mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Super sweet. Cloying. Needs way more bittering hops to balance this beer. Very syrupy. (Note: Apparently my taste buds don't match the judges'--this beer took 5th place in the festival.)
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dominated by floral and malty smells. A little alcogol present. Flavor was balanced - not a lot of finishing hops compared to other BWs. More of an old ale or scotch ale.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There’s a slight hoppy aroma that can’t quite get past the vanilla lethal alcohol smell. It pours a beautiful dark magenta with a head that starts big and sticks around the edges over time. The taste is the one thing that I can’t get past. It is a bit one dimensional. There is a big hop presence, but it can’t stand up to the alcohol. Perhaps aging this another year would even this out. It is definitely on my list for a rerate in a year, if I can find another bottle to cellar, although, I can’t find a vintage on the bottle, so who knows when it’s from.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A deep mahogany color with a wonderfully creamy light-brown head that left a trail all down the glass. Sticky sweet body. The aroma is fruit filled with pineapple, raisins, and plums. Sweet malts and caramel provide the foundation.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. A milder flavor and taste to this barleywine. Its not one of those smash you in the taste buds with a mallet style barleywine, it more subtle and mellow. Malty with a very definite chocolate, coffee and caramel flavor, there is also a bit of pineapple and fruit. Nice flavor, and hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear, reddish brown colored, long lasting head. an average barleywine
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, bold look, but unimpressive head. Deep fruit malty aroma is predictable, but there’s a also a zippy hoppiness, with red pepper spice and mustiness. Thick malty palate, chocolaty, smooth, creamy. Nice hop bite in the finish that does an excellent and controlled balancing job. For such a heavy ale there seems to be an appetizing freshness about it.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Bottle probably year old. As soon as we opened the bottle you can smell a very intriguing pinapple aroma. Very dark mahogianish appearance. Thick creamy head tha eventually subsides to a mess. Excellent balance of juicy sweet and fruity aromas(chocolate, pinapples,toffee.) The taste is Very well balanced with the sweet and crisp hop bitterness. As it warms it tastes like the best warm cough medicine because of the alcohol content. Loses flavor the longer it takes you to drink it but still very drinkable.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby. Sweet malt and a touch of hops in the nose. Oily, nutty, rich in malty and finishes hoppy. Nice barley wine.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) ’02: Light bread/grain aroma, good sized head on a red-brown body. A very mellow barleywine in both the malts and hops.