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 donít 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 itís fruit notes. Hops are well balanced and keep each taste refreshing. Great barleywine for the price.
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 IBUís 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 couldnít 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 hasnít 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 didnít 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 wineís which is a good thing. Somewhat dry aftertaste. Not head. Smooth.
twoskylights (11) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The finish of this beer (barleywine) is absolutely gripping. Itís like a hop vine took root in my mouth. Delish. The color is a very noble, rusty amber. The head is fluffy and strong and clings like snow to the inside of the glass. I think the hops successfully hide the high ABV of 9 but make no mistake, the booze is there. Pretty darn satisfying, all around. And will the finish ever end? I hope not.
broowater (10) - Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bottle on 01/27/2012. Biscuity, malty, caramel, dough, butterscotch, golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly sour, thin feel, light body, long finish, simply AWESOME, canít taste the alcohol, very well balanced with the hops.
wesley (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of flowers, dried apricots,, caramel oh heck loads of smells. Smooth malty flavor caramel and dried fruits but overall a very mellow and drinkable barley wine. Alcohol what alcohol you really can taste any but you certainly can feel it