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 (983) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2001 vintage: Pours dark brown to almost black. Decent carbonation. Light chocolate and coffee aroma mixed with hoppiness. Slight alcohol spritz on the tongue. Bitter taste with coffee dominant. I can't taste the 10.5%. It is well hidden. Finishes dry with a sweet-sour kick. Decent beer.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into my favorite drinking glass I was struck with a sweet smell. I can't put a word to it though. Looks thick in the glass, but that could be the darkness of the drink. First sip has a coffee, chocalate muskiness to it. Definatley good in taste, I would like to thank Ervich for the trade for this one.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is most certainly not a barleywine in flavor, just the alcohol content. It is very nutty and somewhat fruity, with a touch of cocoa in the mix. It's not as smooth as some of the better, well-aged barleywines, but it is very drinkable nonetheless.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark ruby hue. Big light tan head. Nose of freshly sliced apples. Im not terribly impressed here. Seems pretty dull, yet alcohol is hidden pretty well. Peppery, light fruit, yellow cherries, apples, lack of hops, light chocolate notes, anise. I wouldnt say this is great, but its F.D.'s best by far...
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2003 Pour is a large frothy brown. Color is a deep dark brown. Aroma is understated, a bit of chocolate. Flavor of raisins contrasts quite nicely with roasted malt. Finish is slightly bitter.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol".
i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.
jsquire (4074) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark with only mahogany hints of color around the edges. Sweet alcoholic caramel nose and almost no head. Some malty sweetness to it and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. An okay beer I guess, but not a good barley wine.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A poor barley wine, alcoholic, phenolic and unpleasant. Hints of smoke and chocolate are buried under a sickly sourness and chemical vapors.