igneous1 (1508) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
medium golden color, no head to speak of, aroma has a sharp alcohol burn, but is loaded with buttery toffee malts, and i mean LOADED! Flavor has even more toffee maltiness, but i have to say the alcohol burn of this is quite intense and not at all masked. I’ll rate this on what it tastes like now, but if I were rating this on potential, i’d probably give it 4-4.2 range.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a hazy golden color with very little thin head that is gone before you know it. Aroma is somewhat malty and vineous, quite pleasant. Malty flavor initially, with some ethanol warmth. Surprisingly smooth, definately some sweetness. I can taste some macerated pit fruit (apricots come to mind), this must be the influence of the dates and figs. This is a very enjoyable barleywine, quite easy to drink taking the 15.5% ABV into consideration.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice mild rasin and earthy aroma over a cloudy deep orange. Everything about this resonates smoothness. Wonderfully smooth earthy, bready malty flavor with some figgy thrown in. The only indication of the high alcohol content is the spreading warmth across my face. Great stuff!
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy orange color with an off-white head. Has an aroma of caramel and alcohol. Flavor is of alcohol and fruit.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, small off-white lasting head. Nose is full of lush fig and raisin, some earth and light wood. Sweet bread, dried fruit, malt, and a shot of honey are the major flavor players. You have to work really hard to find the hops. Maybe look in the upper deck, last row, left field bleachers? Anyway, full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet (walking the cloying line gracefully), very smooth finish. A great after dinner sippin barleywine...
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours honey colored with a thin head. Sweet wood and a touch of smoke and some dates with a thick mouthfeel. Very sweet bordering on cloying. Alcohol dosnt make an appearance till halfway down but given the ABV is still quite a feat. Finnishes with a fair amount of bready malt.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 Pours with a thin creamy head, much more head then I would expect from a beer this big. Aroma is of raisins and dough. I could not smell the alcohol but I could feel it a bit on the inhale. Flavor is of a soft raisin, a nice sweet dough, and a bit of licorice. The alcohol is noticed as a warmth on the tongue slight burn on the back of the throat. For the ABV I think that the alcohol is well hidden, or more accurately well incorporated into the overall flavor. Very nice sipping barleywine.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy orange with little head. Aroma is fruity and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is prety thin. Alcohol burn with a somewhat cloying sweetness. Lingering alcohol in the finish. Fruity. Decent but lacking against the best barleywines.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours lightly cloudy orange color with a big off white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is highly alcoholic to the point I had trouble picking up other aromas. Flavor is better. Strong fruit flavors, some maltiness, but again a bit too much alcohol burn. Alcohol just is not hidden well enough for my taste. Will try again in a year or so.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
fruity, sweet aroma with little head. very thick and syrupy. tastes of figs and raisins and apples, with a nice warms alcohol sensation. i love this beer.