Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím inexperienced in barleywines, and yet, this is approachable. More smooth, mellow than I anticipated. Very rich aroma, flavors; smoky, chewy, slightly hoppy, medium-length finish, not thick.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 subtle smoke, vanilla, and wood on the nose. The alcohol was blended well, as this has aged a bit. Huge malt presence is felt with a grainy texture. Smoke and strong fruitiness bombards the mouth. A most unique and applaudable spin on Barleywine. Sheer excellence.
omhper (21414) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep red, vinuos, hoppy and enormously complex with notes of vanilla and maple syrup. One of my all time favourites!!
hairy (25) - liverpool, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very deep in color ,with a super chewy nose, very aromatic,with hints of carmel,slight vanilla,toffee,and raisens.beer seemed to be abit on the hot side,alot of esters,and higher alcohols,other wise it was very clean.it had a nice body ,and flavor,very warming,did not percive any smokieness,overall itís a nice beer,but itís just alittle to much
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 11, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay, this says itís a smoked ale. Tastes like a barley wine to me.(?) Pours with a small quickly diminishing head. I really like strong ales but this is my least favorite. At first it hits the tongue like a barley wine and the alcohol makes its presonce known,... And then the after-taste. Really awkward. Like smoked pine tar. Should have stuck with just making it a barleywine and it would have been much better.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complicated, fun beer. Lots going on in there, as the label suggests, from red wine to hazelnut accents. The smokiness comes through quite nicely, with a flavor reminiscent of the Schlenkerla brews. But itís a very thick, heavy beer: one is just fine.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful vanilla, oak, and smoke aroma. Taste was a little too overpoweringly alcoholic and smoky. Those were somewhat unappealing and dominated the pleasant oak and vanilla flavors. One of the most complex beers i have had, yet just not one of my favorites.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting. Pretty amber/brown color, with a moderate head that doesnít stick around. Scent is of alcohol and pine tar, but not necessarily in a bad way (whatever that means). Licorice, oak, maple syrup, and a whole bunch of other things. Very interesting brew. Iím pretty sure I liked it.
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2001
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
There are a number of references to the indescribability of the beer. Let me try - BAD. It is like they threw in every ingredient including the kitchen sink and hoped for the best - they got the worst.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep amber color, beige head and generous lace, a bazillion tiny bubbles a sign of a great beer. The nose woody, the oak evident, along with malt under tones, orangey? canít quite get some of this highly aromatic brew. The start sweet and the oaky malt sweetness hits you immediately, the top if full, the finish hop bitter and alcohol dry. A winter tummy warmer to be sure and quite unique as beers go. Not a beer that the average drinker will fancy is my opinion, but I like it a lot.