BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mjg74 (2957) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Ratman197 (12962) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.