cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.
madsberg (9653) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2003. Fantastic Barleywine. Pours a deep brownish read with a short-lived off white head. Aroma is malty and of dark fruit. Taste is of currants, plum, and molasses. Tons of malt and good hops here.Sweet/Syrupy-very complex-there’s a lot going on with this brew. Gets better as it warms, has a warming wintery effect but is great in August too. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Alcohol content is present but not overpowering. Highly recommended.
jonas (5484) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage at Akkurat
I mostly get marzipan, dark chocolate and nuts in the aroma.
Hazy brown coloration.
Flavors of chocolate, wood, cognac raisins and plums and tons of stuff I forgot to write down.
A slight burn in the end.
Definetely a barleywine I would love to re-rate with a bit more time on my hands...
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Amber-brown color, very thin head. Great aroma of caramel and alcohol. Amazing flavor of butterscotch and alcohol. Full body, warm mouthfeel. This one is quite young for a barley wine, but still it’s amazing, I can just think of what it’ll be like in five years.
woodduck (5) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild aroma. Small quickly disappearing head. Deep red-amber color. Flavor is very much like sherry and oak. Moderate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: Pours deep amber/light brown with little head...thick and smooth taste...viscous over the tongue with malt and caramel...prunes...alcohol, but very viscous and smooth...finishes with a nice sweetness on the sides of the tongue...oh yeah, did I say viscous?
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tan-goldenish head that went kinda quick, leaving an insane spider web pattern on top. cloudy rusty brownish color, ruby at center and more gold at edges of glass. strong vinuous, raisin notes. medium carbonation, malt flavor and strong alcohol (11.4%!) spicy aclohol burn finish. peaty flavor and whiskey/bourbon. alcohol burn aftertaste.