Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Sugary, dark fruit nose. Heavy and satiating on the palate. Tingly and strong up front; softens as it goes. Very complex flavors with fig, raisin, and plum notes. Sweet, toffee malts, too. Earthy, yeast esters. Warming in the back of the pipe. Lingering flavors are bready and rewarding. Great barleywine. Ages wonderfully. 03: Rather fruity, with a Granny Smitth sourness. Soft brown sugar. Light raisin. 2004 bottle: Not sure if this is a bad batch or bad bottle treatment, but itís overly acidic, curiously tart and way too citrusy. Iíll lean toward the latter, so I wonít change my rating score, but I just wanted to make a note. 1999 (drank in 2007): WOW! What a brilliant sample. The malts have developed amazingly well, and there are some flavors in this that I donít think Iíve ever experienced. Liquid toffee, cooked brown sugar, maple-drenched tobacco and unbelievably rich caramel. Unreal.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper brew that smells of malt,caramel and vanilla. Excellent flavor that dances on the tongue.Hint of sweetness that makes this a pleasure to drink.Barleywines are definately moving uo to become a favorite.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reserve 01: Damn this is good. Sweet and malty with a hint of brandy. Complex, spicy and hoppy. Warms the mouth as well as the tummy.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage, 22 oz. bottle. Aroma is hugely fruity, estery, sweet and malty. Attractive garnet hue, with beautiful, almost delicate carbonation and lacing. Flavor profile is quite complex, with some light berry flavors, alcohol, brown sugar, apple butter and a generous amount of spicy hops to provide a great balance. Finish is very long and sees a bit more alcohol. Mouth-filling, warming, satisfying feel. Leaves your glass all sticky. This is great stuff. Thanks Gusler!
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2001-Brew date 12/2/1999. Deep auburn hue with a quickly disappearing french vanilla head. Aromas of vanilla, oak and alcohol. A myriad of subtle peppery spices with notes of butterscotch. Alocohol is quite well concealed but becomes evident on the noggin within a few minutes. Also a hop bitterness that becomes apparent in the long relaxing finish. A well constructed barleywine.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oddly heady/foamy. Lighter than expected in color. Surprisingly drinkable stuff. Very bitter, but balanced by the tasty malt flavor. Sensational aroma! Some will say this is overly bitter.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer. Lovely deep amber color. Lots of hops for a barleywine. Sweet taste, with what appears to be a hint of fruit. Worth every penny.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A huge beer. Big malt, big ABV, and a good hop charge. Destined to be a classic example of the style.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 2001; Huge malt aromas and short lived pineapple hop flavors imerge from a perfectly beaded head. Malts in this guy will knock you over combined with the alcohol. Fresh it is intenesly syrupy,and hoppy. Probably a good one to age. Huge BW.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 This is everything I like to taste in a barleywine. Taste was full, sweet, and smooth. Mild finish, leaves a great taste in your mouth. Certainly one of Full Sailís best.