fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think at this very moment that the only way to rate is after 1 A.M. and having gone through four or more beers. And I will look a gift ghorse in the mouth once more. All so suspect in the state of Texas. Fruity, baby and lord knows I should have been able to pluck that date or fig, but I couldn't to save my life. I keep seeing the STYLE in barleywine style staring at me. At a freaking 15 percent I guess I should be singing but mostly I wenjoyed the conversation more than the beer, thankyouverymuch. Oh so sweet to me and fruity and cloying if I can say cloying again. I did want to like it and have it be my friend. Cool bottle with an artsy label that the likes of me feels comfortable with. Come over here and let me taste. Hmmm, I guess the fact that it is as big as it is you could almost say the alcohol is somewhat hidden. Sorry, pal(s) I want more with my more.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy orangey brown colour, off white head. sweet, fruity aroma of raisin and fig with some hoppy notes. a nice beer, but a very sweet and soft example for the style and abv, not as big or complex as I was expecting
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bronze body with a tan head. Sweetened grapfruit nose. Slight hops. The taset expanded on this and it was a VERY sweet, malty taste but with a grapefruity sourness. I really didn't notice the alcohol in the taste too much. It was there but not overpowering. Definite lace on the glass. It coated the mouth with the sweet and sour-ish taste but finished dry. Great beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'm saddened to be disappointed by this one. 60-70 deg F in snifter. Copper color, fading head. Modest (?!) aroma of cigarette smoke, gunpowder, iron oxide, maybe urine. Intense malt presence, a tightly focused sweetish flavor, with a tingle around the tongue and alcohol peppering in the finish, lingering burn. Interestingly composed but full of flavors I'm not real fond of (more gunpowder, chalk, and soil).
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blazing golden brown. You can tell by the colour that only pale malts were used, but I wouldn't have guessed Maris Otter. Light fruit note, with a little bit of toastiness. Sweet palate with alcohol burn coming through. Fading leafy hop on the left. Too simple to be a top-flight barley wine.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bright copper color, served in a big wine goblet at the brewpub. Nose is candyish and sweet with no alcohol hidden. The alcohol is prevalent above all else in the nose. Very sweet and quite malty. Unbalanced and not coming together well at all.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2006 Maybe Iím just getting tired of beers that are too strong, taste of figs, or beets and carrots and strawberries, and finish like cough syrup. I would have loved this beer a couple of months ago. It has too much alcohol, and tastes like a raison díetre on a fruit cake, which I guess it is. Not bad as a dessert beer. Somehow this one just works out be less than the sum of its ratings. Rerated on 5 May. The balance is better than I initial thought. The flavor is as good or better. And the beer is perfect with hot and sour soup, barbecued pork, or hunan food in general. Works much better than a lager, much better than a plum wine. // Trying it again after a couple of years and I like it even less than before. I still love the brewer. I really, really donít like the style. Itís too strong, too fruity, with too much obvious alcohol. If Iím going to drink extreme beer, Iíll stick with their WW Imperial Stout.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear amber copper body with light head. Body slightly thinner than anticipated for this 15% brew. Alcohol well balanced with the malt. Light hop bitterness within the fruity palate. Too easy a brew to drink for its strength.
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a GREAT ale on tap at the brewery, but it was a GOOD ale in the bottle. It seemed flat, maybe on purpose, I don't know. The flavor was there but I liked the carbonation at the brewpub. I'm aging a few bottles so we'll see.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a copper color with a small, white head that actually lingers a minute before dissipating. The color is amazingly light for such a strong barleywine. I was expecting a much darker pour. Interesting aroma of fruits, most notably apricots and peaches with a touch of yeast, almost like Belgian strong ale. Wow! This is unbelievably smooth in flavor, with little carbonation and flavors that change from orange to apricot and finally to peach. The finish is sweet and fruity. There are absolutely no alcohol notes to be found, which is quite a feat considering its 15% ABV. What a remarkable barleywine. Marvelous!