biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy and reddish brown with a thin off white head. Fruity caramel aroma with some citrus. Very fruity in flavor with some plum, peach and fig. Malt and caramel also. Large in body with a bitter finish. Unfocused in flavor but good anyway. Would be a good ale to lay down.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured muddy brown with yeast that suspsends itself within the glass and a tan head. Aroma is heavily malty, almost has a chewy sensation in the aroma. Slight chocolate and bread make up the rest of the aroma. Flavor is really sweet malt, with fig, raison, and slight chocolate. Mouthful is oily and it leaves a film. Finish is slightly dry with an alcohol warming sensation. Fine tasting and underated. Got this for $2.49 for a 12 oz and it was a steal.
rajendra82 (975) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer was poured out of the 12 oz. bottle, with a psychedelic and a bit disturbing label. The pour was deep reddish brown, with a thin and short lived head. Lacing was very good, although the carbonation was quite limited. The aroma was typically English. Restrained, earthy, and spicy hops in the nose were tempered by fig, and vanilla scents. The taste was malt driven, and was primarily sweet and buttery. Dry fruit flavors of fig, raisins, and a bit of toffee, was mixed in with soy saltiness, and a chalky mineral dryness. The hop bitterness was not match for the sweet palette, but did provide a decent backdrop at the end of each sip. Alcohol was hot with a peppery aftertaste, but otherwise well hidden under the layers of complimentary flavors. Thick and soothing, this is a very good nightcap sipper.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep burgundy hue. Astonishingly alcoholic and malty nose providing a suggestion of chocolate, black licorice and pit fruit, but mainy just a huge spark of alcohol. Flavor is heavily rich, but still relatively light in body and texture. Sweet and malt accented with sugared fruit flavors and a mild chocolate hint. The unfortunate combination of low hop flavor and bitterness matching an overly sweet barley wine with poorly hidden alcohol. Iím not sure what this is trying to be.
Dorwart (2422) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head from a vigorous pour. Light carbonation. Very dark for a barleywine. A very dark mahagony brown. Sweet roasty aroma with loads of malts and a bit of molasses and licorice. Malty and sweet with plenty of alcohol presence. Warms very nicely as it goes down. More molasses and a hint of coffee. Roasty finish with more alcohol. Not very complex for a barleywine and could use a good helping of hops tp offset the malts and alcohol. Not the worst but not the best either.
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is dead on for the style, orange in color with a very well retained light tan colored head. Nose is malty with some alcohol, not much in the hop department. Flavor is sweet, cough syrup, and overly alcoholic. This one definetely needs work. More malt and a lot more hops, something to improve the rather thin palate also.
Pailhead (5438) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Aroma is caramel and citrus hops. Pours a mostly transparent dark brown with a small off-white head. Lots of caramel up front. Finishes with lots of raisin, hops, and light chocolate. Donít really like all the raisin in the finish. Itís not horrible, but not great either.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Vintage 2003B. Originally rated March 14, 2005. Deep ruby brown pour, with no head and weak lacing. Practically still. Sweet plain malt aroma. Very sugary with a musty background. Finishes grassy. A little bit of raspberry chocolate. Alcohol is a little too strong on the tongue. Not very much hops profile. Re-rating another slightly older bottle. Iím more impressed this time around, itís a very honorable English-style.
Cellar rating. 12oz Bottle. 2003B. Purchased in February 2005. Tasted on July 28, 2008. Light spritz and then a pour into the glass of red ochre, with a fringe in gold and a rim in off-white. Aroma is oxidized, but maintains some very pleasurable caramel, ripe plum and pear, and a bit of cheap brandy. Not bad. Flavor holds spiciness, heat, and a rich caramel body. More complex cocoa powder dust, almond paste, and sponge pudding hold up the majority of the body. A bit of dust, oxidation and celery seeds feel out the depth of the flavor. Still hot and burgeoned with a bit too many esters. Yet, the prickly carbonation keeps it alive and lets the well-melded malt character show. Palate is fairly balanced, but edges sweet and warm. Interesting to try at five years, but nothing Iíd get overly excited about hanging onto.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
03.08.05 Handsome, regal purple color with a hazy brown mud. Stark, wine-like aromas, grapey and some molasses. Burning alcohol detracts and pains the sinuses. Beautiful soft body is velvety and full. Despite the fabulous palate, the beer is hot and young in its malt/hop balance. This one could be worth socking away for a year or more.
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Since this is my first "barleywine", my scores will probably seem more forgiving than others here. Heavy malt aromas with apple, honey and a hint of alcohol. If you ever found a reeeally old carton of orange juice in the back of your fridge, the color is similar. Bottle poured with a small head that quickly reduced to a tan film. Syrupy, malty, fruity flavor with hints of fresh tobacco. Pleasantly sticky finish that allows the alcohol to warm your throat. Mellow.