shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
red copper colorwith malty, fruity, berry aroma. malty tangy taste. Alcoholic, med carbonation palate. great beer.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The place to start if you haven’t tried many barleywines before; try to locate an aged bottle (particularly the 1999 vintage). Three types of malt and four hop varietals make this an incredibly complex brew. Best when slightly warmer than refrigerator temperature. Smooth but with a firm malt flavor, almost no head (as is expected), some raisin and brown sugar essences.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whizzang, fizzang, fizzizle, drizzle -- fizz gone. Quite reddish. Looks dryish. Not so thick. Smells like fruitcake ala brandy. Mingled citron. Maraschino cherry nose. It looks a little oily up close. Hit me.
Wow, and Yeah. Froot cake. Dried pears. Pecan sandies. Hermits with big fat and plump thompson raisins. Lay it on me. Layer it on me. Alcohol is masked, veiled, which means it is thinly disguised. It’s pretending to hide. There’s sharpness all about. Delish.
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
what puzzl said about sharing and verticals and whatnot.
05: smells like brown sugar, vanilla, a tiny bit of washed-rind (aka stinky) cheese, maybe some olives. tasted strongly of hops, and a bit like buckwheat honey. makes me think "greener" in comparison to the ’03. 6/4/5/4
03: pretty different; the word i thought of was "darker", when comparing it to the 05. now the smell is overwhelmingly like washed-rind cheese (like the chimay cheese where the rind is washed with beer i had a week ago), with some soy sauce. 03 tastes almost sickeningly sweet, with buckwheat honey, dark fruits, soy sauce, washed-rind cheese, and a little like lucky charms-type marshmellows.
i wish i could have tried an 04, since i think a balance between the two would have been best. otherwise, i’m not too sure i’m a fan.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Incredbile color in this 2004 bottle. It is almost brandy like in appearnce. Very smooth with almost no head. Looks like wine. Clean well balanced taste. Not as sweet as many barleywines. I taste cherry, and cognac hues. I prefer a little more bite...this is so smooth. Probably much better with a cigar and a little choclate after a meal. Definitly taste this one with food. Not a good one to taste first.
ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz of the 2008, i feel bad giving this a lower rating but it just didn’t shock me. Bitter finish but over light flavor. Nothing bad about it just nothing exciting.
cantchangeit (39) - Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was really good I enjoyed drinking it and would buy it again because it was so pleasant.
RickS95 (36) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice tan head. Dark caramel/coffee in color; dark but appeared cloudy or unfiltered, just like I like it.
Smell of hops and spices. Kind of neutral mouthfeel which surprised me given the 91 IBUs.
Good lacing. Finish is definitely bitter, but not as much as you’d expect from such high IBU level. The bitterness was chased away in the finish by the warming 9% alcohol, which stayed with you well beyond the aftertaste.
This beer was a handful. With a 22-ounce bottle, I didn’t really need to drink anything after this.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bomber from Clark the man, thanks!!! Beautiful clear (hey, why others have had cloudy pour and I had 100% clear!?) coppery amber pour with a modest & quickly diminishnig head. Aroma has hints of PNW hops but (again) not as much I was hoping for. Other components of the aroma are some bubblegum, peppery spices, number of fruits, alcohol and… some kind of thinner. Carbonation is harsh and the body surprisingly thin. Flavor has many things going on with burning alcohol in the front but to be honest I’m not too impressed. Actually there’s something unpleasant in the flavor all the way that bothers me. I don’t know if this is oxidized or something. Should try and find another bottle. I can’t imagine what aging would’ve done to this particular bottle. Harm I guess.
Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the 2011 and probably would taste a lot different if aged. When tasting it the strong hop smell and flavor made me think it was an IPA.
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