Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 batch. 12 oz. stubby brown bottle. I don't know why I bought another Mad River product, seeing as how everything else of their's I've tried so far stunk, but I decided to try this. Poured out a murky, cloudy brown color, with no head at all. I mean none. A slight ring of bubbles was all I got out of this bottle. Aromas of higher alcohols, lots of malts, some caramel, but that's not all. I smelled some piney, resinous, grapefruit hops as well. Tasted ok, but nothing special as far as barleywines as concerned. Finished kind of hoppy. Coats the tongue with a syruplike consistency also.
I've had better barleywines in my day.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Same recipe as all of the other west coast barleywines....nothing new at all here. Fruity, hop aroma. Lots more fruit and hops in the taste with some alcohol. Spicy in the finish, medium bodied....blah blah...not bad, but boring.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight fruity, maybe apricot, aroma with definite hop presence. Appearance is golden brown. Flavor is strong hoppiness but rather plain and bland. Mouthfeel is average.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Regular amber appearance and aroma. Syrupy, creamy and with a big robust and roasted west coast hop aroma. Quite strong, but not very complex. Stale and plain in the very carbonated finish.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A barleywine with the aroma carrying that West Coast hoppiness, yet there was deep maltiness as it warmed, as well. Bits of popcorn here as well? Not as syrupy as some barleywines, this seemed like a boring suped-up IPA. Not bad for what it is, though.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 Vintage - Fizzy light brown head. Hazy orange color. Very sweet and alcoholic aromas. Very mellow flavors, probably because of its age. Hops are most subtle, nioce sweet caramel malt flavors that are enjoyable complex. Medium bodied (light for the style). Also a very quick finish. Quite pleasant overall.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with rich amber color, head abounding with lace. Strong fruity aroma gives way to a spicy finish.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colored, somewhat cloudy, pours with a tan colored head. Aroma of alcohol, carmel malt and bittering hops(probably British). Flavor is figs and twigs. Finish is dry. I'm going to struggle to finish this one.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice clear rich amber body with light head. Faint aroma of hops and malt. Malt and hop bitterness reasonably balanced ending in a dry finish.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 bottling. Intense aroma, plenty of fruitiness, some apple, citrus and cherry, baking spices, faint tea leaves, wafting alcohol and lightly spicy hops. Red-orange color, finely hazed, initially fine head that all but dissipated completely. Great balance of caramel, bready, fruity malt sweetness, spicy, lightly piney and herbal hop flavors, bitterness and warming alcohol. Low effervescence on the palate and syrupy, oily mouthfeel. This is just a very nice beer, and the two years' aging certainly could not have hurt.