clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Be prepared for this beer because it's a strong one. It has a huge, bold flavor that only somewhat masks the 11% alcohol. The aroma was very pleasant and inviting with some fruits lingering in it and the head was small with little lace. This beer is very expensive, but worth trying just for understanding the complexity of the flavors.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was bright and appley. The flavor was very mellow and flat but not flat in a bad way. Not overpowering... rather even.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was really torn by this one. On the one hand, I was loving the bold and nicely textured flavors, everything from raisins to vanilla to maple--so apparent in the aroma and so sharp in the mouth (a bit of hoppy bitterness too). On the other hand, I was really disappointed with the acid alcohol character--burning, sharp, so unrepentently alcoholic. It was as if they couldn't keep the devilish side of the barleywine down while they maximized the heavenly side. It was not thin to my taste at all--lovely feel, sticky, sweet, luscious...only flawed.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very interesting beer. This beer is thin. The flavor original and very enjoyable and smooth, with the hint of vanilla and maple syrup coming through. Immort Ale is a little expensive but defintiely worth having for a special occasion.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent tasting beer. Like drinking a meal in a bottle. Tons of flavor. Expensive however.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very tasty barley wine. The alcohol is hard to detect behind the smooth (very smooth), sweet malty flavor. This one has the complexity of a wine. Interestingly, this beer tastes very similar to the Breckenridge Christmas Ale, albeit smoother and more complex. The Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is hoppier and not as thin as this one. Highly recommended.
CapFlu (4317) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) My first review of a barleywine... the experience never ceases. This stuff looks beautiful. Pours a thin, almond coloured head and a great copper body. Sweet malt aroma with slight vanilla and apple scent. Flavours of sweet malt, vanilla and tobacco. The smoothest finishes to a beer I've ever had. So luxurious it has its own stalkers... sign me up as one. (Thanks to Hopscotch for this!)
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wooooohooooo!!!! Now, this is a barleywine. Very heavy, very sweet, very alcoholic. I feel that this is a very yourng beer and would benefit from 3-5 years in the cellar.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first DFH beer that I thought really lived up to its billing. This is a rich conversational brew - good friends who are old combatants about issues of politics, spirituality, and love quietly conversing over cigars, coffee, brandy, good wine - oh hell, none of that, and all of it in a real, rich and exceptional barleywine in an atmposphere of good craic. I love especially the plush maple tones, maybe becuase I was out pruning my wild apple trees today in anticipation of spring and the rising sap season dreaming its way toward consciousness. This is brilliant stuff.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep golden to almost cooper coloration. It has a slight metalic taste to it, but I just finished a Dogfish stout 23%, and that could have something to do with it as well. This beer has a nice dry finish, with a small white-head. I agree with goz, you do notice somewhat of a vanilla hint and light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden nicely and this stuff is a damn good ale!