jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark with only mahogany hints of color around the edges. Sweet alcoholic caramel nose and almost no head. Some malty sweetness to it and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. An okay beer I guess, but not a good barley wine.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A poor barley wine, alcoholic, phenolic and unpleasant. Hints of smoke and chocolate are buried under a sickly sourness and chemical vapors.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very deep, amber color, with no head present, but moderate carbonation. Chocolate, malty aroma. The flavor is quite decent, with notes of chocolate and cherries. These flavors, however, seem to clash with the hop character displayed in the beer, and this leaves on odd bitter, metallic finish. A decent, but imbalanced barley wine.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, opaque with a fine head. Aroma of cream and malt. Well-balanced flavour, very malty. Good beer but a little bit heavy to my taste.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep brown colour, no head, strong alcohol aroma, fruity and peppery with nice hoppy notes, smooth, sweet and quite bitter, warming with a dry bitter finish - very good
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The colour is cloudy brown with few foam. The aroma is fresh and quite fruity, floral. It has a long, pleasant, finishing bitterness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite bitter. Not as thick and barleywineish as I’d expected. Smoky and earthy, as well.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Pours a dark and cloudy amber color with a very big tan head. Strong, nutty aroma of caramel, malts, and alcohol. Highly carbonated, with strong malty flavors and hints of licorice, raisons, and caramel. This is the most highly carbonated barley wine I have had. Even so, it is very tasty and the alcohol is well hidden.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Lots and lots of foam. Lots. I mean it. Once you can actually taste it, there is a smoky and earthy flavor and a plum / cherry aftertaste. Pretty good Barley Wine, Except for the carbonation.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2003 Deep ruby color and almost no head. Carmel malt and alcohol flavor. Sweet acidic finish.