0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled...consumed 8-10-04. Cloudy, dark, dark garnet color, opaque, smallish tan head and no lacing. Aroma is thickly malts, caramel and toffee, some alcohol. Body is thick, carbonation is light, semi dry. Flavor is dominated by malts, caramel, hints of licorice, toffee, some toasty character and a brief, hop bite that’s literally like a bite, like a fish eating half your worm and swimming off. Finish is fairly balanced, alcohol is very tastable and the flavor, although not overly complex is kind of chunky still and will improve, but not greatly, with some more aging. Not as big as some barley wines, despite the 10.5%, making it go down a little faster, but still slow. Enjoyable drink and looking forward to winter again to enjoy these "winter warmers."
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Pours a hazy light brown with a short lived head. Strong hoppy aromas give a hint of the flavors awaiting your first sip. Flavor is complex, quite bitter, hoppy and somewhat red wineish. Finish is warm and balanced with the alcohol coming through in the aftertaste. A nice barley wine.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a murky brown with ruby high lights, the head is generous in size and semi-creamy in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it slowly dematerializes the resultant lace a thick blanket to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of fusel alcohol, caramel and a nice crisp clean nose overall. Start is cloyingly sweet, thick with malt and the top medium to full in feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness; the aftertaste continues the sweetness with a hint of alcohol bitterness, maybe just a bit too sweet for me
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks to DarkElf for contributing this to our Barley Wine tasting 7/24/04. Pours brown with garnet highlights and minimal head that diminished quickly. Sweet malty nose with noticible hoppiness and alcohol. Flavor is unremarkable, roasty malts, strong hop character and the aforementioned alcohol bite. Full body and some carbonation. Below average for a BW.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) The nose is strong alcohol, sweet and malty, and unfortunately, smells better than it tastes; The flavor is sweet, sugary, fruity, malty, and moderately bitter, which sounds good, but just didn’t do much for me; Sweet and sticky palate is a bit harsh in the finish; Dark ruddy brown color; Tan head fades to a rim and slight sheen, leaving some lacing on the glass; Overall not a bad barleywine, but probably still a bit hot and harsh, and it would probably benefit from a few years of aging
billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is more along the lines of balanced, borderline uninteresting. There’s a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. There’s a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark cloudy reddish brown hue, minimal head formation. Sweet toffee caramel aroma, fruity. Not too heavy on the palate, sweet and malty, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel. Grapefruti citric hoppiness but not excesseively hopped. Overall I find it a little strange, the palate is pretty washy, the malts a little sweet and the hoppy citrus jumping in quickly but never having much force. Just seems to be lacking something, a neither nor barley wine, that by itself wouldn’t be too bad, but just lags a little behind many better examples.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. Still looks about right for a barley wine, but not too impressive. Big sugary malt aroma. Huge, sharp bite and punch on first taste. Hops. Alcohol. Sugar. Nasty hangover potential. What more could you ask? Ummm, a lot.
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.