MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Burning alcohol sprinkled with pepper...Sweet cherries enveloped in chocolate...A Coke meets a Bordeaux...
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is my first barley wine, so you may wish to take this rating with a grain of salt. Or better yet, a beer. Anyway, pouring the beer yielded dark purple beverage and a whole lot of head. Overflowed the head for the first time in quite a while. Smells kind of like apple cider, but more sour. Tastes of coffee, then of sour grapes. You can taste the alcohol, but a bitter taste overpowers that and everything else. Iím having trouble even getting through even half a pint of this. Bitterness fades some as it warms, and the grape taste comes back. Coffee flavor again near the end. Hmm...mental note: drink barley wines warm. Not too unpleasant by the time I finished it, but canít say Iíll be begging for more.
stephen (308) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Waaay too carbonated. Flavor is malty with hints of pepper, nutmeg and berries. Subdued bitterness with good malt backbone. Did I mention this beer was way too carbonated.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the best Barley wine iíve had but definately good. Very rich malty character. not to sweet at all though. Alcohol stands out a little too much IMO.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What stood out most was the huge carbonation which i didnt care for much.Alcohol hidden quite well. Not to bad.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured in to a boisterous head that my glass could barely contain. Reminds of how A & W Root Beer looked when I was a Kid when we went to their drive up resturant. I started thinking this must be an ice cream float. But alas, it has a lot of malt flavor,sweet and rich taste. I agree with krisbierjaeger, a fine Cuban cigar goes well with this one,my choice here was a Montecristo #2.I have leaning more toward IPAs lately, but this is a nice change. I think I will buy a few more bottles and put them away for a while.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big maltiness along with big carbonation. Fruitiness subdued with a bit of roastiness. Finishes slightly sweet with a touch of astringency.
zanfiricoe (9) - Scottsville, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really enjoyed this Barley Wine from the start. Very Dark Amber color, with a tan and fairly long lasting head. A little sweet (which I tend to like) and a ton oí malt. Should be sipped, but it was easy to forget how strong it was. The alcohol is not hidden, but neither does it distract from the overall presence. Iíll definately be buying more, as well as looking for a homebrew clone!
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a dark ruby red color and formed a small light tan head that left little lace. A small amount of carbonation. An aroma of malt and caramel. The taste was of malt, caramel and a little citrusy hops. The finish was warm of slight alcohol and caramel. Not a bad barleywine.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
at 10.5%, this remains contraband here in ohio. i feel like quite the desperado hunched over my keyboard, shades drawn, sipping furtively out of a brown paper bag and my hogleg .44 mag at the ready. my bottle is 2001 (young yet, but precocious and a little sassy). it pours dark chestnut as a belgian draft horse, and approximately as strong. the lacy lady-like head swooned quickly from the alcohol vapors. a rum-like brown sugar aroma, buttery pecan pie maybe. the jolt of sweetness at first is unsettling, this would give a hummingbird a sugar-rush. still, the bravado of dark malt, raw as freshly split timbers, swimming in portwine and aviation fuel, followed by a hop wallop that lurked in the shadows--well, it all makes for a very interesting sip. itís a liqueur to savor with a nice punch corona. and like todayís stocks, itís bound to get better. really. (hic.)