BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden hue with minimum head and little lace. Berry fruity aroma with hints of wood, smoke, and butterscotch. Sweet yet tart taste, major alcoholic finish. A bit harsh. Medium-bodied with a rough, not very smooth mouthfeel. A below average barley wine, too much alcohol on palate.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, this tasted alright, but had that chunky/flakey yeast separation that I usually equate to being OLD. Being that it was both a 2002 and barleywine I figured no problem and it wasnít. Just looked like it could have been poured into a snow globe for better effect. As for taste - this doesnít fall into the general intensity I have come to love in most U.S. barleys. Lighter in color and hops and most all else. More like a strng ale or Belgian. Not bad, just quite a bit different.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with medium lasting head. Quite smooth easy drinking and warming. Would probably make a great intro to the style.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity and vinous nose. Almost clear, amber in color. Super smooth on the palate; soft as a flower petal. Electrifying alcohol presence takes precedence. It softens further down the bottle (or maybe that was me softening?)... and it warms the soul. Hops take a back seat - in the middle, on the hump. Some tasty and spicy - almost perfumy - notes surface as the beer warms. While I prefer more hops in a barleywine, I nevertheless found this beer enjoyable, in a strange way.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not the best barley wine around. As ecrvich noted, it is sort of like a strong APA. It is ok but lacks the thick, red chewiness that the best barley wines have. Donít spend $7.99 on a bomber like I did.
Ernest (5928) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body
is hazy medium amber, dense tiny and small particles. Aroma is
moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly malty (caramel), with
notes of alcohol and butterscotch. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately
bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter,
moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation,
moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Big on hops and alcohol, not
very complex otherwise. More like a heavily alcoholic APA than a