TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Medium dark amber; crystal clear. Teeny bubbled dirty white foam with adequate retention. Jellied fruits, toffee firmness, alcohol, mint, butter rum, sweet caramel maltiness, vague earthiness, yams, and traces of piney hops in the aroma. Astringent alcoholic swallow upon first sip. Straightforward flavors of light tropical fruitiness and sweet malt flavors. Finishes slightly interesting with fresh caramel, yams, salt, and bready aspects. Lots of acidity. Alcohol is far too noticeable. A run of the mill barleywine. Last year’s (2002) 12 oz. version was far more impressive.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with a slightly jaundiced head. Malty grapefruit aroma. Some fresh grapefruit along with some pasturized grapefruit aromas. Strong presence of caramel, bread, and brown sugar/molasses with notes of butter and roasted malt. Sweet flavor with a muddled bitter finish with a touch of grassiness. Quite drinkable.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful red-brown pour that resulted in a full but quickly dying head. Aroma was very floral with some faint sweet undertones. Hops were noticable up front smoothing to a slight pineapple flavor in the middle. The finish was sweet with a warm glow resulting from the by then evident alcohol.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Brown Shugga, how come you taste so good? Didn't really taste like a barleywine, but was still pretty good. I had this after I was already a few too many deep, so what can I say. ReRate Feb 2004: Off cask at the Horse Brass, no idea what vintage this is. Quite possibly the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced in a beer. Seems to just chill in your mouth, then coats your throat all the way down. Leaves a great taste of hops and roasted malt. A classic.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown sugar with slight hop aroma, flavors of brown sugar with slight hop and alcohol bite
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red-amber with little head, but it maintains some foam around the edges. Smells of hops and thick sweet malt. Very nice bitter hops that kick in at the beginning and last even in the after-taste. Despite those, it's still a bit sweet and the malt isn't entirely balanced.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really like this stuff. Very sweet almost syrupy. Not much head, but very strong aroma and flavor. I"m not sure if I"d call it a barleywine or strong ale, but its good whatever you call it.Powerful beer with a nice kick as well.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lacey head and very pretty beer. Malty and spicy flavor makes this beer go down very smoothly.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first opinion is that this beer, being non-descript, is probably not a barley wine but an American Strong Ale. High alchohol doesn’t equal barley wine. This is like a flavorful IPA backed with the malt of a good brown ale. Blooming Cascade hops knife through a sweet, grainy barley malt to give a very tasty and surprisingly well rounded result. I hope the guy that screwed up the batch got a promotion.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As soon as I opened the bottle,pinapple(hops)aromas filled the area. Clear orange,with a dense frothy head,which subsides to a inch. Intense fruity(hoppy),sweet,alcoholic(not overpowering) aromas. Mouthfeel is soft and almost thick enough.Great carbonation. Heavy carbonation and thickness counteract each other. Full bodied. Sweet(almost cloying),malty,bitter flavors and a grainy,leafy-hop finish. So smooth and creamy it drinks like a IPA.Well,at least to this drunk it did. Lagunitas make some of the most distinct beers and they all seem impossible to classify.I love em’