mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2007 Bottle. Pours a brownish red color. Aroma is sweet and kind of tart. Flavor is malty with a little bit of hoppiness. Alcohol on the way down is slighty burning on the throat. Not all that sweet for a barley wine. Pretty good though, easy to drink.
frylock (1127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogney color with a mid sized off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with notes of plum and grape. Moderatley sweet, some toffee. Some rasin flavor, a good amount of bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is concealed quite nicely. Not tops for the style, but I would certainly drink it again.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definate Brown Sugar, Caramel, Alcohol, Malt, somewhat nutty, cherries, dark fruit in the aroma. Body is light ruby, with a thin head that dissapates. Almost like a carmalized version of bigfoot with less pronouced alcohol. Alcohol is slightly warming, and well covered. A very good underatted barleywine.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful caramel color with a nice head when poured. Little carbonation cannot sustain the dense head which gives way to strong intricate lacing. Sweet, pungent aroma of grapefruit and citrus are noticeable before I lift the glass to my lips. Soft on the palate and effervescant on the tongue this elixer has a delicate balance of malt and hops without too much of an alcohol burn. This is one tasty barley-wine.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Good clear amber pour. Nice white head. so far very good. sweet but tempting aroma. Maple - brown shugga ! indeed. This is a fairly good for barley wine,. NICE!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a large off white head. Clear with a deep amber color. Aroma is malty sweet mixed with alcohol. Flavor starts sweet then becomes bitter with an alcohol warmth. The hops give it a long finish. Medium body and silky on the tongue.
Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at blind tiger. Deep orange body, very thin off-white head. Incredibly sweet aroma makes the alcohol more obvious than in the old gnarly. Brown shugga? Indeed. Maple, honey.. name it it’s there, hops appear very subdued behind this thick malt mountain. It lacks something to be enjoyable, be it a deep smokiness/earthiness or a more countering bitterness, or just wheaty acidity. Never dry despite a citrusy bite in the finish.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little disappointing. Copper color with small off-white head. Aroma was molasses, brown sugar, some citrus. Full bodied and smooth in the mouth. The flavor was sweet, alcoholic, vinous. Not as good as I had anticipated but not bad either.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a slightly chill hazen copper color, slow and separated carbonation bubbles, finger high cap of firm froth, starts whitish but becomes more yellow as it fades. A thin broken skim remains on top after the head completely wisks away and a solid amount of frothy bubbles collar the rim and lacing in intricately woven strings and broken sheets.
Aroma is bit sugary and malty sweet with some nice caramel factions and very dull fruitiness, albiet, its not a strong wiffer, it seems to come and go in its strength. A bit of warmth seeps into the nose as well.
Taste is quite nice, mellow and smooth start, very mellow caramel and cookie sugars and of course some very nice brown sugar start it out as it glides right down. The finish is the clincher, at least for me it is, very late intermingling hops and spices breath up back across the palate with some warming attributes to give it that extra boost of oomff. Then the lips feel as if its been eating pancakes with butter and brown sugar after a long while later. Hmmm...I must want some breakfast foods or something.
Feel is glidingly smooth and sugary upfront, good slick feel on the way down thats extremely easy goin’. Yum! Body seems about medium, quite creamy on top, late is whole ’nother beast here. It settles in with the sugars fading off and turning to some nice hopped spiced of grass and herbs with a happy warming that soothes the soul.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2003. Sampled at my Barleywine Tasting in May of 2004. Very strong Cascade hops to the nose. This pours a real light gold color for a barleywine. Big bubble carbonation. Leaves the tongue almost dehydrated when it is done. This is not the best barleywine tonight, but it is a very very good ale overall. I am really surprised by the fact that it was not so sweet. The name is misleading.