Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Pours a deep brown color with a good sized head. Dark fruit, wood and alcohol aroma. Starts sweet and ends nicely bitter. Decent thinnish body with a minimal amount of carbonation.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extemely yeasty. Huge Huge chunks. A little more thin tasting than I expected. Lacks the sweetness that I like in most barley wines. Overall, smooth drinking with a little bit of a warm finish, but not the most remarkable barley by any measure.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bubbled tan head.Clear brown color.Big yeast chunks swimming around really detracts from the visual aspect.Big malt aroma.Bitter sweet chocolate with some tobaccoey flavors.Full bodied dry finish.The large yeasties floating around in this brew do take something away from it, but not too much.Its a full flavored brew. Barleywine? More like an old ale to me. It would probably age well.
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A barley wine with a difference. This beer has earthy, herbal notes not typical of the style along with the typical coffee and chocolate flavours. A good beer, but it is let down slightly by a relatively poor finish.
TheBeerGod (5435) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown to almost black with a reddish tint to it, a la McEwan’s Scotch Ale. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes somewhat more bitter than I was expecting. Worth a try, but nothing overwhelming.
argo0 (11862) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet plum and milk chocolate. Flavor is raisin, chocolate, coffee and oak. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Despite the alcohol, the body’s actually a bit thin.
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty brown; No head; Sweet, pruney nose. Decent mouthfeel. Heavy coffee flavors to start.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a few bottles of this while cooking some chili. Rich nose of alcohol, cloves, ginger,
pepper, anise, and resin. Pours a brilliant dark ruby with tons of floaties (my decanting
skills suck). The average beige head is frothy and mostly diminishing with good lacing.
The flavor starts warm and spicy and has a moderately acidic middle. The finish is long
and complex that is to say bitter, spicy, sweet and earthy. The full body is soft and oily.
The finish feels chalky. Interesting, my first experience with the Barley Wine style.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
First sip was pure unsweetened cocoa powder flavor - a hint of chocolate but a strong thick bitterness - and I mean that in a good way. Thick deep red body filled with floaties. Oak flavors at the end of the swallow. This is good, but too balanced toward the hops.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like a nice cold, refreshing glass of prune juice - murky brown w. no head, whatsoever. Smells of dried fruits and perhaps chocolate. First taste is very sweet. I found it to be chocolatey, earthy, bready, molasses-spiked. Several sips revealed vodka-like alcohol notes. Strangely bitter at the finish but w/o any real hops presence.
Not a favorite, despite complexity.