Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught sample, Pittsburgh. Mild fruity notes, dull malt and some sour tanginess, rye. Hazy amber dull with no head. Dull carbonation in watery body. Starts with mild acidity, light fruitiness, and a little rye sweetness. Finish has a bit of sweet maltiness, but little bitterness. Horse stall, hay. Average ale. Hard to believe the abv is as high as 8%.
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had me confused at first, as the Harvards that I was in didn't use the "Mid" in front of the name. BIG BEER! This was about as close as you can come to a barleywine without being one. The sweetness steps all over any hops that might be in it. It seemed a bit stronger than the 8% listed, but alchohol wasn't really evident in the nose or taste. If it is really 8%, they should give you glasses bigger than the 10 oz. ones, so you can have a bit more to enjoy!
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an ale!! Barlywine tasting strong ale. Dark ruby in color, almost no head. Absolutly loved this beer, but than again, im easily pleased. It did have a big malty taste and wow, couldnt belive JH put out something so nice...bout time!
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent seasonal strong ale, a burnt hue to the already dark golden/light amber color, very little to no head retention, floral aromas, big malty flavors that were balanced nicely, they certainly didn't have to go out of their way to serve this in a special 10oz glass but evidentially they believe this to be a very strong beer (and I know we've all had bigger), but this was an excellent sipping beer, very good for after my dinner