Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 Big head that lasts forever, light amber color. Fruity but dry, hops are everywhere and complex no one type stands out. Very alcoholic reminds me of some of the better Belgian beers
legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale orange color; HUGE head that was lively; creamy nose. No attempt to hide the alcohol. Tons of white fruit- pineapple, apricot, pear. Small hint at spice. Huge lace to go along with the head.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 41. Poured a clear amber with an orange hue. Very thick white head with a beige tint - like sea foam. Not much aroma at first. Then a blend of hoppiness with light rye, faint spiciness, malts, caramel and a whiff of alcohol. Slight sourness at first, maybe from all the head and carbonation. Rich malt flavor with a bit of toffee, light rye, some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. As it warmed, some light fruitiness appeared, as well as some sherry notes. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, with a steady stream of bubbles from the center of the glass. Quite delicious.
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really good beer but not great. Belgianoid with a cloudy base and a nice head. Big fruity aroma with an initial bloom dominated by hops and fruit overtones. long lasting bitterness that crawls down your throat. Full of complex flavors. Definitely drinkable and puts most American beers to shame. Nice Job.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an interesting coppery orange color, with a bit of haziness. Smells sweet and fruity, with a strong hop presence and a bit of alcohol. Taste is immediately sweet and malty, with a bit of apricot, orange, and something like pineapple or pear. I'm not sure. A strong alcohol taste mingles with the hops in the finish. It's a very strange hoppiness, like it's indistinct. I can't really pick out certain varieties. A pretty good beer, but the alcohol got very overwhelming as the beer got warm and flatter.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma. Cloudy orange in color. Poured with a tremendous head. Taste orange fruity taste. Sweet. Good Barley
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Talk about carbonated! This beer poured a cloudy golden with tons and tons of head. the white head stood firm for quite some time and left great lacing as i drank it. the aroma was yeasty and alcoholic, not kidding around here with the alcohol. there is plenty in there and it was not meant to be hidden. the flavor is very alcoholic and yeasty with a malty background. very full bodied and very warming due to the high strength of this beer. this one left me unable to drink anything else before dinner because i had to leave room for the food.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Matly sweet aroma with an alcohol kick. Hazy orange/golden color with a huge white head. The flavor was not nearly as bitter as I had expected, but it was sweet. The malt really takes over here and provides an intense sweetness to compliment the ever-present alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel and a crisp, but wet finish. Completely different than the Hog Heaven barley wine I had yesterday. I guess the Barley Wine category is pretty wide open!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy golden color w/ an enormous head. Looks like an IPA. Sweet, yet hoppy on the tongue, w an absolutely smooth finish. I'm not sure why this is called a barleywine, it's more of a strong ale type of beer. Anyway, it's definitely a great beer.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Barley wine had a cloudy dark pumpkin color with a nice white head. It has made it to the end of my glass. ChimayBabe hit it right...a distinct pineapple aroma. Also hops and a touch caramelized malts. Lots of hops in the flavor and a definite alcohol taste. I poured in the yeast and I can taste them. I can't wait to have another....I am recovering from a cold so my palate is a bit under-the-weather.