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.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light malty nose. Slight presence of alcohol. Decent head on the reddish brown body. A nice softer version of the barleywine style.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The alcohol note came on a bit strong in this barleywine. I prefer the Old Horizontal, personally.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and very alcoholly taste. I wouldn’t want to puke this stuff, it would burn comming up. A great example of a barley wine style ale.
flarp99 (4) - sadfsdaf, - MAR 15, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A reasonable ale, just don’t have too many you drunken slag!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Moderatey cloudy deep brown/red. Pretty nice head and lace. Nose of malt, caramel,fruit and hints of alcohol. Pretty smooth beer with flavors of malts, fruits, wood and leather. Alcohol is there but not really noticeable. A good brew!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent barley wine with a nice caramel oaky taste.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice blend of fruity flavors and caramel malts with some oak barrel woodiness. Thinned out a bit and I lost interest at the end. Wasn’t seriously impressed, especially considering the $5 price tag.