argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish orange body with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, orange and cherry. Until it warms, taste is sweet and malty at first, not much in the middle. The swallow and aftertaste is a bit off -- in addition to the hoppy bitter and alcohol-burn finish, there’s an unpleasant astringency. As the beer warms to room temperature, the richness shows itself, and the texture becomes syrupy. Becomes what you expect from a barleywine -- strong, very malty, and very hoppy/pine (also in the aroma) bitter. The astringency leaves as well. Next time, I won’t even bother to refrigerate.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2003 ethnically colored covered in bleach yellow...cherry cream, tart raspberry slurpy...could be creamier though...alcohol too pronounced, not bad at all but an increased creaminess could have made it more subdued...cascadey/bitter grapefruit presence in the finish...
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Bottle. Beer #600. A brown mahogany color with a creamy light brown head that laced in silky sheets. Caramel, malts, apples, fresh cut grass, and alcohol live in the nose. Slick and smooth on the palate. Not complex enough to really compete with the best. Re-Rate Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival of the 2001 vintage. A cooper color with an off-white head. A light perfumy aroma, some cool spice in the aftertaste. A sweet champagne aroma with light fruits.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citus aroma,brown orange color, fresh pine-citrus hoppy flavor,alot of hops in this barley wine, but still very balanced, really good.
omhper (18324) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, year unknown. Pours thick and mahogany coloured with no head. Orangey nose. Very malty and very sweet. The finish is drier and nicely hop aromatic with lingering bitterness.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy cherry red color with a frothy, beige head. Rich, creamy, sweet Carmel/cherry flavor. The 10% ABV is well hidden, but makes it’s self-known. Awesome barley wine.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage. Dark brown color, medium head. A massive barleywine. Intense malt flavor, definite hop bite. Full bodied. Intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and malty. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Not much of an alcohol bite despite being 10% by volume. Nice beer.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice Barleywine. One of the best ive had. ten times better than Sierra Nevadas bigfoot.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious and a much fuller and interesting beer than the Double IPA which is also excellent and also about 10.5% ABV. Grassy, green and slick like oil, with tobacco pepper on the back braced strongly by a hearty, light-medium effervescent malt backbone.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red color.Creamy, LACEY,head.Aromas of earthy,grapefruit,hops. The alcohol vapors are slightly hidden by the huge rich malt aromas.The taste almost has a cappucino like creaminess.Great balance with the hops and malts. The tounge is all toffe,nuts,and very slight alcohol.The finish is very moderately,intriguingly, bitter. The flavors go from one thing to the other.Very full of flavor.Will save one for a couple years to taste it stripped down.