DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque dark body with a white bubbly head that immediately dissapears. Chocolate cake and red wine in the nose. To me, the flavor was muddled and confusing. There’s a big brandy-like sweetness up front along with some mouth-puckering bitter hops. Finishes with warm alcohol in the throat. Not a very good barleywine.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild aroma. Taste is pretty typical for a basic barleywine. Came off a little metallic though, and the finish just tastes like an IPA. I don’t think they’re getting the most out of their malts.
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 this is a re-rate, decided to try another.
I’ve had one barelywine, homebrewed and much better than this one. this stuff takes time to be good. decent taste., easy to drink, watch out it will buzz you quickly. not flying dog's best by far.
guzzler67 (1597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, dark amber appearance with a small head. Appealing aroma of licorice and memories of caramel cream candies. Malty flavors imparted a smooth mouthfeel complimented by a subtle hop presence. Fruity, sweet finish with a noticable alcohol kick. Compares well to many other barley wines. Best of the Flying Dog litter that I’ve tried so far.
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a very dark redish brown, with almost no head and little lacing. Aroma is sweat, carmel, plums, dates. Busy but nice and rich. Flavor is probly the same deScription. No surprises. The ABV hits you a bit but is masked well untill the finish where it comes through a bit more. Palate is thick and heavy. Rich and smooth. Ive had only a few BWs and this is pretty good.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Deep purplish brown, big tan head. Cloudy. Aroma of chocolate, grape, and caramel, licorice, some hops. Flavors much the same. Quite good and delicious.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgundy brown, rich tan head. This beer is opaque, and a touch hazy in its ethereal darkness. Nose of cooking caramel and hop reduction creating a nose sauce which sets my mouth to watering. Wow, this is highly drinkable. Balanced for a barley wine, it is big and bold yet subtly fruity and easy at the same time. Melon, apple and dark fruit notes about, all wrapped in a molasses, hops blanket of alcohol warmth. Great barley wine.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 Vintage 2003. Served at 55 degrees in brandy snifter. Pours deep brown in color with a slight orange tinge. Head almost non-existant. Pleasant aromas of dark fruit, plum, molasses and caramel dominate the nose over the 10.5% alcohol and hops. Somewhat like the smell of dark fruitcake soaked in dark rum. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for such high alcohol barleywine. Pleasing sweet flavor matches the aromas quite well, but the alcohol seems to prove a bit harsh early in the finish. Some hop bitterness makes a late appearance. A fairly decent Barleywine from just an so-so brewer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2000. In the bottle at my own Barleywine tasting 2004. Aromatic caramel upon first opening. Very light in color. Taste of honey sweetness. The body is not too substantial for the style. Weaker mouth. Quite light on the hop flavoring. Very drinkable. I like the instructions on the label.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - MAY 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very full fruity nose (raisins, figs). Dark brown with a hazy reddish tinge. Low head - almost non-existent. Slick sweet malt front with molasses tones and toffee, with a spicy finish. Woody character at times but with a clean palate. Alcohol stings the thought slightly. Nice mix of flavors and good transitions.