lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great barleywine, not the best though, good flavor, complex, spicy, sweet, wonderful
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby with almost no head. Essence of raisins and other dried fruits, too many to count. Wonderful mouthfeel with a very quenching palate. Extremely well balnced. Only downfall is that as it warms the sweetness becomes cloying. I thing more hops would remedy that.
JorisPPattyn (8659) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2001) Chestnut; brown-yellow head, not very ample. Nose gives preserved fruit (confits), ginger, "Grand Marnier". Some hops seem to struggle to come trough. Taste: sweet-sourish-bitter. WOW! Some balance, some impression. A bit harsh, resiny finish, though. very chewy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol impression, very masked. In the aftertaste, the taste of confited orange or Gr. Marnier (much less sweet) reappears, to stay long. A better-than-average, very American Barley Wine.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like the name, boardhead. Poured a pale earthy red tone, rusty, big head though not in the mountainous fashion. Full flavor, slightly tart, red licorice is definetely present, and it has a big ass finish with a lingering slightly smokey thing going on. A sour, spicey aroma, with a hint of twizzler. A true treasure is this.
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 version, bottled (at the Rate Beer gathering at Flying Saucer, Addison).
Amber couloured. Cork and flower aroma. Very thick with chewy maltiness. This is hop syrup so thick it doesn't make your mouth wet. Flavourful, and rather complex, yet not extremely bitter.
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Bottle, Reserve 01. Pretty smelling. Very nice barleywine, bright, syrupy, balanced, with a spicy end. "Big" is the right word for it, and for once I am really enthusiastic about a big beer. // Re-rate: I had this again, this time on tap with a '01 vintage, at the Full Sail Pilsner Room, Portland, and I wouldn't change my rating much if at all. Lovely, sippable barleywine.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2001. Pinkish-amber. Pretty smelling, floral. Quite strong, grapefruit and Chinook hops make their presence known. Agressive as hell, wonderfully challenging but a complete palate wrecker. I can't believe we're drinking this second in a tasting of 15 beers!
Andrew196 (1134) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2001) Orange-red in color, slightly cloudy. Avg head on top. This b-wine is a great representation of the style IMO. Lots of alcohol and a great hoppiness to it.....very well balanced and easy to drink.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully, very smooth, very rich, very balanced. Much like foghorn, enough quantity made to have some consistancy. Yummy
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite thick and rich head. Alcohol evident. Good ester perception and spices as well, some nut characteristic--very drinkable.