VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Re-rate: Bottle aged for one year. Cloudy light reddish brown body with minimal head. Beautiful sweet honey aroma also with malt, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Smooth and mellow. Fantastic initial burst of sweet malt, vanilla, light fruitiness, faint earthiness and alcohol that unfortunately fades to quickly. Aftertaste has mild alcohol bite and moderate bitterness. Both this beer and my palate have improved in the last year, so this rating is definitely being upgraded.
Bottled Jan 2003. A rich red-brown color with minimal head. Sweet, light, malty, alcoholic aroma. Initially a hoppy and slightly fruity flavor. Defintely a strong alcohol taste. The hop bitterness tends to linger on lightly.
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 2/19/98 - A hoppy barleywine with beautiful color. A nice beer to sip that's a bit different than most Barley Wine's.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barleywine is a very hoppy example of the style, exhibiting exremely spicy Mt Hood/Hallertauer flavor, much like what I found in Avery Czar. The malt is big as well, sweet, honeyed, showing a bit of fruitiniess, but framed with the hop spice. I'm tempted to say that the hop spice might be a bit much for me. Handsome cherry color.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottling date: 3/05/2002 drank on 2/04/2003. Pours a dark orange color with a nice head. Plum alcohol aroma mixed with British hops. Starts sweet ends very dry and malty. You may need a knife to cut through it. Thanks to whoever traded this to me many months ago!
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored, maintains a small head(what I'd expect for a barley). I like this beer. English hops and well malted, seem to have a nice balance. The aroma had more of an alcohol scent than the flavor. Nice sipp'n winter brew!
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color, sweet malty aromas, hints of honey in both the nose as well as the flavors, also some undertones of brown sugar, very sweet aftertaste, very well balanced & full bodied, slight hoppiness in the palate as well, very nice barleywine
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Aged 2 years in bourbon cask) No head at all. Ruby brown color -- deep, dark with ruby highlights. Very striking bourbon aroma (leaning toward sherry). Alcohol aroma. Very stong porty, bourbony, winey flavor (with some vinegar in it). Not a lot going on in the palate, though it leaves a faint butterscotch aftertaste. A bit of smokiness in the aftertaste, too, as it warms up a bit. As you can tell, there's a lot of alcohol aroma and flavor going on here -- deep, rich, meaty alcohol-ness.
argo0 (11955) - 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 (148) - 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!