notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Since I really love the harvest ale, I was expecting a great deal from this, and I have to say I am a bit disappointed. This beer is downright chunky. There are huge floaties; it looks like there are pebbles in here. The aroma is pretty good, with large doses of yeast, fruits and pastries. The flavor is decent as well, but not great. Peppery, spicy, some malty sweetness, some espresso as others pointed out. The finish, however, is astringent and bitter, overshadowing any goodness left behind by the flavor. No balance. I'd say it needs some aging, but I have no idea how old this bottle is.
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Fizzy coca-cola appearance, smallish immediately decaying head. Strong prune/apricot nose. Bitter, overly carbonated, burnt espresso on the tongue; this tastes more like a thin sour Imperial Stout than anything else, and it's not working. I really don't think I got a bad bottle; aren't barleywines supposed to have SOME sweetness and fruitiness in the flavor profile? This has barely a hint at the end, otherwise its bitter, flat, dull, overly alcoholic for its size. What a disappointment.
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a find! Flocculent yeast. Med dark beer, cool logo with the moon and hand, cool label. Favors Abbot ales from Belgium. Complex, woody, nutty, caramel hints, musty and lots of yeast. Smooth yeasty finish. An excellent brew, not for the non-initiated. 7.5 ABV is well hidden. This beer is deserving of careful consideration by the connoisseur.
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A muddy brown color with basically no head. The aroma has raisins, plums, vanilla, and earth. Sweet prunes and a touch of toffee in the flavor.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was pretty a nice sample of the barley wine style, though lacking something to take it to that next level.
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 (2809) - 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 (9837) - Wigston, 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 (6010) - 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.