TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid appearance pouring an orange/amber color with a big off white head that is well retained. Big aroma of toffee, licorice, alcohol, and hops. Mouth filling flavors of caramel, grapefruit, malt, hops, and alcohol. This is very good.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brown color and a thin head. Nice aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Powerfull flavors of caramel, malt and hops. Very good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man, check this one out. Pretty darn good if you ask me. Malty sweet in the nose and taste with that same kick of sharp hops present in both. One of the better barley wines that I have had.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with nice beige head. Pleasant aroma. Malt, sweet, fruity, perfumy. Good texture. Rich and almost syrupy. Flavor was somewhat sweet with a hint of smoke and scotch whiskey.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initial alcohol aroma dissipates leaving caramelcaramel, burnt toffee and strong grapefruit-citrus hops. Cloudy, light brown with yeast in suspension. Light tan head recedes with decent lace to thick cover. Orange-citrus, pine hops dominate a thick, sweet malty flavour. Lasting bitterness in the long, dry finish. Smooth, thick and creamy - it coats the insides of your mouth. A nice bite from the bitterness toward the end. Overall, I find this one to be a bit too unbalanced to be truly great, but the elements are certainly there. Itís just plain over-hopped. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere).
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopsrus for sending this a while ago! Bottle-conditioned, medium to deep brown body, very cloudy with a low light brown head. Aroma is intensely hoppy, grapefruity, lemony. Hops hide most of the rest. Definitely west coast in mouth too, huge cascade grapefruity hops, resinous, piney and quite overwhelming actually. A hint of caramel is noticeable, but it feels like the hops keep it from expressing its glory. Very bitter dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, very interesting, with a perfect amount of carbonation and feeling not unlike a fudge bar that melts in the mouth. Looks ainít everything!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red brown. Nice nose, pine and citric hops assert themselves, also a bit of caramel sweetness as a balance. Malts upfront are OK, some toffee there, but fades a bit. Hops come on nicely, good kick, nice bitterness. Not bad at all.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has a beautiful ruby brown body with a light khaki head that explodes out of the bottle. Irritation from having to wait to let it settle keeps this from getting a 5 on appearance. The aroma is malty, with a good bit of piney hops. The flavor is caramel apples supported by a firm bitterness. The malts are soft and the hops are metallicly hard, which actually makes for a nice contrast. The burps come up like creosote, though.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big caramel aroma, with hints of pine and citrus. a hazy copper color with a creamy head. taste of caramel and fruit. very smooth and creamy. ending in a slight hop bitternes.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ruddy orange-red-brown beer is punctuated by an aroma of piney hops, sweet burnt caramel, and toast. A very slight off-white head developed after the pour. The very thick, syrupy body lends a surprisingly unique flavor of sugary caramels, toast, and earthy/grassy hops. Also classic grapefruit and pine. The earthy/toasty aspect is more pronounced in this beer than in other barleywines Iíve sampled, and lends a unique "leafy" character to Old Blarney. Delicious, even on a sunny, 86-degree spring day!