DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004, although the listing shows that their batch was a 10.2% alcohol by volume offering. This beer poured a reddish mahogany color with a thin creamy white head with minimal lacing and a decent amount of visible carbonation. The aroma was very astringently fruity! Oranges and nectar were right in your face in the nose with a slight hint of hops. The aroma was not the easiest thing in the world to figure out and it might be worth a re-rate on that note alone. The flavor is sweet with finishes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and a slight hint of spices in the finish...a pinch ginger or peppery. Extremely sweet finish as it warmed and aside from a fruity ester or two it became incredibly one-sided in its dimensions. It ended fairly grapey and vinous but only after it had warmed considerably and become a completely different beer. Ompher has it correct that this beer is definitely all over the place...perhaps a little aging and an addition of actual hops might add some depth to this beer.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dak brown body with burgundy highlights and a small white head. Rich aroma of dark fruits, hops, and malts. Flavor of caramel and hops.
CapFlu (4680) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(20oz bottle) Pours a large creamy beige head with beautiful lacing. The body is a deep red colour. Young hop aroma. Rich, malty with raisins and hops. Very good. Thanks Luc!
Lubiere (10695) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red brown copper ale with an alchohol and fruity aroma, wth strong floral hops notes. Sweet malt and floral hops, with strong notes of plums or prunes. More hops in final. Rich bodied with alcohol warmth coming well.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redbrown with beige head.
Alcoholic aroma with tones of amine and smoke.
Hoppy flavour with alcohol tones. Sweet with long bitterness.
Burt where is power. This is as weak as a toothless tiger. Truly a beginners barley. Barley wine should be no holds barred period
omhper (20444) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2004 Bottled, thanks marbles! Dark ruby, flat. Chocolatey and buttery nose. Very full bodied. The mouthfeel is bold and clumsy. Sweet, yet salty, raw and grainy. There’s loads of alcohol, and also loads of other flavour, but all is in a mess that I can’t sort out.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick pour, dark amber brown liquid, resilant light tan creamy head. Nose of cinnamon, dried fruit caramel and flowering hops. Front is sweet fruit, body is caramel fruit and finishes off with some hop bitterness. Tasty stuff.
jsquire (3637) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle. Very nice aroma of candi sugar and dried fruit. This beer gave a pleasant alcohol warmth. Flavors of dried fruit/raisens with some red wine and oak. It had a little sharpness to the pallet and seemed young, but still a very good barley wine.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown pour with a thick head. Aroma is just great with flavors of malt, flowers and alcohol. The taste was almost the same thing with a bit of caramel thrown in. The finish is full bodied with some pepper thrown in for good measure. These guys are good.
flemdawg (538) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown in color with an off white head that had some good lacing to it. Rasins and malts mainly in the aroma but with some subtle fruit notes as well. Alcohol was present but there were also the raisins from the nose. Also got some sweetness in there as well. Pretty good over all.