goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a golden amber color. Aroma was sweet and malty. Smelled like a sugar cookie. Flavor also sweet and malty with a bitter hop and alcohol finish. Very warming. A little syrupy with a medium to full body.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an almost-too-subtle barleywine. The cookie and hay in the aroma sit over a layer of brown sugar. It tastes like plain oatmeal, where you tired to add maple syrup and brown sugar, but didn’t add enough to sweeten completely - leaving it unevenly bland - with pockets of flavor. Finish is very warm, but no taste of where the alcohol originated.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, labled ’03 on cap. Cellar temp from a snifter, slight off white film for a head, bright red/amber color. Smells of big thick malt and some peach pie. Nice smooth body, bitterness not overdone, but does balance out the malt. Slight bit of alcohol warming. A very user friendly BW. Seems to drink on the light side, but that doesn’t bother me, it still has plenty of body and flavor to be robust. Pretty decent beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the pub: Hazy amber/orange with a small filmy head with some lace. Sweet malt aromas. Orange citrus in the hops. Bourbon and slightly peppery. Flavors contain brown sugar and caramel malts. Fruity hops and hints of alcohol. Great finish of sweet malts and brown sugar.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Remarkably strong alchohol is the first and foremost characteristic here. Surprisingly, it works pretty well with the thick caramel malt and dark grains. Hops offset this fairly well and there is a wisp of bitterness mixed with all that alchohol warmth. Well done, although I feel the flavor was just a tad one dimensional.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper hazy orange, creamy head & thick retentive qualities. Nose of sweet malts, caramel, toffee & fig. Taste is loaded with caramel, almost burn but nicely toasty. Butterscotch, tootsie roll, light alcohol. Finishes rich and lasting, fairly good barleywine.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange. Typical, expressive, well aged, barley wine aroma with an equal balance between the malt and hops providing hints of apples, fruits, caramel, harsh hops and honey. Sweet, fruity, candy like malts in the flavor with a sharp but balanced hoppiness that gave notes of pine, resin and orange. Damn, this stuff was tasty.
argo0 (12860) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2003) Lightly hazed copper body with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, butterscotch, caramel, some citrus, light alcohol. Taste is quite sweet, caramel, butter, the citrus finally getting its due in the finish, sharing with light alcohol. Syrupy full body with minimal carbonation. The highlight is the finish, which for a brief moment shines.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a murky caramel, medium frothy off-white head that quickly settles to a thin layer, with fairly sticky lacing.   Butterscotch, grains, sweet grass, light alcohol, and some of that aformentioned "buttered toast" on the nose.   Wow, very much like a overly buttered butterscotch & cinnamon roll!   Slightly medicinal on the back end of that tho, but luckily its not too overbearing.   Perhaps it needs some age to mellow out.   Body is decent, mouthfeel is slightly creamy.   Finish is a bit rough, slightly hoppy.   Yeah, finish is a bit overpowering.   Perhaps with time it’ll settle.
3fourths (8986) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Sampled @ brewery. Dark gold/orange. White head. Corny malt nose containing fuel, honey, rye and buttered toast. Smooth, silky flavor up front, then a numbing but equally smooth grainy malty milk flavor. Weird... not my kind of barley wine I guess, but still enjoyed. some cough-syrup cherry flavors with some cardamom spice.. hard to finish but still tasty. How can I put a number to something so odd?