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.
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2002B... Pours a deep dark ruby color with a small off white head and some lacing. Sweet malty, alcoholic aroma. Taste of sweet fruits (cherry), chewy malt, some alcohol, and a rather thin mouthfeel for a barleywine.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 2002 bottle: Mohogany brown with a very short lived light beige head. Malty, diacetyl, and lightly cardboard/tomatoey oxidized. Lightly chocolate and piney hop with some rubbery aromas. Toasty malt and low Fruitiness with alcohol aromas as it warms. Malty and well balanced, but has a light hop bitterness from mid palate to finish. Caramel and chocolate with a slight roastiness. Very little fruitiness, even now after 2 years. Hop flavor becomes more apparent as it warms as does alcohol, and has a light dark grain sourness. Aftertaste is caramel and chocolate with a light hop. Fuller medium bodied with low carbonation and overall smooth mouthfeel. To me, IMHO, this beer is much better younger than aged. The hop character is more prevalent and has a much better malt flavors than it does now. The oxidative aromas and flavors are not sherrylike adding to complexity, but diacetyl, cardboardy, and tomatoey that takes away from it. However, I’ll rate from memory rather than this actual sample
2005 re rate: Heavily sherry & caramel character, very English & substantial in character. No off flavors of oxidation and a very nice version of a barleywine. Very smooth flavor & aroma. No rubbery aroma, no real off flavors, just toffee, caramel, dark fruit(raisins), and just a fantastic beer. Thankfully I found this one again!!!!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown. Nose is moderately sweet with cascade hops dominating. Flavour is all over the place, toffee, apples, alcohol, but where are the hops that were in the nose (probably hiding in the alcohol and apple. Could be a bit more balanced and needs more definite hop in the flavour. Good full mouthfeel.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours strong iced tea brown with a thin tan head after an aggressive pour. Aroma of sweet malts and light fruitiness. Taste is malty and mildly hoppy. Full mouthfeel and nicely done.
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.