Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 43. This beer poured with 19 inches of head and -4 inches of liquid. But, oh, that aroma, so sweet and tangy, with oranges, honey and flowers. The flavor didn't quite match the aroma but was still nice, with characteristic rye tang, fruits and sweet breads, orange peel, lemon, flowers and perhaps a touch of spice. Very smooth palate for a 10% ABV beer. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn! This beer is so carbonated it took me 5 minutes just to fill the glass with actual beer instead of just head. The body has a golden orange hue and the enormous head leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with lots of citrus, apricot and bready (rye?) notes. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter and slightly malty, full of citrusy hops and a touch of apricot, rye bread and alcohol. Full bodied, smooth yet tingly from the carbonation and warming.
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a large, almond head with a slight whiskey and vanilla nose. Beautiful sediment. Smooth and mild barleywine. Very good.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the smoothest barleywines I've had. Mild hop and citrus flavors give good flavor without stinging. Moderate alcohol burn at the finish.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, malty, citrus aroma. Lots of sediment, decent head, cloudy copper color. Very sweet beer, citrus and caramel flavors. Very smooth, little aftertaste, medium carbonation. I did enjoy this beer.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity aroma of citrus, apricot, and hops. Pours an orange-red amber, head leaves good lacing. Flavor is a well-balanced blend of malt, citrusy hops, esters - almost like a Belgian strong ale, alcohol, and an assertive hop bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth. Overall, a superbly balanced barley wine.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ridiculously well balanced beer. Potent alcohold hops and beer but in just the right proportions. Maybe slightly overcarbonated. Big ole brown head sits on top of this fine beer.
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #51. Pours a five-fingered thick, creamy, white head that goes very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Pour this very slowly. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Nose is distinctly alcoholic. Starts and finishes alcoholic and some bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.40 for a 12oz bottle.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 36: Awsome aroma. Hops in an intense maple cinnamon, herbal, cedar its just awsome. Very hoppy, malt is woody and crazy and sweet. sooo good. hops are perfect, just like the aroma. intense but beautifully blanaced.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #22. No head. Pours light brown and murky. Nose is fruitty with grape? Very smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Decent flavor profile with hop presence.