Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sherry notes and mossy aroma, cloudy dark amber, full flavored, smooth yet really bitter, light pineyness and very hoppy, well masked alcohol
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and murky red hued body. The light tan head is fine particled and clings to the glass sides. The aroma is cherries, sweet caramel, and some alcohol. The flavor is massive, with sweet toffee-caramel up front then some fruity hops and finally a dose of alcohol. The body is creamy but seems a tad thinned by the alcohol. The aftertaste is medium bitter and very warming. Knock about 2% off of the ABV and this would be a world class American style Barleywine. As it is the alcohol is a bit harsh, but I still really enjoy the beer. My gums are numb and I have only had a few sips! A million thanks to radiomgb for this surprise!
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly fruity, malty and sweet aroma, with heavy notes of plum, blackberry, dark brown sugar, currant and red grape and tinges of medicinal, peppery alcohol, dried flowers and old wood. Deep, dark garnet color, with a very finely-beaded, slight head. Flavor profile is sweet and sugary up front, becoming fruity and lightly acidic midway and with a bitter, profoundly warming finish that fades away revealing licorice tones. Palate is smooth and winey, body is massively full. The pouring of the relatively large dosage of yeast in the bottle contributes a pleasant spiciness. Reveals a mellifluous intricacy over time. Cheers to Psychprof for the chance to experience this rare Barleywine.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely evident alcohol which made drinking this at room temperatures challenging. I realize that Michigan winters can be severe, but these guys need to learn balance or restraint or something. I think beer geek/hard liquor fans would enjoy this more than I did. Very warming, vineous and malty. Saliva-inducing for some reason.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazy plum. Dying light tan head. Round, candyish wafts of black cherry, dried plum, and grainy Crystal sweetness. Faint notes of acidity, wax, cedar and dry chocolate. Very alcoholic. Fuzzy carbonation. Soft body. Quick rush of Crystal malts and subtle metallic tendencies. Brief earthy hops are muffled by the residual sweetness and spicy alcohol. At first glance it’s tolerably malty, but quickly becomes overly sweet and one dimensional. Finishes cloyingly medicinal, leathery, and sharply alcoholic as the sweet malts struggle to find their way through the jumbled alcoholic mess. The aroma’s decent, but the lack of balancing hop character combined with copious levels of alcohol and unfermented sugars beckons it to be served ice cold. Otherwise, good luck conquering even half the bomber.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky amberish brown with a a small head. alcoholic aroma of roasted malt and hops. Nice hop bitterness balanced with roasted toffee like malt,with a nice warming alohol burn.full bodied and somewhat sticky, a nice cold weather brew.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber coloured beer with no head. The aroma is light roasted and hop. Bitter taste with the alcohol failry dominant. I like it. The taste extraction capabilities of alcohol must not be underestimated.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong alcohol aroma, great taste--looks like root beer; toffee whiskey taste, very smooth, very nice
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: That's a BW? Has a kinda toffee/cookie dough(butter/sugar) familar fruity scent. Berkshire Lost Sailor IPA. Though I thought it was subtle overall. Nice dark orangey brown color. Little carbonation or head. Sweet and bitter with a high ABV warmth. Lite body for a barleywine(suprised when I saw the 12%)Roasted coffee/sour/soapy sort of creamy finish. The nose is so different than the body. Interesting, but better examples out there IMHO.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very aromatic, hops and malt. More alcohol than its needed is mixed with rich malty body . Very full and big . Only at the end shows its better qualities, like nice roasted malt that is overpowered with alcohol.