willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
07.24.04 Bottle. Extremely clouded, dark, and rich. This beer’s aromas are full of wonderful dark fruits - raisin, fig, plum - and some tropical dried fruits - mango, passionfruit. It’s amazing before a sip. First taste yields a fresh and bright tasting brew with perfect eff to carry the full palate all over the mouth. What? this bottle is pretty old (10/02)! As flavor lingers, fresh fruits appear like pear and grape that add a crispness to the finish. Very nice stuff.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great Barley Wine. Lots of fruit flavors apricot and fig, syrupy, and sweet. Finishes rich creamy, and clean.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
shockingly light golden orange color with a big bubbles halo of a head...sugar coated citrus, peach, and papaya aroma with a slight sourness in the background. Flavors were nice, sweet, mellow, and relaxing..very refined..for 15% alcohol, its extraordinarily smooth...heating feel to it..I’m down for it, homie!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a translucent red hued amber, small fizzly off-white head, with spotty laciing and very light carbonation. Aroma was fairly simply, some sweet malts and alcohol. Flavor was much the same, alcohol and sweet malts. Nothing really came out of this one, even as it warmed. Seemed like more of a Barleywine mixed with a Tripel and or an English Strong Ale. The 15.5% was rather manageable tho. Medium body and mouthfeel, definite warming feeling too. Tiz alright, glad I tried it, but probably wouldn’t have again. Thanks goes out to CaptainCougar for the trade!
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with almost no head. Body is a hazy amber. The aroma is faint, mostly malt that I can smell. No hint of the high ABV. The taste is very sweet…kinda fruity, figs and dates. Very thick and rich on the tongue, this coats the mouth on the way down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it hardly seems like 15%. Overall very good stuff, gonna cellar a bottle of this for a while. Another winner from DFH.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange colored, with a bit of sediment. Spicy aroma, with a sweet, vinious taste. Quite enjoyable.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too sweet for my taste, but still a good brew. Made that Bond game a little more enjoyable. Is that enough words to allow this review?
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle Packaged 01/04 Poured a hazy orange glowing body with a thin film of white head. Wonderful fruits in the aroma are dampened by pure alcohol. Has a Belgian spiciness to the aroma as well. Body is creamy and effervescent at the same time which surprised me a bit. Flavor is weighted by alcohol which detracts here also. Some good dried fruit flavors and a sugary malt concoction is what should stand out here but is buried by alcohol. Overall would have been better at 10% or so.
igneous1 (1529) - 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.