TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 vintage: Clear rusty orange. Thick, pasty, rocky ivory blanket of foam. Fluffy malt aroma interwoven with overripe white grapes, orange rind, mixed berries, and lightly-toffeed malt hulls. Very airy, as well, with mellow notes of waxed plums, perfume, figs, graham, and sherry. Pillowy soft, creamy carbonation. Extremely mellow first sip yields notes of caramel-doused raisins, which effortlessly glide across the palate alongside underlying richness of melted figs, plums, unsweetened chocolate, and a cookie malt base. Zero acidity to speak of and a mere trace of oxidized malt flavors. Remarkably clean and focused with cedary malt tones, vanilla, and spicy anise esters. Flower petals and fresh passionfruit soften the body, but are somewhat sharpened by a dash of roasted malt astringency and tobacco. Earthy bitterness continually lurks at the back of the throat and climaxes in the finish, kissed with leather and a lush bready malt overlay. Two years of cellar time has worked wonders on this. Very decadent.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a small ivory head that falls very fast. Sweet carmamel aroma, very malty with a little bit of alcohol shining through. Taste is rich and malty with a ton of caramel mixed in with its smooth mouthfeel. Decent bitterness towards the end to balance it a bit.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown orange color, almost no head, no lacing, very low carbonation. The aroma is sweet with molasses, fig and lots of malt base, mild alcohol and carbonation. The flavor is sweet and VERY rich and malty, a touch of hop bitterness to balance but barley enough to overcome the carbonation let along the sweetness. Finishes smoky and a bit aged; rounded but not perfect. A decent barleywine with some flaws but definately not boring or subtle.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby/orange. Light spotty lacing and no head really. Maybe a thin film. Big hop aromas. Bitter and some citrus. Sweet malt backing. Lots of caramel. Some roast. Some vinous qualites. Maybe a touch of wood. Flavor is big time bitter with alcohol backing. Tangy hops. Citrus and floral. Some figs. Caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Thick and chewy with a big finish of bitter alcohol.
radiomgb (2363) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange/brown in colour. Aroma was very hoppy, lots of citrus and some caramel malt. Flavour had a very smooth mouthfeel, mild hop, some chocolate, mild alcohol, high carbonation and some butter. Finishes smooth, long. Good, but just a little light tasting.
Kinz (3361) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber, very little head. Aroma had elements of caramel, blood oranges, and alcohol. Flavors also had citric elements that strayed toward orange, along with a healthy dose of caramel flavors. Medium bodied. Alcohol component was not well integrated, which detracted from an otherwise good beer.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 version: Pours a nice and hearty beef stew stock amber color. Small white head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma is like candy, sweet and some sourness. Some maple syrup in there as well. Flavor is sweet and tart, in a citrusy sort of way. Really nice caramel flavors in there as well. Body is actually much more thin than expected but it works with this beer for some reason. Interesting beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle: Clear orange/red color with almost no head. Medicinal citrus aroma, full bodied. Starts sweet and ends even more sweet. Bright orangy character.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with red and orange hues. Medium sized head of off-white, very fine bubbles. Smells sweet and hoppy (acid), pine, sugar, alcohol. Taste is mellow for a barleywine: sweet brown sugar and raisins up front, quickly turns to lemony and bitter hops. Aftertaste is more developed than usual, warm with grapes cherries, plums and alcohol. I enjoyed this, a beer with character. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1998: This barley wine pours with a very cloudy orange-amber hue topped with no head and there is no lacing to speak of. There's a lot of floaters in this one as well. This is just wierd! The aroma is sweet and minty with a liquid smoke, teriaki, soy sauce note. Everything somehow comes together with a candy cane like aroma. The flavor is very sweet and candy like with slight bitter, minty notes and hints of teriaki. This beer is just freakin' wierd, but for some reason I kinda like it. Medium bodied and smooth, without much carbonation.