jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Update 1997 vintage: Copper bronze in color. the pour yields no head. Very madiera like qualities and see notes below. My numbers ainít moviní.
Vintage 1994. Oh dear God this is stage 5 beer nirvana! Smooth, vinuous aroma (slightly oaky as well). Delightful caramel and port-like characteristics. This bottle was pulled out for the host of Split Thy Skull VII and he graciously shared it with a few of us. Truly deserving of my first perfect score. Outstanding!
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
i had a bottle of the 1997 vintage and one word describes it...swill. maybe piss too.look at prostmans description of it. he thought it was good bc he was already messed up when he drank it. take it from me, u want a god barley wine go 4 a bigfoot ale. its 10 times better
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 1989 Vintage, Bottle No. D 16685: This was very smooth, there was not much alcohol evident......flavors hinted at some dried fruits, like fig, raisins, with a little of what was like chocolate and mocha undertones...very warming and very delicious! This beer is amazingly smooth. Almost no head at all, very sweet, almost liqour like, and very well balanced. It's too bad that this is discontinued.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Iíve had a 96 and a 98 the past two Christmas eves. Incredibly strong and complex with port like qualities. Not my favorite among the super strong beers.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-rate (9/10/02): While I a not a huge fan of barleywines, this is pretty good. Absolutely zero carbonation to this one. Pours out to a reddish, almost pink color. Somewhat thick in appearance. A brandy-like taste, but what is impressive is that the alcohol doesnít overpower the taste. Complex and delicious. I have another bottle of this vintage (99) cellaring. Itíll fun to try it at a later date.
One of the most interesting beverages I have ever had. From what I have been told, it gets better with aging. If you can find a bottle of it, pick it up as it supposedly will no longer be made.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 drank in 2002: Brownish-red, big sweet plum aroma. Alcohol comes through on the taste, along with dark fruits. While this seems to be one of the more ífamousí barleywines, I donít think that it is anywhere near the best.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1989 bottle sampled in Sept. 2002. Iíve heard people talk about soy sauce in conjunction with some other big beers, but never definitively experienced it until now. This had a prominate soy sauce aroma and flavor laying over notes of port, plum, and raisin. Mouthfeel is very thick. I expected some graininess and thankfully got none. Entire flavor profile is bittersweet and heavy. Color appeared to be that of cola, but the lighting was poor. Absolutely no head or carbonation. Something to be enjoyed over the course of an hour or so. I really tried to get into this and make it live up to its reputation, but I could not do either. Thinking I should try a younger vintage the next time I have an opportunity.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had these years ago with my father, Strong almost brandy like. wonderfull
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1996 vintage. Oak. Vanilla.
Warmth, alcohol. Toffee, sweetness. Earth. Spice. Fruit. Wine-like, complex, impressive. Wow. Thank you, NeroFiddled, for this
once in a lifetime experience.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2008 1997 vintage, still very sweet, but not as bad as when young. Hop bitterness very dominant, but little spicyness, which I prefer.
Re-Rate of 1975 vintage at Ebenezer Kezars of Lovell, ME... My experience with barleywines has greatly increased since I first rated this back in 1998... had hints of smoke that I hadn’t detected previously, hints of mustiness, but still extremely sweet and rich.