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 (8914) - 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 (5277) - 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) - Sisters, 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
omhper (19239) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled - 2000 vintage sampled in Decmber 2002. Amber colur, no head. Grapefruity hop aroma. Malty, thick, fruity and syrupy. Clean, bold, filling mouthfeel and lingering hop bitterness. If there is such a thing as a middle-of-the-road in barleywines this one comes close.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet sweet sweet. Im not going to get to critical on this one. This barleyWine is waaaaaaaay too young. Ill let one sit in the basement for about 2 years than re-rate.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 Bottle: Smells like grapes, looks like a dark amber ale. Has a good malty mouthfeel with a very slight hop bitterness. The finish is malty sweet, very grape like. Slightly alcoholic taste creeps in. I like this one a lot, I think it should be rated higher than it is.
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 (2002 version, sampled 2/11/05) Small beige head atop a clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, berry, orange. Taste is medium sweet, and ... and nothing. There is a bit of maltiness, light grapefruit, vinous, but it really is a mild flavor. In a barleywine, this is unprecedented. Medium-full body. Clearly this beer does not age well, in fact it ages quite poorly. For the sake of decency, however, I will keep the bulk of my old rating and make sure I never drink an old one of these again. (6/3/3/3/7). (2001 version, sampled 8/1/02) Sweet berry aroma. Berry malty flavor, cut by healthy swath of alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, but bitterness creeps in at the back of the palate. (6/3/6/4/12)
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a shabby barleywine, but not hardly the best. Good balance here with generous hops to rival the malt content. Astringent grapefruit along with some dark fruit in the aroma. Initial taste is peppery and fades into a nice hop flavor and a rounded finish. Fairly non-descript and unmemorable as far as flavor and aroma goes, but there are no problems. Not too bad, but it won’t be a regular.