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 Sail’s best.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reserve(99). One of the better barleywines i have had. Thick, cloudy body - sweet and hoppy. Very apparent alcohol.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 The aroma is outstnading in it's deep maltedness; reminiscent of a deep scottish ale malt base, but with...uhhh...91 IBUs added. Brewed 12/02/99, bottled 2001. Quite sweet followthrough, a pretty hefty alcoholic burn alllll the way down. I'm not the biggest of barleywine fans, and I have limited expereience, but I can tell this is real real good.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 06/27/02: Vintage 2001 - Well this big bad boy has been ageing away, for over a year. Deep clear brown in color, the head is frothy, light beige, the lace sticks to the glass in sheets. Nose is big malt, caramel, baked apples, somewhat sweet and earthy. Sweet at the front, the top is full, the finish is hop laden, the aftertaste is long and alcohol bitter, the high abv sends a nice warm feeling to the tummy. One of the top 5 ’Barley Wines’ of All Time, in my book at least, but not meant for ’WEENIES’.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 (2001) Meaty aroma, candy apples, caramel malt, and a sharpness that is unprecedented. Acidic twang on the palate, with assertive complex fruitiness and a peppery shade. A very different barleywine. Certainly, one of the best in the world. (1999) A full bodied barleywine with a cloudy appearance and huge hop smack!