Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2004. Dark amber body with a thin film of bubbles for a head. Nice round flavor-good amount of hops (bith bitter and aroma), slight banana, cherry, caramel, wood, alcohol, dried fruit, and some slight chocolate. The mouth feel is very full. The only major problem that I can taste is that the flavor is slightly metallic. Very dry warm finish. A great example of an AMerican BW.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark golden brown body with off-white head. The aroma is sweet like cherries and "dadler". A round and strong flavor, with hints of sweet wildberries. A little too "ensidig", and the taste of alc is a bit dominating! I normally love US barley wines, but this particular one is too borring and doll. When i drink barley i want a kick in the head, and 100s of flavors to attac every inch of my bloody body!
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured out with a mahogany body with a tall light tan head that peaked from the top of the glass. The head stays around for a while and leaves lace that slowly slides back down to its creator. After being poured a light sweet fruity smell comes from the glass being accompanied by caramel a slight alcohol scent. Caramel covered fruity sweetness meets your lips with the first sip. A bit of hop bittering provides a nice balance as the finish is quite warming with a slight alcohol sting on the tip on the tongue. Some chocolate notes were also detected as this warmed as was a stronger alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was creamy and chewy at times with an almost full body. Drinkability was good, as I could have had another one after this if I wasn’t going to bed afterwards. Great ale here that I recommend to anyone to try.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2004) pours reddish mahogany, small fizzly off-white head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. Nutty aroma, malty, with notes of apples and figs. Noticable alcohol as well. Subtle hop bite with a mild malt forefront. Dark pitted fruit as well as some apple skin on the tongue. Very smooth for a 11.4% example. Mild body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more hop bite, light malts, sweet, with figs, dark cherries, & alcohol lingering. This is one to look forward too each Winter.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Dark brown and slightly hazy with red highlites under a thin beige head. Plenty of sweet dark fruits and toffee in the aroma along with healthy malt. Satisfying flavors of grapes, brown sugar, pear, malt and alcohol. Warming finish that leads easily into the next sip. I had a 2003 bottle and stashed another couple away for next year.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 edition. Lovely aroma of figs, lots of sweetness, dried dark fruits, some melon. Pours a hazy dark red to browinsh body, small tannish head. Nice sweet flavor, candied sugar, good alchol burn and ends rather dry. Very nice barley wine. Thanks a bunch to Dorwart for trading me this gem!
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft 2002 version. Poured a dark cloudy color with no head. Strong fruit smell with an heavy aroma of peach. A nice cold nite warm you up beer.
Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a big one. Nose drips with thick, pungent fruit, molasses, pine and a small hint of chocolate. Clear brown amber in the glass with about fifteen or twenty minutes worth of head--four oz or so if you’re taking your time. Hop bite comes up front and smooths to a big, syrupy mouthfull of fruit which in turn fades to unashamed alcohol and earthy hop bitterness. Definitely harsh around the edges. Some aging would hopefully tame this but as it is, it’s a slow sipper that needs some getting used to before you can explore the full range of it’s flavors.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid barley wine. Dark ruby, cloudy body with a small off-white head. Great fruity, grape, wine aroma. Very smooth berry/fruity taste. Alcohol bite. Strong malty finish. Enjoyable beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: a brilliantly ruby reddish hue, with a darkish head that dies down immediately.
Aroma: dazzling! full of dark fruits (cherries, berries, grapes), and wine, port, cognac... a very evident alcoholic component!
Big hops, big malt, big booze: that’s the basic lineup, but when it all tastes so good, who could want anything else
A sweet, syrupy characteristic shines through the mouthfeel...the fruit and the booze (brandyish) totally dominates the overall texture.
One thoroughly decadent ale, and a truly stand-out examples of a barleywine.