Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet,demerara (bit sticky); dark amber; caramelly, marshmallowy; decent brew.
argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice aroma. Alcohol sweet blends nicely with the maltiness. Healthy mix of the two, with decent hops to complement. Goes down tremendously well.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage ’01 (Presumably). Shimmering clear copper with a thin light tan edge head. Slow carbonation. Aroma of English hops, syrupy fruits, estery alcohol and plastic coated caramel. First sip is...intriguing. Mellow body, medium thick with medicinal notes. Loaded with English hops and fruity alcohol. Not very soft or easy on the palate. Immediate alcohol burn in the throat and stomach, but not harsh. Malts are smothered beneath. Sticky and cloying, warm. English style all the way. Going to chill for 1 hour. Zero yeast sediment. Faint increase in caramelized malts with an earthy hop bitterness. This is much better colder. Finishes a bit sweeter and more palatable with a richness and less medicinal aspects. Overall though this is disappointing, considering the source.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep garnet, the head is large, frothy and long lasting, the lace clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is earthy, malt laden, very ripe pineapple, or maybe better yet ’Bazooka Bubble Gummy’. Front is lightly malt sweet, the top is medium, the finish is nicely hopped, the ABV shows through to warm the ’Tummy’, dry, acidic, and one fine ’Barley Wine’.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, thick barley wine with a nice malty flavor. Another of a series of excellent American barley wines.
TAR (2391) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 No vintage date: Thin ring of lacey foam. Stellar aroma of Columbus, prunes, pineapple, jam, and underlying chocolate/toffee. Alcohol provides a very warm edge; acidic; substantial bitterness. The complex aroma delivered nicely. Brendan Moylan was definitely at work here in this masterfully made elixir. Snacked on a slice of quality cheese cake and it was wonderful. A semi-complex English style barleywine.