21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 This is one of the first Barley Wines i have had. It has all the power known to the style, but was able to stay clear of tasting like fuel. There was no overpowering taste of alchol, all in all it was a damn fine brew with a bad ass name.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Talk about a gusher. Way over carbonated...comes through too much un body also. Kind of a strange flavor for a barleywine....almost like stale hops.
Ernest (5605) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of sawdust, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Muddled and confusing mess...doesnít seem to know what it wants to excel in, and ends up just being a bunch of disjointed parts.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Earthy, vegetal hop aroma. Fuzzy carbonation. Osbcure malt notes rest beneath poorly concealed alcohol and overt sweetness. Lingering resinous hop finish. Dull example.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Deep dark ruby red. Pretty nice head and lace. Nose of malt, cherry coke and port. Nice thick body, rather one dimensional with the malt, sweet (maybe too much) and smooth with decent hopping. Not bad. Needs work though. Update: After year in cellar, this is much nicer.
Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - APR 7, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2003 Completely muddled. Terrible structure problems, as alcohol, green apples and poorly extracted malts compete for attention. And where are the hops? Finishes like a durian smells.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 Dark auburn, fizzy white head. The nose is very fruity and sweet with malt. Alcohol being dominant. Te body is spritzy and very sweet. Finishes hoppy and strangely dry. Below average barley wine.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A mid echelon barley wine. Lots of malt sweetness slightly balance with mild hops.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first taste I didnít like it so much. It didnít seem like an American barley wine. Which it isnít, as far as the style goes, because its emphasis is on the malt and not the hops. But after a while its true style got through, it is malty and has a cherry medicine finish, like Old Horizontal, but much less pronounced. And it hides its alcohol well, two of these last night had me playing the music too loud and singing...
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 OZ bottle, Best before summer í02: Iíll assume that 2001 is the first year it was made, and Iíll say not bad. Huge rocky head that slowly settles to within a centimeter of the beer. Heavy malt nose with an deep rich taste that has plum/wood with a slightly sweet finish. Nice to have an American Barley Wine that doesnít club you with hops. It will be interesting to see how this one holds up in a year or two or five...