thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fort Wayne event. The first brew of the day with Silphium who arrived first. This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left beihnd a transparent softlyt carbonated orangish colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was mildly hopped. I found its mouthfeel very smooth for a barley wine and this favct makes it a good transistion brew for the inexperienced to have as thier first barley wine. It hafd a mild afterbite and a very mild hopp flavor mixed withother spices and doughyness.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
And so the day began at thedm's Fort Wayne tasting. Hey, a wax-topped bottle! Pretty impressive. The beer wasn't so bad itself. Poured golden-amber, with a sparkling off-white/light tan head. Floral, spicy hops aroma, with some caramel and bread. Rather light flavor for a barleywine, with some caramel flavors, spicy hops, and sweeter fruit as the beer warmed. Rather thin-bodied, with alcohol evident in the aftertaste. A rather unique barleywine, although certainly not in the top echelon.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma, hopped like British Olde Ale. Somewhat cloud, brownish orange color,looks like cider only not a cloudy. Flavor is sweet mixes with very Earth like hops. Had this one twice, and I have two diffferent opinions about it. I may have a third time and re-rate it.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this vintage 2003 brew in my MIGHTY FALSTAFF goblet bwahahaha. Pours a clear orange. The average off white frothy head is mostly diminishing with no lacing. The immediate nose is one of pine and citrus. After the brew breathes some fruit tones are present but very faint. The flavor in a word - nice. Hops bitterness swirled with alcohol warmth. Hints of caramel and citrus with medium acidity. Very good balance with a long bitter finish. The body is much thicker than it looks (definitely full), dry, and soft to lively. The finish feels dry. Not at all what I expected as a barleywine. The heavy gravity is well hidden until you stand up.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Strong pale hoppy fruity and sweet barleywine. This beer really has everything, but is more drinkable than some of the rather syrupy barleywines. I like this a lot.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a thin ring for a head. It smelled of sweet caramel and dry fruit. Lots of dark sugar sweentess in the flavor with a noticable alcohol tone. All the right flavors for a barley wine but the beer just seems too little.
BBB63 (6019) - 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 (1417) - 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 wasn’t. Just looked like it could have been poured into a snow globe for better effect. As for taste - this doesn’t 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 (3431) - 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.