering very bitter sugary finish. Probably still too young when I sampled it.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy ruby-brown with big and creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet, big malty, rich chocolate, raisin and plum. Taste is full, sweet, dark chocolate, malty, and vinous, finishing with nice alcohol warming. A damn fine beer, and it's a shame the company making it has gone out of business.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Chunky and brown; thick rich malts, dark chocolate. Still a little young, even though it is not made any more.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4-year-old bottle in 2005:
Brown sugar sprinkled on resinous hops. Maple syrup and caramel coating the fruit salad. Alcohol is burning from within, still showing some immaturity after these 4 years of aging.
A plethora of powerful flavors waken the palate, but appear somewhat disorganized. Alcohol, wooden hop bitterness, maple malt sweetness, fruity yeast, and sugar manage to titillate the pleasure-seeking tastebuds, and are helped by the scrumptious body. Canít tell if it has aged well as Iíve never had a younger version, but this remains a pleasant American barley wine.
Flying over Las Vegas in the middle of the night.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My sample was already aged for few years so maybe that’s why it had to floating chunks of stuff. Nice maltiness, thick and strong distinctive taste. Coffees aftertaste. Nice one.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Random bottle I picked up in a beer store in NH. Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells vinuous, earthy, some tea notes. Tastes lightly tarte with lots of tea like qualities. Definitely on the decline, but enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfiltered pour is betrayed by heavy chunks. Chestnut brown covered by a yellow film. Fruited brown sugar and overall yeasty character strike as rather bready with plenty of crystal malts and burnt toffee flavours. Very sweet in mouth, candyish brown sugar leanings with severe hop backings, mostly fruity and leafy with emanating citrus character toward the finish that lingers on with the coating sugar. Low carbonation and medium body may be growing tired as I feel they could tighten the flavours together with a bit more expertise, thus uplifting the focus from the crystal malts heaviness a bit.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for this rare sample, Indra. Poured with a dark ruby body and a yellowish head. The aroma was rich with toffee, some old prunes and molasses. You can tell this has a few years on it. The taste was sweet molasses with lots of pears and toffee. The carbonation was very smooth. A nice barley wine, too bad this brewer is not around anymore.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intenst prune, wine and orange aroma. Dark brown colour, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, full, hopbitter, prune, wood, too much alcohol presence though. Finish lasts long and is hoppy, alcohol bitter, coffee in the very end and a little dry.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a large creamy head that left a most excellent lacing. It had a semi-transparent dark ruby red brwon body. I thought it very mild for a barley wine even though it had an alcohol flavor.