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.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Update: Bottle at Andy’s. Deduct two aroma points and add one appearance from 9-4-8-5-15. I think this is real nice, and it was very difficult to determine this was a 10.5% beer....
On the brown side of the spectrum, with an off-white head. Nice sherried malt aroma with a little hop bite to it. Big malty carmel flavor with a hop bite/alcohol finish. I thought it was decent and the alcohol character matched up and blended with the beer.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate aromas. No head or lacing. Dark mahogany color. Rich chocolate, malt flavors. Slight bite from alcohol. Okay for a barley wine, but nothing special.
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Good beer from an otherwise dodgy brewery. Raisins, roasty flavours, and some hops. Alcohol hidden well enough. Actually had a bit of lacing.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage 2003 Bottle- Pours a cloudy mahogany with a 0.5 cm bubbly off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is very potent--Sweet--like gumballs, yeah definitely gumballs. Maybe some malt in there too, but mild. STart is acidici and astringent. Middle is tangy and Finishes with more bitterness and ethanol. Chocolate notes in the end. Ethanol is definitely noticeable. -1 app for having a stupid label. I hate the flying dog labels!
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.