hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Clear, copper-colored ale. Small, off-white head.
The nose is rich and fruity with tons of malt and warm alcohol. Hints of maple syrup.
The flavor is of dates, caramel and toffee.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Astringent finish.
World class beer!
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2004 Good call from the reviewer below about the apricot. This one is not my favorite. I like Old Foghorn and Avery Hog Heaven much better. This one is a bit too syrupy and harsh in the finish.
Still on the same beer but it keeps getting better. I marked it just a bit more. Rererate: Better than I remember. Creamy. Peach and apricot come to mind.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely. I often think that despite the complexity of barleywines that many (U.S, mostly) can be on the brash side. This approched me in a sophisticated manner, took my pallette and quietly introduced me to the members in residence. Apricot& plum shook hands first and led me to meet the flattering bitterness that only left the ABV lingering way, way back at the finish line. Very impressed by the lot. They took fabulous care of me and made sure I had a good time through the whole experience. As they warmed I was only happier to be surrounded by their utter care and hospitality. I hope to share company again.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from moylan's in california, to 'fly' in texas, onward to 'joet' and chicago and me-- the summer gathering--and finally to my muy tranquillo casa, this beer has soaked up many positive vibrations that lend it a veritable halo as i bend back the crown top. a beautiful bronzed ochre stallion of a pour, like back-lit crystals of brown sugar, it trots into a goblet with an equestrian clop clop clop of assurance and grace. a creamy bloom of sparrow colored foam is highly given to uninhibited lacing: scattered dots of white like a field of alaskan cotton grass. aroma is a willie wonka factory (of caramels rather than chocolate) resplendent in nutty, leather, and woody tones, all drenched in orange-lime, toffee and honey; and all indeed egged on by highly influential alcohol-- it spirals out of the glass like an olfactory maelstrom. at 10%, it's got teeth like a tiger shark; and cakey- butterscotch malts that are an austrian baker's heaven. sweet orange flavors are so well enunciated, i figure that i'm getting a reasonable dose of vitamin c. hops strike upfront with authority, but taper off precipitously, leaving a finish of equal sweetness and bitterness, like so many of life's memorable experiences. the buzz was first rate, aiding both maudlin and lighthearted reflection: i found i could suddenly remember the smell of a girl's hair that i had a crush on in the twelth grade, and yet at nearly the same time i remembered the icy cobalt light through stained glass window in the cathedral at chartres. you don't get that from a budweiser, aye? great thanx to fly.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 very hoppy, good barley wine, reminds me why i love them, i have immersed into belgians lately, its great to get a buzz and jolt out of a nice barley wine like this, hoppy, sweet, spicy, everything a beer should be
i just tried the cask version of this at the brewery/restaurant, and this thing is a totally dif creature when served this way.. ingrediants were less prominant and more complex of a drink than the bottled version, very very nice both ways!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark, hazy amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was a little too citrusy...overly dominating all other aspects...some sweet malt, caramel, wood. The flavor was a little more rounded...grapefruit, caramel, wood, sweet malt background. Thick syrupy feel, but with a lively carbonation.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barleywine pours thick and easy. It fills the glass with a hazy, garnet colored splendor giving rise to a full and rocky tan head which pleases me. I'm wooed by the aroma - sweet and full of heavenly malts, cookies, hops and primrose. The first sip wins me over with suggestions of caramel, dried apricots, honey and floral hops. It fills my mouth with a substantial body and light carbonation, delightfully masking the high alcohol content. I am overcome and now quite spent by the experience. The finish is sweet - a little too sweet - and lingers like the girlfriend who just won't leave when you've had enough. Yet still, I know in my heart, I'll invite this brew back another evening...
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber body with a nice even clingy head, tightly packed an visually appealing. nicely toasted barley nose with PLenty of alcohol, a hint of yeastiness. pretty damn bitter, a bit young perhaps, not enough malt to back up the assertiveness.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick red copper color with a nice off-white lacing head. Strong caramel malt and bittering hop aroma. Flavors include toffee and molasses. Well rounded, with a good balance of crystal malty sweetness and floral hoppy bitterness. Finishes dry and semi-sweet, a very good barleywine.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suitably intense aroma, lots of sugary caramel malt sweetness, pineapple, cherry, orange and mightily spicy, citrusy and piney hops infused throughout with peppery alcohol. Medium garnet color, slightly hazy and sedimented, with a delicate, off-white ring of a head. Flavor profile begins with a touch of caramel and brown sugar sweetness before becoming substantially bitter and hoppy, with plenty of pine and spice. Fruity, dry, alcoholic finish. Very West Coast in the hop department and would likely benefit from further cellaring.