cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 bottle. Rich, dark and strong. Aroma is that of raisins soaked in rum, coated in dark cane sugar and laid out in the sun. Tasty blend of malty goodness, port wine and subtle licorice. Sticky mouthfeel. Lasting swirls of head. Would like to do a vertical tasting of this sometime and am interested in sampling other vintages for sure.
OldGrowth (2341) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2002 vintage: Good nose though not overwhelming. Brandy, licorice,carmel/molasses. Great brownish red color(how many ways to say amber?) Quick bitter start with a roasted molasses flavor with a warming smooth, kinda creamy, syrupy bitter finish. Love the guys(I use the term generically) from Northcoast.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 limited bottling: This reminded me more of a bad summer seasonal than a barleywine. Still, the alcohol flavor was well masked. They now just need to mask the flavor.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper with an orange head. Fruity aroma (prunes) with some roast, chocolate, and toast. Sweet alost syrupy with a licorice/roast/burtn toast finish. Very light biterness. Alcohol burns as strawberries and earthiness lingers. Pretty fantastic stuff.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2001 sampled on 4/4/2004: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bready complex oxidized caramel malt. Body has a nice, thick sweetness to it and goes down very smoothly with some hoppy bite still noticeable. This has aged very well and turned into a classic barleywine.
2001 sampled on 8/14/2003: Very complex, heavy aroma of dark fruit, licorice, caramel and hops. Medium to dark brown in color with an average-sized tan colored head. Starts sweet, almost syrupy with good malty complexity. Very smooth, but with a strong alcoholic finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. A good barleywine, but a bit too strong and not as drinkable as some others I've had.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 2002 Vintage - Dark red with a small off-white head and good lacing. Wonderful tawny port aromas. Superb flavors. Very complex. Alcohol is masked very well. Flavors become even more complex as it warms up. Very full bodied with soft carbonation. This is an excellent barleywine. [Update] Tried another one and this beer deserves a higher rating. This is the best barleywine I have had.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 #150: 2002 Vintage. Color: Garnet brown with a quickly evaporating energetic tan head. Aroma: sweet and syrupy with touches of malt, wood and a strong alcoholic bite. It's a creeper. Light, woody flavor that opens up into a robust roasted malt taste, then leaves you with the afterburn of alcohol. This would be great with a nice steak or bar-be-que. It will age really well, I think.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 2000 bottle.nice dark red color wit lots of carbonation.There was a presence of alcohol which gave u that warm fuzzy feeling in ur belly.Overall this was a preety good brew and would reccomend itJust had the 2006 and WOW what a brew.Way different than my original.Dark fruits and caramel are present.The warming was slight.Great beer.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 bottling; mid-July 2002 tasting notes. Not very exciting. Age did not help; was big and boozy ~ mid-2000. Big alcohol burn and some vanilla notes…. why do I keep thinking “mediciney”? Sure was fun to drink though (“…take your medicine”). Oooooffff.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage. Reddish brown color. You can catch a buzz just from the aroma. Lots of malt, brown sugar, cookie dough and dried fruit to bracket the alcohol. Full bodied taste, like a dessert wine; wonderfully complex. Warming finish and soothing aftertaste. Will try again in one year and try to pick out any changes.