Bumhoolery (1) - USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 ed. Very pleasant aroma, deep reddish tint, but I just didnít dig this. Not very hoppy, sweet and nutty, but the flavor doesnít come through too strongly through all the alcohol. Not bad, but not worth the price.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 (on bottle 2004 edit.) On the good side, this beer proves that I still have ground to cover in turms of tastes. This one was too hefty for me, way overmuch. Mahogony color and a small, lasting beige head. Hoppy , very; nose, with notes of wallnuts, earth, chocolate and alcohol- A very powerfull, allmost cognac-ish alcoholic a bit too high carbonation. Finish is lightly burning and with impressions of calvados(me donīt like calvados), wood and chocolates. Way to big and alcohol-flavoured -filled beer for me.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish colour with a small light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with some oak and plum, clear alcohol notes. Nice flavor with a good balance between the fruity sweetness and the alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Thanks JCapriotti for this one. Vintage 2001. Aroma has sour red grapes, rhubarb, and fermented caramel and butterscotch undertones. Hint of cognac-ness to it. I wish it was stronger in aroma. Very light. Murky mahogany color. Thin non-existent head. Malty and oaken flavor, toasted malts, black raisins, Bing cherries. I donít notice the alcohol at all, which is nice, given itís 11.4%. Flavor is nice given this is supposed to be a moderate % barley wine. Damn, I could use a cigar right now. If it werenít 50 degrees out... Palate leave a sweetness but it goes down smoothly. Well, I broke down after the rating and busted out a Hemingway Short Story to go along with this beer. It matches VERY nicely. 8,4,8,4,16=4.0
2003 sampled in 2009. Pours to a really dark garnet body with a thin ring off-beige head. The body looks viscous with a slow carbonation. The aroma is really caramelized toffee and nougat. Ferraro Rocher candies. Rich complexity. The flavor is a really rich caramelized toffee. Lingering aged hops (no flaws). Notes of cashew brittle and molasses. The palate is rich and coating but doesnít get overly stick and has a nice "chewy" texture. Absolutely amazing!
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured a hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Sweet malty aroma, with touches of hazelnut. Taste is sweet malt with a slight alcohol twinge, with a nutty character in the finish. Thick syrupy body. Nice barley wine.
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle-2 years old then. Definietly mellowed out over time. Pours a dark dark red, with a tan head which all but disappears. caramel, alcohol aroma. taste is a caramel malt background, pretty dry though. alcohol in the finish, but barely any hops. maybe its because I just drank a rogue IIPA, but I cant really taste the hops in here. nonetheless, a nice smooth mouthfeel.. dry, and a very tasty barleywine.
PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Ale. Very high alcohol content so it leaves you feeling very warm inside. Smells like caramel, malts and butterscotch. I really enjoyed this selection of Barleywine. Will age quite nicely.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a 12 ounce bottle, I am not sure which year it is from. Pours a red amber with an off white head. Similar appearance to the Old Numbskull. Smells like caramel, malts, candy apple and butterscotch. Taste has all of those qualities plus white wine. It is more malty then it is hoppy. Certainly a nice Barley Wine.
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding aroma. Calvados, light hops, white wine. Red. The beer is highly carbonated, and there is a large head that is gone in seconds. Strange flavor. Very dry for a barleywine. There is some underlying sweetness, dirt, some hops, and lots of bread. It seemed like something was off with this 2003 bottle, but I purchased it at a fine store, and stored in a cool basement for a few months; and the cap was on tightly, so I donít know what went wrong. Heavy and a serious alcohol kick. I will try a fresher bottle, but even with some flaws it is a fine beer.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a dark cloudy caramel amber with a thick dense light tan head. Terrific smells of caramel toffee, butterscotch, apples and alcohol.
Flavor is sharp, green even. Woody and earthy. Quite strong alcohol taste. So much that it puts me off a bit. Malty and not much hops. A finish of sediment or unfiltered. I may get a couple and cellar them for a while and compare notes then.