argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Aged 2 years in a bourbon cask): Clear ruby body with no head. Great aroma -- bourbon and wood, port-like. Taste is flat, but soft liquory, bourbon silky, vanilla, some wood and dark fruit. I can"t imagine the regular version is so good, but damn I hope to try it this way again!
Rib Eye (147) - USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really good, strong barley wine. A bit heavy, but that is to be expected. Malt is dominant with a receeeding but distinct hoppiness. Not the biggest big beer out there, but a contender.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy and orange in color. Srong malty aroma. Very flavorful barley wine. Cheers!
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy deep orange color with an off-white head that does not linger. Nice and strong malty aromathat warns what is in store for you when you drink this beer. Thick and malty flavor, with a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the finish. A very nice barley wine.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From this quality brewery comes a beer that punches you in the gut with alcohol like a cannon. I think they should have opted to take the syrupy sweet route which hides the alcohol better (think Old Horizontal). Instead, Old Dominion went with the dry, carbonated variety of barleywine, which still works, but just isnít my favorite. Very malty.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Great aroma. Just a lot going on. Very malty, moderately floral and yeasty. Nutty with hints of sweet bread, dough, plum, apricot, ruby port and honey.
Nice looking beer. Cloudy amber with a small, creamy, khaki head... mostly lasting.
Flavor is very malty and very bitter. Perfectly balanced despite high abv. Full bodied. Syrupy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Long dry finish. Excellent beer!
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 3/5/2: Creamy, dense foam; adequate retention. Gigantic aroma of fig, honey, alcohol, dirt, plum, candy-like malt, licorice, and Spirits. Microscopic bubbles indicate a quality brew. Flavors are reminiscent of Fullerís í99 only less pronounced. Soft mouthfeel. Sharp finish with faint touch of English hop flavor. Flavors of honey, alcohol, and plum noticeable as well. A most noteworthy Barleywine! Thanks, High Gravity.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 3/05/02-bottled:Pours clear,mahogany with a short lived khaki head.Alcohol sticks out in the aroma.Aromas of caramel,toffee,sappy hops,honey,and alcohol.Palate is full.Very full.Flavors match aromas and then some.Shocking at first.Intensely warming.I got huge alcohol at first but a beer this strong,the alcohol won't be tasted long.I love Bw's like this.Sweet caramel,honey,green apple flavors are followed by a entrancing hoppy-alcoholic,finish.It will make you sink a little further into the chair.Huge estery hop burps.I drank this right out of the closet and it still got better as it warmed.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottled 3/5/02) Tan/yellow head. Very big nose, consisting of fruit(apricot), hops, and malt. Carbonation is very low, which is good. The palate is super hoppy and filled with complex flavors of fruit and spicy hops. The beer finishes much like a rich piece of carrot cake.
TheBeerGod (4906) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 Above average American barleywine. Reddish brown in color. Strong alcohol taste with slight spice but can be occasionally soapy. Thatís the only drawback me or my friends can find. They prefer Monster while I prefer this.