JCW (1274) - 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 (1964) - Limerick, 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 (11167) - 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 (2826) - 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 isn’t my favorite. Very malty.
hopscotch (8460) - 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 (2401) - 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 Fuller’s ’99 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.