JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick amber liquid with a smaller lid of cream colored bubbles. Light fruity notes, similar to a triple, a hint of floral soap as well. Sweet honey flavors. Raisins and overripe plums. Light alcohol in the finish along with a touch of gut warming. Too sweet and not much character.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Murky orange body with no head or lacing.
Very rich and malty aroma. Sweet too. Lots of fruit like orange, peach, figs and maybe some strawberries. Complex aroma.
Orange and fig flavors dominate among the big sweetness of the brew. A crazy yeastiness. Honey with a citric bite at the end. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Extremely smooth from the cellaring time. Rich and thick on the tongue. Crisp yet still long in the finish.
jaymobrown (1606) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A mid-brown color. Smells of apricot and bread. Swet slight cloying flavors. Mild apple brown sugar. Smooth like a cough syrup type texture. Definite fig taste. Very sweet and thick. Good.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002, aged one year. Beautiful dark amber with strong fig cookie nose with hints of alcohol. Very sweet, malty, less alcoholic than expected, smooth and enjoyable. Finish is a great mixture of hops and fresh gooey dates. Fruity, figgy, chewy aftertaste. No hint at it's near 16%abv. I'll open another next year.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Joe (marinaro500) for the tasting: Medium amber/orange hue with a good creamy off-white head and fair lace. Aroma hinted of cookie dough, floral and grassy hops, pine, honey and yes, figs! Very sweet taste upfront with a bitter and slighty astringent undertone. A mild fruity charcater is also found during the tasting, an interesting combonation of citrus and ripe fruits. This medium-bodied brew as a slighty syrupy and soft mouthfeel with a moderate alcohol touch. Very unique and quite tasty beer, worth the effort to seek out.
egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 2002 bottle, poured cloudy orange brown color with a very small and quickly diminishing off white head with no lacing. Fruity, malty, hop aroma. Also a tart Belgian like aroma was noticed. Dates, figs, bitter hops, clove, and alcohol are all present in the taste.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine looking barleywine. It pours with a clear amber body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty, with notes of lemon and hops, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is quite amazing. It's lemony and malty with subtle notes of bitter hops and a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and oily smooth with a slight warming. It's a little different than what I'm used to for a barley wine, but I like it.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copperish color with a short-lived off white head. Powerful aromas of dates and bready malts. Very sweet fig/date flavors dominate the start and give way to a more complex and deep malt sweetness/doughiness/breadiness. Nice hop balance in the middle and
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This reminded me more of an Imperial IPA than a barley wine. Pretty orangey amber color, decent head, OK lacing. The smell was surprisingly light and refreshing in nature, rather pretty hops in fact. Taste was a jolt, as the malty sweetness came through, with a decent bitterness and a grapefruity finish. I didn't notice dates and figs, but it was a tasty beer! The 15% is unbelievably well hidden, just a warming feel in the tummy.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks like a great beer. Amber colored, pours with large white head. Taste of figs, and twigs. Finish is terrible, very metallic and slightly acidic. I've got another bottle, I hope it improves with age, but I doubt it.