Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a dark ruby red color and formed a small light tan head that left little lace. A small amount of carbonation. An aroma of malt and caramel. The taste was of malt, caramel and a little citrusy hops. The finish was warm of slight alcohol and caramel. Not a bad barleywine.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
at 10.5%, this remains contraband here in ohio. i feel like quite the desperado hunched over my keyboard, shades drawn, sipping furtively out of a brown paper bag and my hogleg .44 mag at the ready. my bottle is 2001 (young yet, but precocious and a little sassy). it pours dark chestnut as a belgian draft horse, and approximately as strong. the lacy lady-like head swooned quickly from the alcohol vapors. a rum-like brown sugar aroma, buttery pecan pie maybe. the jolt of sweetness at first is unsettling, this would give a hummingbird a sugar-rush. still, the bravado of dark malt, raw as freshly split timbers, swimming in portwine and aviation fuel, followed by a hop wallop that lurked in the shadows--well, it all makes for a very interesting sip. itís a liqueur to savor with a nice punch corona. and like todayís stocks, itís bound to get better. really. (hic.)
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very impressive head...in fact i poured two swigs into my glass and the head OVERFLOWED my glass. Magnificent carbonation that helped with a great mouth feel. somewhat hoppy in the mouth at times..other times it was brazenly malty. Heavy damn beer, barley wines as a rul get overwhelming for me towards the end but iím growing to a certain affinity to this style. Toffee smells and taste are all voer this thing...would have like to have tasted some fruit though.
ClarkVV (3761) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 A lot lighter (body) and more dry than Iíd expect from a barleywine. Didnt taste very fresh, curious to try it on tap.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 OK, maybe I'm the wrong person to be rating this stuff, but jeez, it was 'way over the top for me. I don't dislike it, but it's entirely too strong-tasting for me (keep in mind, I LOVE India Pale Ales so I'm used to strong-tasting brews). I'm getting way too much burnt raisin taste. Maybe it's the style of beer that I'm having a problem with--I should try another brand of barley wine and see how it compares...
ADDENDUM--I've adjusted my ratings slightly higher because I had another bottle of this stuff over the weekend and actually enjoyed it a bit more. This time, more of the sweetness came through and it didn't taste as harsh as the first bottle I drank. It's still not my favorite brew, but it's not as horrible as I originally thought either...
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 This is one of the first Barley Wines i have had. It has all the power known to the style, but was able to stay clear of tasting like fuel. There was no overpowering taste of alchol, all in all it was a damn fine brew with a bad ass name.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Talk about a gusher. Way over carbonated...comes through too much un body also. Kind of a strange flavor for a barleywine....almost like stale hops.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of sawdust, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Muddled and confusing mess...doesnít seem to know what it wants to excel in, and ends up just being a bunch of disjointed parts.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Earthy, vegetal hop aroma. Fuzzy carbonation. Osbcure malt notes rest beneath poorly concealed alcohol and overt sweetness. Lingering resinous hop finish. Dull example.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 Deep dark ruby red. Pretty nice head and lace. Nose of malt, cherry coke and port. Nice thick body, rather one dimensional with the malt, sweet (maybe too much) and smooth with decent hopping. Not bad. Needs work though. Update: After year in cellar, this is much nicer.