aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A downright gorgeous dark ruby body glows in the light. The yellowish tan head forms easily, but soon fades. The fading head is a bit of a disapointment, but what a gorgeous color the body is. The aroma is thickly malty with occassional whiffs of milk chocolate. Thereís a hop bitterness that tingles the sinuses a bit, but itís held in check to be a balancing note instead of overly dominate. The malt alternates between bread and that phantom chocolate with streaks of hop bitterness to break it up. A good bit of oak comes through toward the late middle. Awesome barleywine.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a vintage 2001 bottle, bought and enjoyed in September of 2004. It poured a dark orange/brown color with a thin but sustained tan head. The aroma, spicy and nutty with sweet malt rising to the top. Strong alcohol presence in this thick drink, but the heaviness of the sweet mouth-feel made it slide down easily. Nice warm finish. Also left my lips & moustach quite sticky. Good drink.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought in Dec. 2003, sampled in Sept.
2004. Murky dark amber color with a small tan head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Very sweet malt flavor with notes of molasses and dark fruits. Thick
mouthfeel, almost like chewing instead
of drinking. Nice warming alcohol finish.
Much better after being cellared for 9
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage Bottle 2003, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty, clear, deep ruby color and is topped by an amber-tan creamy head. The aroma is heady with rich notes of malt, caramel, malt extract. The malt aromas are accentuated by hoppy notes of citrus, apricot, and orange. The taste is full and sweet, and it coats my mouth in a fruity accompaniment that is caused by a marriage of citrusy hop notes and dark fruit malt notes. This is pretty tasty, with notes of plum, raisins, citrus, pine, sherry, leather, and caramel. This beer is a good example of the Barley Wine style, it is perhaps weighted towards the hop end of the scale, but not so much that you canít easily pick out the rich notes that the malts bring to this beer.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
HUGE, thick, golden-amber hued head that stays nice and long. A sweet aroma with elements of cinnamon, citrus and mixed fruit. This ale is seriously fun to drink. It tingles the tongue and fills the sinuses with a nice touch of alcohol. Hops are all over the place ans itís warm and sticky in the mouth. Iím down.
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Bottled, 2003 edition. What can I add to these raves? Itís just some kind of mad beer. Pours a "bright" brown that doesnít make you think of barley wine just yet. Nice tan head on top. Mouthfeel is sticky, even for a barleywine, and rough like a buckwheat honey. This is full of rough edges, yet I wanted to savor every one of them. Couldnít figure the malt presence, but toward the end of the sample, my upper lip was curled slightly inward.
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red, crystal clear liquid was topped with a small foamy head that did not last. The aroma was sweet and malty with honey, raisin, cherry, and vanilla notes. The taste was rich, with warm alcohol reminiscent of port wine or rum, buttery toffee, roasted nuts, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was dry and roasty with a distracting peppery alcohol afterburn. The aftertaste is also quite bitter. This is definitely an after dinner sipping beer.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish.
IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark ruby body with some cloudiness. Off-white head is gone in no time leaving behind just a few swirls of milky way. One sniff tells you everything. Powerful, sweet malt, grapes, alcohol, peach and lightly of wheat. Taste is strong and relatively thick for this style. Lots of grape, raisin flavors with intense malt matched by a very heavy roasted hop/coffee presence, alcohol, corn and a sweet finish. Its an excellent beer with a large dose of wonderful flavors but the overall palate is not as smooth/balanced as it would need to consider this a perfect beer. Also a short taste. This style usually lasts longer on the palate.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2002. Clear dark crimson with a good head that goes away quickly and some lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Very malt raisin and plum flavors with an alcohol burn. Besides the burn it is very smooth for a 11.4%abv beer.