footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown brew,looks like a glass of cognac.clear with no cloudiness at all.Shouldn’t be drinking this so soon but...Still a little raw but has that wonderful aroma of an caramel liquor filled confection from Godiva.Very mellow for a barleywine.Just a little syrupiness but the flavor is not sickly sweetness but a fine blend of hops and malts that heldto smother some of the sweetness.Just not as complex as I prefer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma reminds me of port wine. Moderate alcohol warmth lingers on the tongue. A spicy hoppiness rounds out the finish.
abnerdawg (1) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. Excellent beer. Reddish Brown with great aroma. High Alcohol without overwhelming. Complex with a taste of caramel and dark fruits. Just put a case away for the winter and will have a hard time waiting!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (5882) - 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...
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.
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.
MullMan (1099) - New York, 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.
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?