MartinT (7482) - 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 (2413) - 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 (1609) - 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 (5701) - 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 (11408) - 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 (1902) - 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!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a much appreciated gift from the Albion contingent. may their hunting be ever blessed and bountiful! This is one rough hewn, shaggy beer, reminds me of a fine old barn that was pegged together a century ago and , despite the swallow nests and a few missing boards, still stands engagingly strong before the wind and rain and snow. Nothing in this beer is soft or sophisticated - it has some dark fruit plum power that works well with the harder alcohol, a generous riot of spiciness (cinnamon?), and a hell of a lot of hops, of the darker, herbal variety (there are strong bitter tea notes lingering). I found both recent beers very hoppy, and it might be because I've been drinking mass market beer a lot lately, so I'll add that caveat to this rating. Anyway, brownalegirl and I watched the evening fireflies and snapping turtle battleships among the duckweed and reeds and got pleasantly buzzed on this brute.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
3 Guys is a very dark barleywine with a medium malty aroma. It's complex, never too sweet, and surprisingly smooth. It's a little creamy, very hoppy, and leaves a tingle on your tongue. Finishes with a perfect flat bitterness. A nice surprise! Next to the Blueberry Stout, it's my favorite Dark Horse offering. Find some if you can!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dark Horse, Marshall, MI. On a recent visit, hoppygrrrl and I were told that this was ready, after a hiatus of a couple years (?) making this brew. A nice long wait for a very good beer. Aroma is mild, fresh and sweet, but subdued (perhaps because of the smoke?). Super pleasant ruddy brown and red appearance with the requisite ring of creamy head lingering. Warmly alcoholic, flavor components are a very tongue coating bitterness, cedar, pepper, some maple and vanilla but less than more malty versions - if you like a hopppy barleywine as I do, this is the ticket!