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.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Deep brown/ruby color, slightly cloudy with tiny bubble off-whiet head. Malty, somewhat sour? aroma. Uh-oh. Deeply malty with sour aftertaste and little hop flavor. Very disappointing. The last time I had this (a few years ago) I thought it was great. This is definatley not the same recipe as then. Too bad.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Brown pour with smallish head. Caramel malt nose and sweet citrus malty taste. Dry finish. Could use some aging. Re-rated after 1 year and the taste really comes through. A nice sweet barleywine indeed. Two years and it has peaked, so 1.5 is the way to go here.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper/brown color. Aroma of maple syrup and pancakes and salt. Salty weird funk soy sauce, and i hate soy sauce. Chevy chase is here. not good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 version, drank 2004: uh...cloudy deep dark and disturbed amber color with absolutely no head..strange semi-smokey, almost meaty aroma with pure pine needle puree drizzled upon it and added wierdo dimensions of mint leaves, teriyaki and soy sauces...uh..yeah..strange aroma to say the least. Flavors were strange as well with a spicy punch with wierd appearances from BBQ sauce & ginger...growing ginger notes...tangy mint leaves..aged maltiness..big bold ginger.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color for a barleywine, with virtually no head even though I chugged it into the glass. Sweet cherry and hop aroma. Very thick, cherry syrup flavor with a stronger than usual hop finish. Not overly complex, but it manages to get most everything I like in a barleywine.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2004 1995 vintage. Yes, a 1995 vintage in 2004. What was I thinking? brown and cloudy in a snifter, no head, no lace. lighter brown to orange at edges of glass. little carbonation until it hits palate. strong yeasty flavor, yellow to brown floaties all through the glass, even when poured properly. notes of acorn, dried citrus rind, can't put my finger on it. I was slicing turnips at the time and the nose wasn't too far off! nothing sweet, alcohol finish, but could be no other style than a barley wine.