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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
Brewed in small 10-barrel batches with Certified Organic barley malt, this crimson hued ale has a sweet caramel nose with a zesty spicy, citrus taste. It has a slight hop finish and leaves a warm, tingling sensation on the tongue.A great winter warmer!

Malts Used: Organic Barley
Boiling Hops: Columbus, Brewerís Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewerís Gold, Perle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
04 Harvest Opaque reddish amber appearance, modest head fromation. Malty, sugarry, caramel nose with intriguing herbal notes. Grapefruit citrussy hops make the first impression but donít last. Turns to a caramel suggarry malt flavor, slightly dryish towards the ends, dry figs. Hoppy grapefruit comes back again towards the end. Overall pretty disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 RERATE from the last of my 2002 bottles and shared with Tom: Age has done this well, more balanced with a bit of classic olde school oxidation. Increase my rating from a 2.4 to a 3.4 total score.

2002 Harvest and served in my small GL snifter:

A rich amber hue but there is some floating yeast veins as well, minimal head and zero lace, some oily tears. The nose develops a heavy malty character of caramel and rye bread along with spicy and earthy hops. Minor fruity esters as well mostly based upon ripened apple and apricot. Moderate phenolic nature runs in conjunction. Sweet malt and sugary base with some fruit undertones and a peppery bite. In the end however, this barley wine falls face first without ever exciting the taste buds. The feel is equally short and not very inviting, just seems to just sit there and do nothing, boring to say the least. Mad River has some good brews, this is not one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2005
2002 Harvest: A fairly complex barley wine without the sharp alchohol or intense sweetness of many of the same style. Distinct cereal character with a nice bready nuttiness and a soft chocolate finish. The beer borders on watery as it warms, but stays mostly solid and very tasty. All around good - great ruby color with nice head retention, mellow but still fairly complex aroma and a palate that is comparable to the top barley wines out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2957) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottled 2004. Pours a fairly dark ruby color. Aroma is sweet and somewhat fruity with some hoppiness. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is hoppy and malty. Slight roastiness in the finish. A little bit of alcohol is noticable as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12oz. bottle 2001 thanks to Jeffc666. Murky dark amber color with a small tan head. Sweet malty, caramel aroma with hints of vanilla and wood. Flavor was sweet caramel malt, vanilla, alcohol and some bitter hops on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours a hazy red with a creamy tan head. Tart and fruity caramel aroma with some alcohol. A tiny bit of smoke also. Big caramel flavor with some vanilla, hops, a little cherry and again a hint of smoke. Slightly astingent bitter finish. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12962) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2004 bottle pours a hazy garnet with an amber head. Aromas of apricots, cherries, malt, and some vinous notes. palate is a bit light for a barleywine. Very mild flavor for a barleywine. Ther are mild berry flavors, some licorice and a pleasing warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2004 Harvest: Murky brown with one tight row of bubbles for a head, this has a vinuous aroma of berries and alcohol. Itís a thick drink, sweet malt and dark fruit flavors with a burn of alcohol and a bite of earthy hop bitterness. With a sticky, burning finish, this actually isnít that bad of a drink. And at a 9.5% ABV, Iím not gonna complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
04 bottle, very nice ripe berry aroma almost reminds me of a very estery belgian dubble, no head brownish red body, very sweet - overpowering berry flavor riding on waves of a medicinal backbone, light on the tongue with a bit of off handed bittering at the end that doesnt compliment the flavor much, overall it isnt bad - when it was fresh the flavor were more pronounced and melded together - 6 months out.. the body has kind of fallen apart

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This was a 1997 harvest bottle tasted 10/7/04. This poured a murky brown with no head and no lace. Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol and vinegar scent coming from it. At this point I was pretty sure this would taste like crap. Sour, strong alcohol and vinous is about all I can say to describe the taste. A bit of sweetness some where but not enough to keep this one from puckering me up with every sip. Mouthfeel was okay and drinkability was non-existent. Maybe the years didnít take kindly to this one, but this is the first beer that made me involuntarily twitch with almost every sip. Hopefully I can come across a much younger bottle next time.

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