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) - Boone, 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 (2514) - 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.
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #46. VERY carbonated and effervescent. The body is a copper hue with a HUGE pillowy tan head. Nose is very sweet. Malt, fruit, brown sugar, and maybe toffee. The taste is also sweet. There's some more sweetened malt, some candy sugar, ripe peaches or nectarines, some light citrus, apparent hops and maybe a hint of vanilla. Very smooth feeling on the tongue and in the mouth. Only a little bit of bitterness remaining during the finish. Much better than anticipated. Good beer!
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 Batch 51.
What a beautiful beer! Poured a brilliant deep copper with a thick head that laced the glass. Aroma of apple pie which changed to bananas and vanilla as it warmed. Malty and smooth flavor with a medium body. It hides it’s 10% alcohol very well. You can feel the alcohol but there is little taste of it. Caramel. Just enough hops for balance, but they are subtle. This is between an Old Ale and a Barleywine. Finishes creamy and smooth leaving you ready for more. Wow.
Batch 9 sampled on 12/17/04
Thanks to Suttree for bringing this one out of his cellar.
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I think this one has peaked and is slowly going on down the other side, but in any case, had some differences from batch 51. Some murkiness in the appearance of this orange/brown beer. Aroma of caramel, nuts and bread dough, but not nearly as complex as the one rated above. The flavor was good, but just lacked a some of the stand out, brilliant characteristics of the one formerly rated.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Batch 36) Pours a cloudy cooper color with a thick beige head. Had ample malt and alcohol aroma and flavor.