jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet and raisiny. Medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet and raisiny and finishes on the dry side. $5.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer. Pours deep brown with nice fruity aroma. Flavors are complex. Chocolate, toffee, raisins and butterscotch. Woody flavors. Rich texture that seem to get dry at the end. Nice after taste. Overall, this is a good one.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At $5.99 a bottle, this better be good. Nice dark brown color with what looks like a thick tan head, for a BW. Big malty fruity aromas. First taste is a powdered chocolate, dried prune flavor that’s only going to get better as the temp rises. There’s some sort of sharp bite in there, which I can only think is hops, ’cause following closely behind that is the alcohol. Quite the complex ale I am going to say, cause not there’s more chocolate and nuts. Packs a little punch as well. Worth a go.
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting. Taste has a secondary layer after the first which hits a second after you put it in your mouth. Layered tastes, interesting.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A sweet aged cognac aroma, that turns into a superior pour with a big off whit head, a second scent gives away hints of madeira port, with a same consistency in the pour. Lacks in complexity based on the aroma that is very big and full of barleywines uniqueness, so I am disappointed. Lots of raisins, toffee and chocolate with a very tame and light english strong ale roasted ness in the mouthfeel. Big aromas, but not a big taste, too thin and lacking.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
9.9 oz bottle, snifter. Milk chocolate, mild coffee (H); earthy hops (VL); port, plum, raisin, sherry, oak aromas. Deep brown body with a moderate sized, creamy, tan head. Heavily sweet thoughout with some finishing acidity and aftertaste of Raisinets and some alcohol hotness. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a good barleywine until you start drinking it.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear brown, off white head. vanilla, malt toffee and booze aroma. nice sweet toffee-ish malt flavours with a bit of anise, but it's way too boozy for 7.5%. not a whole lot of hop balance either.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep burgundy with a frothy light tan head. Aroma is caramel and a hint of butterscotch. The flavor is caramel and alcohol. Not well-balanced. There is a medium amount of hop bitternesss, but this barleywine is not nearly complex enough. Body is medium and dry.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
1998 vintage bottle. Dark cloudy brown in color with a tan head. Sharp aroma like dried fruit. Prunes, raisins. It is smooth in flavor. Its sweet up front and the there is a sharpness and bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 0.5l bottle. Why is this so poorly rated? Awesome clear reddish brown, with a tan head. Extremely fruity aroma. Where can I get this yeast? Almost Belgian-like. Very fresh as well. Flavor is nice and fruity as well, with a clean, carmelly malt flavor. I guess I am in the minority on this one.
1998 vintage (or so it is said). Pours a dark cloudy brown. Tan head. aroma is a sharp sherried dried fruit conglomerate of prunes and raisins. Flavor is smooth and sweet up front then sharp and bitter in the finish with the dried fruit remaining. This is fascinating after all this time! 7-4-7-4-13