Strykzone (5386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting beer to pour as it is definitely unfiltered an has large chunks in it. Aroma is very much barley as is the flavor. This is a very strong beer to drink and sipping is plenty for me. Small bottle, but it packs a flavor punch! Alcohol content is definitely high and it comes out in both flavor and after effect. This one is like drinking a strong mixed drink rather than a beer. It is too strong for casual drinking but makes a nice change of pace. I enjoyed it.
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a orange out of the tiny bottle. TONS of floaties. The bottom of my glass if full of stuff. Aroma is caramel malts with a huge dose of alcohol. Flavor is not as much in your face as the aroma. Dark fruit is the main thing that stands out then a super sweet candi sugar hits you. Still average at best as no hops make an appearence.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
pours a hazy honey clour with hardly any head and large chunks. aroma of alcohol very little malt and i think i smell some kind of gas like kerosine. flavour is alot of alcohol very pungent and bitter and a bitter after taste. it seems to burn my senses.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Styles, July ’06. Oxidized aroma, medium amber in colore and failry clear with a disturbing slimy sediment layer. Fairly alcoholic. Not a lot of redeeming qualities to find favor in.
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is filled with malted grains, plums, sugar, and alcohol. The appearance is copper with a tiny head and lots of floating chunks. The flavor has toffee, hard candy, alcohol, vinegar, and grassy hops. The palate is smooth. The aftertaste is cereal grains. This is not a great Barley Wine.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremly cloudy large chunks of something in the bottom of the glass over an off orange color w/ a tiny soapy white head. Aroma is a carmel malt lots of alcohol touches of cereal and even a bit of piney grassy hop. Palate is full well coated and lightly creamy. There is something a bit off in the flavor it is very mellow w/ alcohol and toffee, i think most of the hops died out w/ the age but some resins are still present then there are some lingering dark fruits and syrups. This is far from a good barley wine but it’s not too bad. I wish there wasn’t so many big chunkies floating in it.
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6 oz bottle, via kp, 2000 vintage. Pours a mostly clear copper colored body with a few small chunkies, despite a very careful pour, with zero head. Aroma is all malt with a good dose of alcohol. Some moderate oxidation notes of madiera and light soy. Heavy oxidation comes out in the flavor, but not in an especially pleasing way, even for a fan of aged beers. Otherwise, alot of toffee and alcohol, especially alcoholic on the finish. Mouthfeel has some life left in it, nice soft carbonation and medium bodied but the alcohol thins it out a bit on the finish. Overall, this was OK, but it didn’t seem to hold up to the aging very well.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saw this at Belmont and i didnt recognize it and it was only like a 1.25 so i had to get it. I dont think this is as bad as it is rated but it still isnt that great of a barleywine. I really dont like the massive amount of sediment, especially considering there is only 6.3 oz in the bottle. There were small yeast pieces and also big chunks of stuff. I was also suprised how hot this beer still was. I have the millenium edition and it still seemed a little agressive for only being 10%. Flavor was very sweet and had some dark fruitiness and some bread flavor. Not too bad but i can see why this has been sitting around for 6 years.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Indy tasting Dick’s 96th - Aroma of sweet honey, malt, butterscotch, and alcohol. Pours chunky gold with no head or lacing. Flavor is also sweet with some golden raisin, alcohol, and hops. Palate is sticky and tart. Well, looking at the other ratings, it seems a small sample did this beer a favor. I didn’t even know it was suppossed to be a barleywine.
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nip courtesy of DavidP, thanks. Says 10 year anniversary, which I guess means its a 1997 bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus glass. Pours with very little carbonation and just a bit of lacing that quickly disappeared. There are definitely big chunks of stuff in it, not your regular sediment. Color is orangish copper. Aroma is very present, but weak for a barleywine this strong. Got that barleywine aroma of plums and raisons, but too muted. Taste is the most watered down barleywine I have ever experienced. Thin mouthfeel, no aftertaste. Its a weak ass barleyine. Again, this beer goes to prove my theory Germans love Dav..uh...I mean... Organic beers usually suck. But it does add to my barleywine collection, thanks again Dave.