Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey-syrupy with a slightly cloying aftertaste. Hints of cherry and wood and the hops finish a bit rough. Could probably use a year or two of ageing. Had at RB Philly gathering February 2004.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown/amber appearance, little to no head. Wood tones and alcohol in the aroma. Taste was sweet with hints of oak in it. Mostly malt tones gave way to a nice lightly bitter finish. A sweet alcohol taste was very apparent throught the beer. Good.
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004. Orange/amber body, small white head. Lots of big yeast chunks floating about. Very citrusy aroma, orange peel, and some woody tones. Slightly alcoholic. Taste very heavy on the maltiness, it's very sweet. Notes of oak with a mild hoppiness. I can kinda taste the fig in there as well. The alcohol is very apparent, but I like it. Probably could settle down for a year, but it's very enjoyable right now.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
medium tan body. no head or lacing. nose of orange zest, honey, tea and alcohol. sweet, sugary, fruity flavor (orange and apricot in particular). surprisingly low alcohol flavor and very smooth to the taste. malt also apparent. this brew does not take long to hit! excellent barley wine (probably the best iíve had to date). 2002 vintage
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 On tap at Redbones: Clear orange with a thin head. Cherry aroma, thick oily and very rich. Sweet as sweet can be. 2003 12 oz bottle: Hazy orange color and huge chunks of yeast with a quickly diminishing small head. Oranges and alcohol in the aroma, thick mouth feel, too strong tasting. This beer needs time, a lot of time to be ready.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a hell of nice beer. Give it a year, or perhaps more, and its absolutely delicious. This rating is for a fresh release. Smells of gooseberry, freshly crushed green grapes, ripened plums and pears, orange, varying with temperature. Ruby orange, copper hue. Sticky whitish head, swampy lacing. Very sweet, firm malts, pleasant chewy body, syrupy, figs, ripened plums, cherry, vanilla, wood accents, leather. Alcohol is there, but I feel its subtle considering the 15.5%. I feel this is a wonderful concoction with great finesse. As usual, Sam and his boys are out to impress.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange/brown color, small white head. Sweet fruity, melon aroma. Super sweet and malty, notes of figs and passion fruit. Not alot of hop presence. 15.5% not noticed at all. As always a unique take ont he style by DFH, very nice though. Would like to try an aged version.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany color, cream color head, some fish food flake floaties. Big sweet malt, brown sugar, fig aroma. Ultra sweet flavor, maple syrup, brown sugar, lots of malt. Full body, no detection of 15% abv, how is this possible? Sweetness may be a bit much for some but I loved it. Deliciously drinkable. Shared with frielock.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden amber with a fastly fading effervescent head. The aroma is just incredible and full of fruits and spices, with just a light alchohol presence. The taste is truly a nectar, much like that of apricots. Silky smooth mouthfeel, with a flavor that is very soothing. Lots of fruits, and a little bit nuttiness with some nice malt complexities with a finish that is nicely hoppy and sweet mixed with a small alchohol bite. Very warming and calming, this barleywine is very well balanced and sweet like honey. Very highly recommended.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 A light golden/amber. Thin but lasting head and lace. Crazy nose of spicy alcohol, hint of pink grapefruit, peach, pine, figs and more. Medium-full bodied, almost velvety, sweet chewy malts, spicy alcohol, figs, citrusy peaches/grapefruit, slightly medicinal and other flavors I cannot discern. Marris Otter huh? Doesn't taste like it nor does it taste like 15.5% alc. Impressive how they hide it. This is good barleywine, different, not a malt monster or a hop feast but unique, tasty, complex, warming and very drinkable. Reminds me of HOTD Fred.