CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a still, clear bright copper with a thinly lacing white head. Aroma of rich caramel malt and butterscotch toffee with a touch of strawberries. Body starts thick and sweet which is to be expected with this beer. Some subtle sherry complexity comes in toward the finish, but could be more pronounced. Could use a touch more carbonation and hop presence. Still a nice beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Bottle: poured a red amber orange. Plenty of fizz here. Nice head. Good lacing. Aroma of fruit and malt and, of course, sherry. There is strong alcohol, and sherry taste, along with apple and malt. There is an under lying feeling of oak. There is a warming down below as the ale goes in. As this warms, more alcohol/sherry taste emerges, kind of like a liquor, with vanilla and a woody warmth. The finish is dry, and the taste really develops as it warmed. Nice, unite brew.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish golden brown color, little head around the edge. Sweetish fruity aroma and taste (cherry, grape, green apple, peach) with alcohol in the finish, warming. Somewhat burns the palate.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2012 This beer pours to an amber body with a thin head. Aroma of sherry, roasted walnuts and hickory nuts with a sweet malt, fruit, and coconut. Flavors are sherry, malt, aged hops, coconut, and some nuts. Palate is thick and rich.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle, 2003 version: clear orange-bronze with thin white wisps…sharp alcohol aroma with vanilla icing, candy sugar, and malt. Palate is as smooth and creamy as the others, but this one seems to have more development on the carbonation side, it is also less harsh on the tongue, a little easier to drink. Flavours seem a bit more rounded as well, with the alcohol present, but not dominate. Moist finish of oak, burnt cherries in vanilla cream and honey dew melon. My favourite of the four…
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper, clear, with a large white head.
Vinous nose, with plums, raisins, oak, slight sweetness.
Flavor is quite sweet, vinous, with smoke, tobacco, warming alcohol, and a good deal of bitterness to cut through the sweet.
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I may like this one the best of the four barrel-aged Harvest Ales. It’s the same gorgeous amber glow with the wispy, white head. The aroma is caramel and alcohol and a bit of oak. The flavor is sugary sweet, just like the rest of them, with a touch of slightly overripe peach supporting it. I can actually taste a bit of the wood from the barrel and a slight wine-like character from the sherry. This flavoring from the barrel is subtle, but not as subtle as the rest. A fine barleywine, but the sweetness, like in the rest, makes it a definite slow sipper.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Man, two barleywines in one night? Kill me. Yet, this J.W. Lees manages to be as good as the usual Harvest, but with a little different spark in the taste, most likely coming from its time spent in the sherry cask. Tasty and worth a try.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden hue with a reddish tint with almost no head at all. Just a few bubbles sitting there patiently, waiting for me to taste this brew. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, slighty herbal with hints of honey and clove. Mouthfeel is full bodied and it coats the the mouth as it goes down. Very, very sweet with flavors of honey, butterscotch, slight smokiness, vanilla and wood. And as with the lagavulin, it doesn’t quite do it for me. I was expecting much much more, but it is still a wonderful brew nonetheless. I only wish I had a cigar right now and many more bottles to age.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very impressive barley wine! It is sweet and licorice-tinged with a candy-apple, caramel nose and full caramel and sherry flavor to the palate. Good viscosity! An outstanding, near perfect drink. And I think with some aging the alcohol and sugars may balance out each other making this even BETTER!