OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber translucent almost opaque colour. Strong roasted caramel malt and vinous alcohol with a hints of liquorice and dried fruits aroma. Smooth slightly clinging palate. Seriously fortified vinous with coffee bean and chocolate flavours. Very warming. Would probably rate slightly higher from me if rated on a cold winters night as opposed to the tropical steamy Ottawan summers night of the WCC2003 party.
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Somewhat hoppy for a barleywine. Deep mahogany body. Burning sensation turns to a mellowing sweetness. Thanks RadioMGB for bringing this...
radiomgb (2422) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark amber in colour. The aroma is of hops, caramel, nuts, alcohol. Flavour of caramel, alcohol, toffee, quite sweet. Finishes with a great hoppy bitterness and a great alcohol warmth. This beer was a great experience, thanks PsychProf.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This roaming, free raspberry candy spirit, a fat specter with a sceptre of chocolate, looms through the thick hoppy fog...His ghoulish sweet whispers of decadence resound louder and louder, as grapefruity virtuosi of the affable kind lick the inner mind and the upper palate...I need to close my eyes to appreciate this...Chewy alcohol creates profound seismic vibrations in the palate...I love to be haunted by the thought of a great barley wine...Thanks radiomgb!...
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off the scale? More like off my rocker! This one totally obliterated me. Strong fruit, caramel/toffee sweetness, thick and full of peppery hops. I'd like to try it again, but I'm afraid, very afraid.....
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark. Plums, malted milk. Sweet barley wine but without being overly earthen and gritty. Smooth, sweet, and good to drink while playing darts!
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At MBG Summer fest: Cloudy brown hue with huge creamy head. Big aroma of raisin, sweetwood, roasted malt, barnyard, earthy...smells old and not a bad thing, for it is complex. Ripe fruit initially, bitterness comes on later. Some alcohol was detected but I din't think it was overpowering. A bit tough on the finish, peppery? Feel is very dry and full-bodied. Different but very nice, a beer to enjoy with good company.
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark., muddy brown. Big malt aroma – caramel & Tootsie Rolls. Strong alcohol presence. This is a mean mother – though it’s strange that while the caramel doesn’t balance out the alcohol at all, it does meld with it to create a unique effect on the palate. Slightly salty. Still, something to temper the heat would have been better – it hit my stomach like St. Ides.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hoppygrrrl and Psychprof,
Jaymobrown & I still have a bottle waiting for our annual Barleywine Massacre. Peaty, sweet, big malts and biting alcohol greet the nose and lips. sweet in the middle, dry and hoppy at the end, letting the alcohol linger just long enough to remind you how potent it is.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge and hard to drink until you've had enough of it to soften all the riot of flavor. It made for a grand evening, though! Thanks, Michael!