Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby red color, under a thin but very lacey head. Aroma is sweet and enticing. Full complex flavor, initial sweetness blast, but intense and very fresh tasting hops take over. Very aggressively hopped. Booze is noticeable in the end, but very mild. Body is rich, an ideal balance of sweet stickiness and velvety smoothness. The perfect BW for hopheads. A shame this only comes around once a year.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap from growler at Bowie, Md. location. 2004 release party. Poured out a brilliantly clear, dark amber color, with a huge, sticky, tan colored head. Served warm, BTW. Yuck! Iíll rate it on itís merits, though. Aromas are of alcohol, candi sugar, strong caramels, English toffee, malts, and macerated fruit.
Tastes are of rum soaked raisins, pipe tobacco, old dusty barn, dark fruits soaked in rum, earthy hops, and alcohol. It doesnít even attempt to hide itís alcohol, which is 12.2% ABV this year.
At least thatís what the email I got from the brewer says. Young, brash, and unrepentant. Rich, thick mouthfeel, almost chewy. Warming upon impact to the stomach. Finishes somewhat rough around the edges, but still a top notch effort on the style.
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L - 2003 vintage: Cloudy garnet. Thick, tiny-bubbled caramel foam halo. Scents of well-aged bready malt and earthy hops with touches of plums, pine, unsweetened chocolate, and orange peels. Fairly prickly on the tongue. Thick body. Less acidic than the aroma would indicate, with a meaty malt foundation giving way to staunchly bitter pine needles and seared sugar briskness. Profound hop bitterness exaggerates the sprucey alcohol. Burnt caramel, leather, and alcohol-soaked bread late. Unrefined maltiness. Simplistic finish, with long hoppy assertions and subtle notes of sherry, overripe plum skins, and earthy malts. This was extremely raw and brash when fresh, and, interestingly, itís failed to come together after only a year in the bottle. The aroma is already showing some serious oxidation and acidity, and the malt flavors are quickly becoming dull and muddled. Nothing at all exciting about this, even when young. Thanks for the try, scraff.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Barley Wine pours with a red-brown/mohagony body topped by a thin to medium thick, off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with slight bitter, peppery notes, a little candy sugar and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet, malty and full of candy notes to start, then bitter, pepper notes show up in the finish. Slight alcohol notes and a little caramel show through. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(32 oz bottle: ScottVaculaís Barleywine Party í04) Very malty, some dark roasted maltiness, not as sweet as many barleywines, but also fairly bitter, especially in the finish; Very malty nose; The palate is heavy and dense, but again, less cloying than many barleywines; Ruddy brown in color and fully clear; Tan head is smallish on the pour, but has solid retention, maintaining a thin layer
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/24/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of ScottVacula 7/24/04. Dark auburn color, hazy. Thin whisp of a head with lumpy lacing. Clumps of sediment throughout the glass. Full, sweet caramel aroma, big and fruity. Flavor is darkly bitter, somewhat roasty, with autumn sweetness and sap. A bit harsh but very good. Full body with a smooth finish to a big crescendo of hoppy, dark twigs. Iíd love to try this after a year or two of aging.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark garnet brown with a dusting of tan bubbles. Nice rich malty aroma, spicy-sweet with noticble alcohol and big hop notes. Sweet malty flavor, bit of oak, alcohol bite and strong piney and floral hoppiness. Full body with little carbonation, quite smooth
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
glimmering smokey quartz colored with an orangish tan head taking up just a thin layer of mostly big bubbles...Thick, caramelly sweet and hoppy aroma with slight pine essence and a touch of tinny but peppery alcohol...progressive flavor profile starting velvety sweet and christmassy with touches of spice and pine then moving to a candy-like taste...balanced but evident bitterness..some nice cough syrup notes noticed too. me like!
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent barleywine, deep amber in color, nice fluffy off-white head, lots of fruits & sweetness in the nose, honey & toffee in the flavors with some hints of other spices, nicely balanced with a good hop character, dry & bitter finish
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber bronze body with a short lived head. Sweet fruity aroma with hints of honey, toffee and some mild spice. Sweet ripe fruit flavors are complex, ends with a nice bitter finish. Real good brew.