Silphium (3192) - 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 I’ve sampled, and lends a unique "leafy" character to Old Blarney. Delicious, even on a sunny, 86-degree spring day!
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown, copper in colour. Aroma was of sweet caramel malt, minor alcohol, and citrus hops. The flavour was quite sweet, thick texture, creamy mouthfeel, caramel malt and some hops. Finishes smooth with a mild bitterness and some alcohol. Thanks for sending this as an extra jeffc666.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich wood colour - somewhere between teak and mahogany perhaps. Very malty and sweet aromas with some fruit in there too....odd but I can't decide between oranges and apples? Alchohol evident as the sweet but subdued hoppy mouthfull finishes.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a caramel brown, settles a dark and thickly hazed golden-orangey brown color with a medium sized ivory fluffy froth. Lace sticks in inky webs at first but as it goes nearly no lace decides to stick. Notably strong twingey caramel/alcohol aroma at first but fades as it warms. Lushfully solid caramel nose with an alcoholic warmth and tone always sifting underneath. Notes of fresh banana, mango, orange, lingering dark dulled citrusy skins are favorably smokey within. Taste of darkened hard caramel candies, the caramel is very nice here, kinda dark or perhaps even scorched a little, not quite smooth, roughly edgy with some suppressed earthy tones in the hop backing. Nice touches of chocolate and butterscotch candies float around within and a moderate warmth and subdued burn along the way down keep it from being completely smooth and drinkable. Very light notes of fruit and citrus linger here and there. Feel is a bit hindered with a fluffy chalkyness, yet smooth and inviting smoothness continues to keep hold. Not an overly complex or beefy barleywine. Sits just right on a cold and windy March evening with a good load of malted caramel, something I'd have no problem having again.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark, reddish brown color with a small off white head and nice lacing. Hoppy, warming sweet malt aroma. Sweet caramel up front, then a strong hop bitterness and followed by a nipping alcohol burn. Thanks TAR!
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense alcohol comes on strong, but fades into a nice warming in the stomach. Smooth caramel and some cherry flavors, with a bitter hop finish make this a winner.
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date, but from dealing with the stores that I do, I know it's fresh. Fall 2003, let's call it.
Poured out a muddy, hazy brown color. Major chill haze here gang.
Not much head here, either. What head there was disappeared quickly, barely leaving a lacing down the sides of my snifter. Aromas are of yeast, mostly. Some caramel malts make a brief appearance in the nose, but the yeast is simply overpowering. Maybe they should consider filtering it. I'll digress. Not much in the hops department either, aroma-wise or flavor-wise. Decent enough mouthfeel, but nothing special here whatsoever. A mediocre barleywine at best. Get back to the drawing board, Moylans. Quick.
TheBeerGod (6025) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a reddish orange with a small tanned head. Nose is alcohol, and light hops. The taste was very citrusy but almost exclusively orange. The alcohol added some sweetness during the taste and finish. Not a bad beer but not a top of the line barley wine either.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(No vintage information seen – Guessing Fall ’03) A vigorous pour only musters a tiny tan head on this murky orange beer. The aroma is sweet with lots of apple juice (wtf?) and some caramel. No hop aroma detected. The flavor is alcohol with some sweet malt but it really falls hard and fast. The body is full and on first tasting, the body raised my hopes, but the flavors never really developed. The finishing flavors are sweet with a bit of hop bitterness. Moylan’s, again, disappoints. Why is that all of their beers just don’t quite cut it? Especially considering it’s the same company that makes the Marin beers while are typically quite good.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red color with a nice sized head. Aroma and flavor is dominated by caramel. Lacks the complexity of good barley wines. Decent thick body. Not terrible but not too impressed.