austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled 1998: More head here than on most barleywines. Very sweet. This just might be one of the best barleywines I’ve ever had - must taste it head-to-head against Victory Old Horizontal. Harvey should follow the barleywine naming tradition and call this Old Elizabethan Ale. This one’s really rather mild, and that’s why I like it.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 More impressive than most barleywines I've had. Color like a darker brown or darker nut brown ale. Spices evident along with hints of fruit. Maybe raisins, plums, etc. Great winter warmer or digestif. Perfect for dessert. Nice strong ale. Recommended.
benzim (36) - USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet and sherry like. Nice sipping beer for a winter’s night. Needs a bigger bottle.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelent, big malty alcohol nose that got me excited. Big with a fruity malt charecter, very warming. Highly enjoyed. ’Reminds me of hard drugs.’ Zach
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
this one packs a wollop, way more body than meets the eye, mmmmm
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head, low carbonation, surprisingly weak aroma. Coffee, chocolate, dried fruit, hints in aroma carry through to sweet, syrupy flavors w. toffee as well. Kinda plain brown color, little or no hops detected. Finishes very sweet. Annoying .275ml bottle.
A good sipping, dessert beer, but there are many better. I’ll try again when the fall chill comes.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured with no head whatsoever. Sour winey aroma, with some scent of oxidized hops. Flavor is of strong plums and prunes, actually more prune than plum. Thick, sticky mouthfeel, and a very, very sweet finish. Not for me.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy mahogany ale with thin to no head. Cabonation very light. Slight oxidation present. Bitterness balanced by solid raisiny, faintly toffeeish malt. A decent ale, but too similar to the Harvest ale without the alcohol.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Cloudy brick-red/deep amber color. Carbonation is fine, head slight. A variety of wonderful fruity malts in the aroma. Somewhat light on the tongue and in mouthfeel for the style, but has a good deal of flavor, no doubt. Raisin, plum, and apple butter flavors are presented with a certain amount of sweetness, as well. Not heavy enough to be cloying, however. Hops factor into the finish, but the overall aftertaste resounds with the maltiness, along with a very slight hint of alcohol. Very smooth palate, especially for the style. Medium-bodied. Leaves the side of the glass being drank from slightly sticky... Truly British.
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fairly light and low alc for a barleywine, but still a pleasant malty strong ale. Beautiful deep red-amber color with thin long-lasting head. Rich, complex fruity aroma: pear, peach, squash, vanilla. Flavor is strong and warming with a solid hop bitterness, and fruity malts. Smooth tobacco finish. Smooth light carbonation, full, mouth-filling flavor. Complex and filling, a real winter warmer.