21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice deep golden brown color to it. Little head, especially the day after when i left half the pint open all night. A good mix of malts and hops in the aroma with a hint of a black twizzler in it. Lots of malts make up the body of the taste with a good amount of alcohol flavor. Slightly bitter, with hints of caramel and a few fruits and maybe even some spices. A nice barley wine, very big beer, why must almost all barleywines have the word old in the name.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body
is medium to dark amber. Aroma is
lightly malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of alcohol and dried mango/papaya. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very simple and faint aroma, not much going on at all. Good flavor balance and mouthfeel, though.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Somewhat sweet and syrupy. Not bad though. Some bitterness to back it up. A little too sweet. Huge malt backbone in this beer.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a small, off-white head. It has a nice malty sweet aroma with a touch of floral hops and a hint of licorice. Full bodied, thick, and rich, the flavor very malty with nutty undertones. The finish is balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness and has a slight vanilla aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden, not showing itself anywhere in the profile of this great beer. This one is very smooth and drinkable, probably one of the most drinkable barley wines I have had. Excellent!
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber/copper color with a light beige head. Fruity sweet aroma with a nip of alcohol. Fruity sweet flavor with a nice balance of hops to carry things through. Smooth body and alcohol starts to show. Just balanced and drinkable. An excellent cold night sip and enjoy barleywine.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red-brown hazy beer.
Flowery aroma with alcohol and chocolate tones. Tones of soil and malt. Fresh and hoppy.
Malty flavor with alcohol and bitter tones. Full sweet peppery flavor.
a bit leafy.
Like this one !!!
brian1233 (30) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew is great for hopheads. Orange-brown color with a white head. Pine needles and citrus in the aroma. Intense hop bitterness with the slightest malty flavor in the background. Full bodied. Pretty strong alcohol that’s not too evident in the taste.
argo0 (12496) - 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 (2628) - 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.