Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
That was a big surprise. This Barley wine is a malts and hops bomb. it is so versatile, I could drink this anywhere, anytime. It makes me want more.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong alcohol aroma with and almost stinging nature to it. Although dominated by alcohol, the aroma includes a nice hoppiness and fruitiness. It is a very pale slightly opaque orange color, unique. The small lacey head fades. The flavor is very smooth and well balanced. Starts sweet, malty, and slightly fruity. Finishes moderately bitter, malty, but clean. Although the alcohol is very obvious in the aroma, it is very well hidden in the flavor. The warming nature hints at the high alcohol content, but does not ruin the flavor in any way. Not quite as hearty as I expected.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a brew I will certainly cellar. It was too sweet/cloying to me, tasted much like the 120 min at this point in its life.
I will say, it is scary how well the alcohol is hidden. Might qualify as tops of any beverage in that category.
I dont think a description is fair at this point, its supposed to mellow. I will re-rate this before the end of the year.
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium-sized, frothy head that quickly dissipates. The body is orange. Nose of plums and grapefruit - another young bottle. Flavours are much more malty than the nose lets on - slight caramel with a cascade hops. The mellow malt is creamy against the tongue while the hops give a pleasant bite. Good.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strangely metallic aroma of fruit, prunes - or maybe plums? - and heady hops.
More of that same fruit in the flavour, the sweetness masked by big hops.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was likened to candy corn or like a sweet caramel. Appearance was a light orange. The taste had a strong alcohol presence, almost brandyish in flavor and kind of like rock candy without so much sweetness mixed with strong alcohol. I don’t care for it as much myself but I can still appreciate it if that makes sense.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Peaches and plums were dominant in the aroma. Friots were too dominant in taste, a hoppy brew but not for my likings .. a let down for a barley wine
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious, but simple barley wine. Flavor is less complex than the majority of barley wines. A little too thin, and not as syrupy as expected. Very well done though. The sweet and malty flavor hides the alcohol well. You don’t realize how much of a punch this one packs until the bottle is finished. Delicious.
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
great nose (thick and unoffensive liquor, deep and sappy fruity forest, hmm... something, etc.) ! but the whole is off from what i expected. perhaps it needs to age. the palate doesn’t support its flavor. it feels as if the mouthful should carry more complexity and what i sense is a sweet fig newton that dies into a dry and bitter nothingness. it looks purdy, however, no justice can be served for now. in any case, it's still good ;o) the aroma is what is most striking - great aroma!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Small head with a tannish honey color. Strong taste of alcohol sweetness dominates. Sticky feeling, like their 120 IPA. Overall, a very drinkable brew, though I hoped my roommate would have shared it with me. The bottle tells you to, man.