belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is a good beer. Good strong malt aroma. Body is just the right blend of malt, bitterness, and alcohol. Hides 10% quite well, until you realize the bottle is empty.
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown in color with About a half inch of white, foamy head. Definitely a powerful brew. The 10% ABV is well hidden but you know it's there. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Well balanced with notes of heavy notes of pine and melon. Plum, raisins, and caramel are much more subdued. A very strong earthy bitterness comes out in the finish. It's a bit much for me but it didn't stop me from enjoying it.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick mouthfeel, highly compex and fruity taste. Very hoppy, especially in the finish. Sweet maltiness...this fits right in with the best of the West Coast.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A most excellent barleywine. Thanks to Belgianhomebrew for sharing. The aroma is very smooth with a hint of alchohol, that follows into the taste and drops off somewhere in the middle. The beginning is somewhat cheese in flavor, with some light hints of fruit. Medium bodied and very refreshing from beginning to end.
Andrew196 (1157) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(thanks to nstal for sending this one) Aroma was rediculous hops....this is purely a west coast style barleywine from start to finish, not much else to say, just read my ratings of avery hog heaven and old guardian. This one is the same recipe and falls somewhere in between.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium brown body with a slight amount of light tan lacing. sweet malt aroma with other evidence of alcohol and fruit. sweet tasting. lots of malt and alcohol. some fruit, caramel and hops (more sweet than hoppy).
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown to amber body with a thin but persistant white head. Some lacing.
Malts, sweetness and alcohol dominate the aroma. A little caramel. Some bread/yeast aromas as the beer warms.
Sweet malt and substantial hop flavor. Very enjoyable hop flavor indeed. Mellow but enough IBU's to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is there but well hidden.
Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little off white head w/ nice lacing over hazy deep amber body. Spicy and woody hop aromas w/ strong caramel malt to back it up; also alcohol as it warms and hints of fruitiness. Very malty w/a great hop bitterness to balance; very caramel and hop flavored w/ some alcohol and bready notes. Very, very thick & chewy but not cloying w/ an extremely full body just like the commercial deScription says. Subdued carbonation and warming m/f makes this a nice winter time sipper. I prefer English style to American, but this one's very good and I could drink a lot if the ABV weren't so high.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty and hoppy aromas. Body is thick and leaves nice, nearly clear, lacing behind. Flavors are intense - malts are smoked, bread, caramel, dirt and sweet; hops are strong, especially down the middle of the tongue; finish is woody, sticky and lingering. This is one fine barleywine.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy copper in color, with a slight, off-white lacing - light aroma of oak, hops and iced tea? - flavor is a blend of cherries and chocolate, with some hops arriving late, but there is a lack of complexity and/or balance - flavors diminish much too rapidly in the finish, except for bit of an acidic, metallic taste that is a little off-putting at times - a decent effort, with a decent flavor, but it just doesn't come together very well for me.