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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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!
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.
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.
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
First and foremost I must confess that this was the first barley wine that I had ever tasted. I am a malt head by birth and dispise hoppy brew...I should have never picked this up due to the IBU’s being 91. I took one drink and poured the rest down the drain. That is not to say it was a bad brew...just one that I couldn’t stomach. I will never drink another barleywine as long as I am alive.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 ADDENDUM: Re-rate of 2004 bottling. It hasn’t improved much with age. Still thin and sour for the style, without the promised big malty body. Meh.
Also, the ABV is listed in the ratings summary as 10.6%, but the 2004 is listed as 9% on the label.
I was a bit disappointed in this one. Predominantly sour, with a too-pronounced hop presence for this style. Flavor improved as I drank more of it, which is a typical experience with barleywines and strong ales as their complexities often take some time to become apparent, but not enough to overcome its deficiencies. The maltiness was decent, but it didn’t carry as much body as advertised.
papercartel (14) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer. This was the 2011 version. Orange/red color. Slight honey taste. Not as sweet as most barley wine’s which is a good thing. Somewhat dry aftertaste. Not head. Smooth.