Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a dark brown amber color with red highlights, no head and no lace. The aroma is sweet smelling, malty, fruity, and not much alcohol. The flavor starts out malty sweet, shows some fruit, and finishes with a minor hop show. This is a full bodied Barley Wine - very nice. Overall, this is pretty good.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep auburn. Nose rich, strong, and sweet, maple syrup and brandy. Taste is rich, syrupy and viscous. Quite sweet, strong toffee, caramel, and maple syrup. Bit powdery and sugary at end. Doesn't have much malty depth, just lots of sweetness up front. Not bad, but many better barleywines out there.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark, cloudy amber with almost no head or lace. Sweet malt/caramel aroma with a little alcohol in the nose. Flavor is very sweet. Caramel, roasted malt and fruit (prune) in the flavor. Finish is a little bitter. Nice hop flavor without crowding the nice sweetness. A little syrupy aftertaste. Good mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. A pretty good inexpensive BW.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark colour, brown frothy head. Malts in the nose and fairly sweet. Medium body with a good robust roasted malty taste.
kumite56 (472) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany color with little head. Nose is sweetish with malt and alcohol notes primarily present. Flavor is some what like cough syrup. noticdable alcohol, malts and carmel taste.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany pour with an off white head and spotty lacing. Sweet malts, some roast, licorice, chocolate, and maybe some fruits. Big time sweet malts in the flavor. Some more roasted malts, some chocolate, and more fruit, maybe grape or plum. Some hints of the licorice as well. A full body along with an oily palate, but not cloying. Decent little barley wine.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/brown, only slight CO2. Sweet nose, woody, toffee, coffee, prunes. Nice sweet, smooth, nutty flavor. Some chocolate notes, roasty, almost stout-like flavor.
omhper (20560) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very dark reddish brown. Toffee nose. Grapefruity hops takes over from there. Very sweet with big crystal malt character. More toffee in a finish with less bitterness than common in US barleywines. Ina barleywine tasting session it wouldn't stand out much, but omhper likes barley wines, and this is good beer.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown bottle. 2003 A date on it. Poured out a deep mahogany color, bordering on black. Red highlights apparent when held to the light. Fast fading mocha colored head. Aromas right away are of malts, malts, and more malts. Slight licorice in the nose as well. Some dark mascerated fruits in the aromas as well.
Burnt caramel, and hops finish out the aroma segment of this beer.
Thick body, coats the tongue quite well, thank you. Syrupy in consistency, but enough bittering hops to prevent it from being cloying. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Finally, a decent beer from Flying Dog. The rest of their beers require as much attention as this beer received. Maybe the brewers will read this & get on the ball over there.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a really good barleywine. It poured a reddish-brown color and was perfectly balanced in flavor. Highly recommended.