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 (2631) - 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.
YogiBeera (2544) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again - great lable. Red, little head. Malty medium sweet nose, also dates, apples and cinnamon. Sweet malty taste in the beginning, then hoppy, medium long lasting aftertaste - edgy in the end. Syrupy in texture and taste like sugar beets syrup.
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy brown body without a head. Sweet syrupy aroma of malt and plum. Flavor is predominately dark fruit and syrupy, with a bit of licorice and alcohol bite. Overall the least appealing barleywine that I’ve tried.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a smoky malt/raisen taste. Poured almost totally flat with a very small head, Taste of dried fruit is very smooth indeed. The finish is a bit watery for my taste.
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit (plum). Taste is sweet, dark fruit (plum), caramel. Finish has a medium alcohol burn. Medium-full body.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is fruity and malty but not real bready like most barleywines. Taste is smooth for something that hasn't aged much. Taste is bready, caramel, plumbs and cherries. A little dry hop at the end. Alcohol is mild. This seems like a rather tame barleywine (which is surprising at 10.5%). I enjoyed it though. There's still enough flavor to make this a very good barleywine IMO. Got another one aging. Let's see.