muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown and oily-looking, very dark for a barley wine; just a thin wisp of head. Expected dark fruits, hints of caramel, and citrusy hops in the nose; rather subdued overall. Pretty sweet and syrupy in the mouthfeel, some nice sour cherry notes. Not terribly hoppy, but a prevailing sourness and old leathery character keep it from being cloying. While hardly the greatest barley wine, its certainly drinkable and might be a good lightweight intro to the style.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 After storing for 1.5 years, the alcoholic flavors have settled. Alcoholic aroma still present. There is a lot of malt flavor coming out with raisin, grape, toffee, yeast and a slight roasted grain. No lacing or head. Great beer to cellar.
Dark brown color. Sweet aroma. Flavor is heavy in alcohol. I’m cellaring one, hoping the alcohol will dissapate. Some caramel/chocolate flavors. Not very hoppy. 2.8
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours a dark muddy brown color, thin tan head, nice lace. Aroma is predominantly sweet malt, some nuttiness. Flavor is big malt up front with bits of hops and a hell of a lot of alcohol. Fuller body, kind of sticky, lots of fire going down the gullet. I've had plenty worse.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin fizzy biege head that doesn't last. Aroma is sweet, a little hoppy, and fishy. Caramel, juice from a maraschino cherry jar, alcohol, and syrup on the tongue. Slight hop finish, but metal and cardboard dominated the flavor.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and sludgy brown; somewhat of a brick-like red edging with a thin tan top of compact cappucchino-like frothyness, fades somewhat feverishly to a thin ring and very minimal spots of lace in a glaring clearish coat. Aroma is of subdued malts rendering some fairly heavy molasses tones mixed with some plum and raisin and bits of smokey-like toffee. Warmth subsides within as some brandy-like alcohol seeps into the nose. Taste has more of the same with a slightly weakened front end but fills up with a dark fruity malty presence across the palate where plum, molasses, and toffee leak into a substraining mix of lightly textured chocolate spices and sugared candy caramel towards the finish. The chocolate tones are light and late with a nice little effective dryness thats favorable and welcomed. Flavors need to be bolder, heavier, richer, what have you, there's not much happening and it's length is tempered. It's feel is comparable with a good medium body and texture and has just enough edge in what could be justified as a hop profile of somekind and its warming of alcohol is sufficiently present within bigger gulps with a slight stinging twinge. A bit tame by my standards, but not bad.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Update: Bottle at Andy’s. Deduct two aroma points and add one appearance from 9-4-8-5-15. I think this is real nice, and it was very difficult to determine this was a 10.5% beer....
On the brown side of the spectrum, with an off-white head. Nice sherried malt aroma with a little hop bite to it. Big malty carmel flavor with a hop bite/alcohol finish. I thought it was decent and the alcohol character matched up and blended with the beer.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate aromas. No head or lacing. Dark mahogany color. Rich chocolate, malt flavors. Slight bite from alcohol. Okay for a barley wine, but nothing special.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Good beer from an otherwise dodgy brewery. Raisins, roasty flavours, and some hops. Alcohol hidden well enough. Actually had a bit of lacing.
DYCSoccer17 (3289) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2003 Bottle- Pours a cloudy mahogany with a 0.5 cm bubbly off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is very potent--Sweet--like gumballs, yeah definitely gumballs. Maybe some malt in there too, but mild. STart is acidici and astringent. Middle is tangy and Finishes with more bitterness and ethanol. Chocolate notes in the end. Ethanol is definitely noticeable. -1 app for having a stupid label. I hate the flying dog labels!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark brown amber color with red highlights, no head and no lace. The aroma is sweet smelling, malty, fruity, and not much alcohol. The flavor starts out malty sweet, shows some fruit, and finishes with a minor hop show. This is a full bodied Barley Wine - very nice. Overall, this is pretty good.