TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Bottle: Beer pours murky dark amber with a rapidly dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is rich, with notes of caramel, mellowed hops, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with caramel, alcohol and a spicy, peppery finish. This is not world class barleywine, in fact it seems to me to be more like and English strong and would rate more highly in that style catefory.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12 oz. (Thanks BBB63). Small beige head. Semi-cloudy, amber body with floaties (particulate matter). Aroma is grainy, malty, caramel, and bread. Flavor is very malty, and there is not much on hops, but a very robust flavor. Very little alcohol in aftertaste--smooth.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, 2002 bottling When I first had this one back in 2002 it surprised me, I thought it was rather good, so I grabbed a bottle to stash...and now Iím cracking it...pours(cellar temp) with a bit of head, lazy carbonation, nice deep brown/brugundy color. Big nose of malt, carmel, nuts, cherries?? or berries Drinks full bodied, finishes tight, not leaving a lot lingering behind. Not overly bitter or sweet for a beer this size, but I do get some nice PNW hops stepping up in the finish, not the piney type, more of the fruity(Iíd guess Columbus or cascade??). Its a bit sticky.. The flavor is the nose...with more hops thrown in. This isnít as massively hopped as Bigfoot, Iím tempted to call it mellow and malty, but those hops are still there. It does seem to be on the "lighter" side of the american BWs Iíve had, which is maybe why it stood out to me before, it certainly does now...this one has stood up well, and I wish I had bought a couple more!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chesnut color with a thin white head. Moderatley sweet malt aroma with some caramel and citrus fruits. Sweet and malty, some plum, a good dose of hops comes through late.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy burgundy hue, a cloudy crimson, with a slim helping of whitish foam.
Nose is rich, bold, and fruity, giving alcohol notes from the start, ripe berries and cherries, grape and plum, lush and leathery...perfect fit for a barleywine, very, very nice...
Taste is full and flush with flavor, tangy and the slightest bit tart, ultimately well-rounded...mighty mellow,...this is an exemplary old ale, by anyoneís reckoning, and by mine, itís a winner. The 9% is there, but doesnít intrude, and slips through slyly...a restive nightcap this, and very tasty, highly rewarding.
John Barleycorn must live!
(had to do that...forgive me...)
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Since I have barleywines few and far between, and when I do have them itís quite an amazing experience, I was looking forward to this ale. Unfortunately, it did not pack the incredible punch some of my previous barleywine offerings have. Nonetheless, it comes from organic barley and for 9%, the aftertaste is really crisp and light. So in that respect, itís pretty amazing. I guess the best way to describe this beer is not as barleywine but more as a rich fruit beer almost, because if I view it that way, I can respect it a whole hell of a lot more. The more I drink it, the more I enjoy it, so in the end it will undoubtedly receive rave reviews.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Malty, lordly syrup. Viscous and corroded like battery fluid. Headless and suspended in the weightless zone of thick gooey malty vacuous space. Voraciously woody nose. Oaky and caramelly all at once. The viscosity is terrifying and certainly drowns out all hope of escape. The hops and malts swim and writhe against one another like a glass case full of wet eels. Sweetly cardboard-like. Cotton candy aroma. Primarily corn and saccharine sweetness. This fades into a very hoppy, rusted and oaky flavor. This is one deep monster full of both England and America. Viscosity and destruction. Good, if notslightly overwhelming unbalanced, barleywine.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Brownish-orange colou for this IPA. whatís that you say...itís not an IPA? Hmmm. Hoppy and citrusy on the nose. Letís give it a taste. Sharp alcohol and light hops but also now some caramel and maltiness - smooth and easy-drinking. Youíre right - it is a barleywine after all. Not bad but not powerful enough and complex enough for a killer score. Iíd drink it again though.
TAR (2598) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.