3fourths (8498) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown. Close to no head. Aroma of wood, almonds, and bad soy sauce. Tastes just as bad. Initially harsh and full of alcohol, it then mellows out, with a texture and taste of overripe dark fruit. Not enjoyable.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured out of a 12 oz bottle(vintage 2001D).I must say I was quite pleased.Smells of roasted malts,sweet fig/plum/oaty/alcohol.Looks a deep ruby red,nice quick brown-tinted head w/some nice lace.Taste is great.Sweet fig/chocolate/some hop bite in there too on the palate leading to some dryness.Overall I must say this is a fine barley wine when aged.Glad I held out till this one ended up in the .69$ bin!A great treat after one of the best Phish shows ever!(7-29-03)I had to pass one of these along to a van full of heads to try!
MaBeer1972 (1418) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2003
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 This is my first barley wine ever. No head whatsoever out of the bottle. Deep, dark almost purple-brown color. Wine, eh? Very strong alcoholic smell and taste. -Don't be afraid, take a swig! Phew! Probably much more appropriate on a cold winter's night. Let me think about this one more. -Nope! Say hello to Mr. Drain Pipe!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I drink, therefore I am, a Horn Dog. -Unlike many of the raters I actually enjoyed this beer. It is sweet, acidic, murky, smoky, chocolaty, alcoholic, woody, ha, a Horn Dog with a woody presence, funny, ha! Ok, sorry, that was totally perverted and uncalled for. - But really, this beer is very heavily malted with a fruity, fig, apricot flavor and nose. Overall a very nice strong Barley Wine, I recommend it.
Radek Kliber (6602) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big big creamy head . Ruby red . Nicely hoppy, malty and yeasty. Bitter and alcoholic finish.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hops, malt aroma, dark brown, with a small tan head. Treacle flavour, fairly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is obvious, average.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown. Beige head. Light Aroma of sweet, roasted malt & hops. Thin, syrupy feel. Very sweet flavour of caramelized sugar, caramal, & molasses, w/ earthy hops. Not particularly well-structured.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Brown tragedy of 2003 survivor) Alcohol dominates this beer from aroma to finish....not masked very well. Murky maroon in color, medium sized beige head. Very bready in taste, with an alcoholic fruit finish....not very pleasant going down...run of the mill bwine.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wheaty aroma with alcohol overtones. Good
strong malty flavor with an alcohol burn that is
not that bad. Smooth, like a good strong liquer.
jgb9348 (5015) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark in colour, especially for a barley wine. The beer poured with a bit of head as well, which is odd for a usual still style. Very sweet smell with tons of sugar and sweet fruit (figs speak out loudly) and also some malty hints. A thick mouthful that is definately malt loaded. Some chocolate tones are picked up on the taste, which I find a bit strange for this style. The aftertaste was a bit 'ordinary' with not too much complexity. A decent beer, but not too good for the style. Worth trying, but if you havent had any of the more accessible barley wines, definately try those (anchor, sierra nevada, dogfishhead, etc).