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 (2829) - 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 (1298) - 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 (7129) - 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.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Outrageously dark purple color, very smiliar to the label in fact. . . pleasant sweet raisin/alcohol aroma. The alcohol is covered well, but covered with quite a bit of malt and not quite enough hoppy bitterness. A decent glass, but a not so impressive barely wine.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Immediately I was alerted to the huge presence of carbonation in this brew. I barely poured out half the bottle before I had to stop and wait for the absolutely huge head to die off. Anyways, decent dark malt aroma, with a little mustiness thrown in. Taste was very malty with little hints of anise and licorice. I certainly was reminded of the liquer Sambuca. The licorice flavors seemed to work well at hiding the huge alcohol presence, and it was masked very well. I didn't think this was 10.5% until about 30 minutes after drinking. Finished with enough hops to give a nice contrast to all the malts. Carbonation was evident in the finish unfortunately. I think aging could do a lot for this beer.
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I knew something was going to be horribly wrong as soon as I saw this beer. Much too dark for a barleywine, almost black (although not tar-like) body... Malt seems overly heavy, finish is alcoholic/burnt. Aroma was nice but something is definitely wrong here.