Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The quinessential American barleywine. This one has it all: deep malt flavor, lush body, powerful hop finish, and swirling complexity throughout. Let it age a year or two, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Re rate: Just sampled some of this elixer that was brewed in 1995, and it’s even better with 7 years on it! My pick for best barleywine at the Tononado Barleywine Festival.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
99 vintage. A killer barley wine. Very hoppy, not as hoppy as Hog Heaven, but more rounded and complete. Very well done.
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I drank the batch brewed 6/40/97 and bottled 10/12/98. Fifteen months in the fermenter paid off. The malt flavors were full of complexity; lots of fruits on the high end and woody nutty tastes lower down. The hops were just right, balancing and smooth, not a harsh biting bitterness. I think I detected a hint of maple syrup, although I don’t know if this was a fermentation by product or an adjunct used to boost the gravity. No off flavors or problems with the beer. Bottle conditioning clouded the appearance, but no doubt helped preserver the brew.
I liked this beer much better than the last barley wine I rated (old crustacean).
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of alcohol and dried tropical fruits.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
Strangely light and watery for its style/size. Not much going on in the nose, but it’s inoffensive. Overall just ok.
legion242 (2307) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A phenominal beer. These were brewed on 6-30-97 and then bottled 10 months later. Very round in flavor and warming and yummy yummy yummy.