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 (1735) - 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.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage: Pours a nice deep woody brown, with a thin, quickly evaporating head. Very crisp aroma, malty and alcoholic. Hits the tongue with a broad malty taste that springboards into a broad caramel and alcoholic taste that evaporates into a creeping hoppiness that leaves the roof of your mouth puckered and wanting more.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours from the 12 ounce bottle a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with the head pythonic in size, creamy in consistency and a toothsome light tan color, as it slowly dissipates the lace forms a thick veil to obscure the glass from prying eyes. Nose is sweet malt, light hints of fusel alcohol, caramel, quite crisp and fresh; a pleasant beer to sniff, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top moderate to full in feel. Finish has a unsparing acidity, the hops quite pronounced in their spicy bite, somewhat bitter and dry aftertaste, a quite nice barleywine, and Mad River a long time favorite Brewery.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2004 2003 bottle 9.5 abv. First off, what a color! Almost a purplish burgundy. Drab brown olive. Wow. Good medium dark yellow head, quickly disippating. Smells of lots of fresh hops, background of barley, more barley and some alcohol. Also has a nice light balsamic vinegar hint in the aroma. Slight hint of dark, yet dry fruits. Mouthfeel is smooth, oily and barely carbonated. Big, complex hops body, that is almost full bodied, dry hoppy taste but has a nice medium dry roasted/caramel malt balance. Wonderful ripe prune/plum/concord grape vinous flavor. As hoppy as this is, it still retains a dry, barleyesque flavor reminding me of English barleywines. Very balanced, a touch too hoppy if anything. Moderately complex finish, currants, raisins and more barley and hops. This definitely grew on me 200% from first sip to last. I want more!