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 (28) - 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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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).
dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
spice bitter. Nice aromatic after taste. Pale sweet. Nice alcohol. Crisp chilled. Light syrup H20. Malt sticky sweet. Hoppy!
verstellung77 (19) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 2004 Vintage - Snifter
Aroma was warm and malty. Palate thick and malty. Nice Hop balance. One of the best malt:Hops ratios I have experienced.
corkitad (19) - Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth almost from beginning to end. As it warms up it becomes a little more rich in it’s fruit notes. Hops are well balanced and keep each taste refreshing. Great barleywine for the price.