FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber color that is quite clear but quite dark, almost approaching a deep night color. The head is creamy and a light brown color. The aroma is quite strong, with notes of alcohol, sherry, and a thick chewy maltiness. The taste is lightly sweet, and oh-so-smooth up front. It quickly moves to notes of sherry that is typical of an aged beer. This beer is pretty tasty, though there is a bit of harshness in the finish that seems to be contributed from some higher alcohols.
shadey (1912) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried this side by side with Rogue Old Crustacean. The Lake Superior easily come out on top. Pour was a deep brown with a thin creamy head. Smell was sweet alcohol, very similar to the Old Crustacean. The difference was in the flavor. While both had similar mouthfeels, the Winter Warmer tasted nutty and sweet with hints of figs and raisens along side the warming alcohol. A sipping beer to be sure, but quite tastey. Far better than expected.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, nice frothy tannish head, superb lacing, with I have no idea cuz its too dark carbonation. Sweet malty/grainy aroma, slight hops as well. A very warming malty flavor on first sip. Sweet, but on the grainy side. Average body and mouthfeel. Finishes with a slightly sweet/buttery grainy sorta flavor. Not bad, but nothing I would seek out again. Thanks goes out to footbalm for the trade!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and full of brown sugar with a touch of caramel and a little alcohol. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a touch of brown sugar and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and smooth.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Sampled toward the end of the night, so my notes are getting a bit skimpy; Malty, sweet, fairly strong flavor overall, but slightly sour for some interesting balance; The palate is full bodied, sweet and sticky; Malty nose like wort; Light brown color, slightly cloudy; Tan head is bubbly
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Thanks to BadgerBen for this contribution to our So.Cal. BarleyWine fest.) Poured dark garnet color with a thin rim of bubbles and some lacing. Aroma of molasses, hops and brown sugar, alcohol, sour apple and spice. Nice sweet, malty rich flavor, spicy with astringent and balancing hops. Smooth, full body, little carbonation. Nice surprise from Minnesota.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark -- ruby-walnut...smallish lasting head; clear. Light sweet cherry-caramel alcohol nose. Thick, fruity-sticky mouthfeel, fairly assertive in the hop department throughout, somewhat syrupy; alcohol dominates the finish, rather dry and vodka-like. Not bad, fairly tasty I guess, but quite average for a barley wine.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid brown color with clinging bubbles and untra thin tan head that looks like any river in Newark, NJ. Wonderful caramel aroma. Taste is a bit sticky sweet, warming alcohol, and bourbon. The website says 100 cases were brewed in late 1999 and bottle aged until release of Nov 2000. I’m glad I poured 1/2 a glass before reading LEAVE SEDIMENT BEHIND. I guess my luck with beer continues! Anyway, although this isn’t the best Barley Wine out there, it’s a good one. Thanks Robertsreality for throwing this Bad Boy in as a bonus.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Creamy Head. Malt. Caramel. Wood. Nutty. Not typical of barley wines having sampled a few in succession.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours burgundy with a nice head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, spice, toffee, and malt. Tastes malty, fruity, with nice sweetness. Finishes hoppy, fruity, with more cabernet. Very complex, with well hidden alcohol.