Indra (2536) - 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.
Ernest (5922) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2003 2002 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is
hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy
(grapefruit), moderately malty (caramel, cookie), light note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body,
syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 harvest. Cloudy reddish amber with a big white frothy, clingy head. Faint fruitiness among the alcohol and cardboardy malts. Appealing, but not special. Pretty malty and earthy in flavor. Nice and sweet. Big thick mouthfeel. Great warming finish in chest. Sweet chocolate and caramel too.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 Rating #1 (2/27/03) Bottle from the 2002 harvest of the organic malts (6 3 6 3 14). Dark amber color with a tan head. The nose has strong alcohol brandy like notes. A little medicinal and not well balanced.
Rating #2 (10/2/06) Bottle from the 2003 harvest (6 3 7 3 16). A deep dark brown color with a thin tan head. The nose is rIch and full of malts, caramel, and earthiness that carry over well in the flavor. Much improved and likely a result of longer aging. It lacks in fruitiness, but it has a spiced carmal flavor that is nice.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle: Light citric hop,sweet malt,alcohol aroma. Hazy,red/oarnge with a tight beaded,head.Leaves small ring. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick,and modestly carbonated. Somewhat metallic,as well. Body is pretty light. Flavors are sweet,bready,and hoppy.Finish is herbal hops and just slight alcohol.Nice flavor balance,but not enough flavor.Overall,pretty much what I expected and I liked it.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Hardly an aroma. Very light body. Sweet. Somewhat bland. Not one of my favorites.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 bottle.Very sweet aroma...very dominant cherry tones (unique!) and some chocolate. The flavor was like chocolate covered cherries to me. Hardly any hops bitterness...incredibly sweet. Pretty hazy orange/brown color with very little head formation. So far, the most unique barley wine I've had.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 Super Bowl Beer!
Hazy amber color with an orange tint. No head to speak of. Malty, sweet aroma... fruity and lightly perfumey.
Malty, alcoholic and sweet up front. Nicely balanced, pungent (buttermilk) and moderately bitter on the backside with plenty of alcohol.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Long, astringent, bitter-sweet, slightly dry finish.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. A touch of grapefruit is balanced by a slight maltyness. This is a mild flavored barley wine, kind of a nice change of pace from the big in-your-face Barley wine so typical of the west coast. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Would improve with some aging. 9% alcohol not very noticeable. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
candy aroma, medium body, candyish and super bitter, no alcohol presence comes through