WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is an alright Barley Wine, with pretty good color and head and a nice nose, but the flavor is totally lacking in any hop character, is kind of flat. Really unremarkable among BWs.
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Promising aroma, with caramel and brown sugar, a touch of berry, spicy hop and a strong twinge of pine and alcohol. Deep, dark, solid red-brown in color, with a massively foamy and lasting head. Flavor begins with some rather sugary sweet caramel and bready maltiness, but is then gracelessly overlayed with a very strong astringent, spicy bitterness and brash alcoholic fire. Generously hoppy finish, some faintly lingering fruit and nut. Vintage is unhelpfully left blank on the label, but I'm guessing it's pretty recent. This beer has fairly enjoyable flavors, but they occur at the wrong times and in the wrong places, somehow. I want to say that aging would help, but that's probably no guarantee.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blood cider appearance with a ring of carbonation. This is an easy going, moderate barley wine with evident malts and a possible touching of orange. The texture was mildly syrupy. Well balanced sweetness.
Diablokev (147) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is sweet and of bubble gum, and fruity hints. The appearance is a deep amber with a massive off white head. The flavor is malty and slightly fruity, a bit liek wine I guess. The beer goes down a bit thick, but is easy to drink. Overall the first of this type for me, so I have nothing to compare to, but I liked this one.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 1, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a dark red/brown color, with a large, creamy, persistant tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet, with caramel notes. A rather nice aroma in my opinion. However, the taste falls far short of the aroma. Flavor is malty and sweet, with a syrup-like mouthfeel. The finish is the bizzare part. Sometimes I get a bad burnt metallic finish, and other sips are smoother, with a strong, almost port-like finish. If not for the finish this brew would get good marks. It's possible that this bottle is slightly skunked, and maybe that'll explain the finish. I'll have to try again sometime.
Frank (2871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty aroma. Loads of alcohol. Surprisingly dark in color--nearly black with a hint of red when held to a light. No head but that's not a problem in a barley wine. Medium to heavy bodied and somewhat sticky. Very fine carbonation but perhaps a bit too much for the style. Some light notes of oak. Very strong off-note of not-quite-ripe fruit. The 10.5% ABV is not hidden in the least, lending some medicinal overtones. A poor attempt at a high gravity brew by a mediocre brewer.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was good. Better than a lot of B-wines I've had, but certainly not the best. Good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. New to the Washington scene, a welcome addition.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 vintage-very smooth but lots of flavor without the overpowering alcohol
Panzuriel (1309) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good barley wine style beer. Where most of these beers are a bit too strong and very alcohol-tasting, this beer is pleasant and a bit subdued. Pleasant texture, intoxicating aroma, good dark color.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 Vintage: Murky brown pour with thin short lived head. Aroma is very sweet, full of caramel and butterscotch. Initial flavor is somewhat weak, a tad watery and unbalanced faint plums and crystal malt, leading to a dull finish. Not overpowering in any manner and quite drinkable, but there could definitely be more complexity. The one thing this does have going for it is that it hides its alcohol very well.