DYCSoccer17 (3285) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Bottle Vertical tasting with the port and calvados. Of the 3, this was the my least favorite. A rather pleasant vinous aroma with sweet honey notes in the nose. Very sugary sweet start giving way to some tangy maltiness turning more sweet in the finish. Ethanol well hidden, but cloyingly sweet. transparent copper with a small white head.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellowish color with no head to speak of. The aroma and taste are very similar in the fact that itís sweet and sherry. This along with my ratings of all of the BA JW Leeís, is that it needs more time. Drinkable yeah, but way too young.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark copper color wih a medium sized off white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma was dry and vinous, a pungency of dark fruits, grapes, and plums. The taste was also very vinous more grapes, very spicy, almost a cinnamon taste with an alcohol burn at the end.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium off-white head and fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. Transparent, very little carbonation and an orange-brown hue. Nose was malty, caramel, sweet, sherry and alcohol. Flavor was sweet, syrupy, sherry, malt, and alcohol from start to finish. Mouthfeel was tingly and alcohol. Full bodied barley wine with sparse lacing.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was transparent and caramel brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malt and hops. Its mouth feel is initially tingly vinous caramel with a lingering slightly tingly harsh palate and a vinous hop caramel malt aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinuous bitter malty caramel hoppy notes and was very tasty. It was quite strong and vinous with some port like qualities.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Orange/pink-hued amber body. Short-lived white head. Warm rasin bread aroma with alcoholic sherry notes. Bit of a sour woodiness at the end of the aroma. Above-average amount of sweetness in the flavor - plums seeped in sherry with wood and hoppy bitterness to balance it out. Thereís a little too much tingly carbonation, but it does help cut down on the sweetness. An enjoyable barleywine - the flavor doesnít go as "deep" as some other examples but itís well-balanced with unique flavors.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark
yellow. Aroma is heavily malty (toasted bread, molasses, caramel),
lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of sherry/cardboard, cask wood,
butterscotch, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic,
lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately
bitter. Full body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation, moderately
alcoholic. The most distinctive (aromatically) of the three cask Harvest
Ales Iíve had so far (havenít tried the Calvados). The Port and
Lagavulin actually seemed to *lose* some character upon aging, but not
so with this one. Iím not a big fan of that oxidized sherry-like aroma,
but itís very light and rustic here (rather than smelling harshly of
*oxidation*, it just smells...well...antique). Definitely an
introspective fireside kind of beer. Nicely balanced for a British
barleywine. Very rich malt on display.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, (apricots and peaches), touch of oak and sherry. A full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Oak and sherry flavors dominate. Fairly sweet tasting, honey and maple. Touches of floral hops. Very smooth. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a touch of alcohol bite.
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Decent chunky head. Thin foam lasts the duration with light carbonation. Generous head redevelops upon swirling. Sweet, malty aroma with some earth, wood, a hint of alcohol and bit of vanilla. Color is great, clear, medium amber. Sweet, malty flavor with a sourness that I did not expect. Hint of butterscotch. Flavor is slightly unsettling in the stomach. Acidic also. Alcohol stings the tongue and seems to mask some of the flavor unlike the calvados varsion. Finish is think and coating with a nice alcohol warming. A decent barlelwine but I expected better and not as good as some of the other versions.
Well now, back to see how this one has aged. This bottle is from the first bottling of this brew back in 2003. Has been aging "expertly" in my basement these past 5 years. Amazing carbonation for a 5 year old brew. About a 2 inch thick head and lots of carbonation. Head recedes slowly and is kind of sloppy but still impressive. Sweet sherry aroma with lots of caramel, cherries and sweet sugary malts. Color is a bright orange brown. Flavor is loaded with caramel and toffee. Lots of brown sugar, alcohol and sweetness. This certainly has mellowed out a bit but is still super sweet and hot. Unfortunately the flavors have mellowed and the sweetness and alcohol have not. Slick and oily mouthfeel but super smooth. Finishes hot and sweet. Still a good bw but has not really improved with 5 years under her belt.
Frank (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Immediately, this strikes me as not nearly as heavenly as the ordinary Harvest ale. The exact difference is somewhat difficult to pinpoint given that I donít have a regular Harvest Ale to try along side this so I have only notes and memories to go by (but a boy can dream....). Pours a lovely amber golden color. The head is small but lasting and it leaves quite a few little spots of lace. The nose is malty with a dusty, honey-like character and a tiny, tiny hint of woody, resiny bitterness. Syrupy but punctuated with a few prickles of carbonation here and there to keep things interesting. A sweet stickiness clings to the tongue and reveals a dash or two of hoppy bitterness. Alcohol makes itself known but not until it finds its way to your stomach. I canít be one-hundred percent certain but, if you twisted my arm and made me tell you, the sherry cask aging adds a slight bit of sweetness and a light vinous note that compliments the strong sweetness rather than strictly balancing it like bitterness. The one thing I find myself missing here that I love in the original is that smooth vanilla note. Itís still here buy you have to look for it much harder. Still, a damn fine beer though.