shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 2003 vintage. Deep brown color with tons of bubbles and a thin head. Very rich aroma. Flavor is smooth and well rounded. Tastes like it has aged and mellowed quite nicely. I really liked this.
RERATE: 2004 bottle. 2 years old. Deep brown/red color. The head of tight white bubbles only appears briefly with a vigorous pour. Aroma is huge; dark fruit, alcohol, sweet candi, a little sour. I love to smell this beer. The flavor is intense and mellow at the same time. The body is just about right. This is definitely an english style barleywine and a delicious one at that.
2004 bottle consumed in 2008 aged. The pour reveals that there is minimal carbonation left. The head consists of only one or two clumps of tiny bubbles. Aroma is incredibly rich and carmelly. There is some alcohol, but its not aggressive or offensive. Really sophisticated beer. 8/3/8/5/18
2004 Bottle consumed 2/12/09 over 4 years old. The beautiful malts of the 2004 vintage have held up fantastically. I really loved this year. Itís smooth and easy to drink compared to the newer hotter brewings. Bring back to 2004 recipe!!!! 6/4/8/5/17
2004 Bottle consumed Jan 2010. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol in the nose and the caramel has reduced. Iím worried that too much age is a real possibility. The flavors have thinned and flattened out. There isnít much life left. 2 years old was probably ideal.
2006 vintage consumed 11/06: Brown color with a ring and spotty drabs of head. Aroma is malty and actually whiskeyish. Flavor is alcoholic and much like whisky. This needs time. A lot of time. 6/3/7/4/17.
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2008 Bottle: Nice sweet aroma. Caramel, raisin, toffee, fruit, banana bread, whiskey and light alcohol. Pours a dark brown with some orange hilights.
Almost no head. Basically a white ring around the edges. Sweet and malty with a raisin apple finish. Nice alcohol warming affect. LIght hops in the finish. Going to sit on a few of these for a while. 9-4-7-4-15
Sample this again on 11-9-05 and 8 months has really made a difference. Nose is about the same with some added chocolate and less whiskey. Large off-white head this time that lasts for a minute or so. Flavor has changed significantly. Chocolate and caramel are the leading flavors. Light raisin is still there with some other fruits, but absolutely no apple. Alcohol warmth is still there, but much more subdued than my initial sample. More carbonation this time. Finishes with some light bitterness that was not there last time. Outside of aroma, seems like a completely different beer than I remember. Excellent. 9-4-8-4-18
04’ Bottle sampled 10/29/08: Excellent aroma with lots of chocolate/cocoa, caramel, whiskey, and a hint of alcohol. It pours a bright transparent orangish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a big dose of chocolate that turns to moderate caramel. The finish has a hint of fruit and faint whiskey. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Full bodied with a soft and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. It just gets better and better with age. 9-4-9-4-19
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with a beige head. The taste is very sweet with notes of caramel and raisins. Finishes dry with nutty notes. Has a warming alcohol sharpness. Very nice brew.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Darker brown with a deep ruby tinge. Thin off white head settles quickly. Sweet malt aroma and caramel with subtle hop undertones. At first glance a rather ugly beer, but the more I stare- there is something indiscernably appealing in its appearance. Truly picturesque. Like Iím looking at an artists conception of a beer. Or Iím just very thirsty. Taste matches the aroma, although in reverse order with a clean dry finish. Hops more present in taste than in aroma. Big smooth body. Nothing alcoholic about this 11.4% brew. I love a good barley wine- this is a good barley wine. Have to buy more to lay down.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red-brown colour with a medium baige head. Sweet spicy malty raisin light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 vintage... Poured an amber brown color with a mediium lasting head. Spicy aroma with a malty sweet flavor of Bananas, Figs, and Raisins and a heavy flavor of Brandy. Nice thick mouthfeel and well balanced.. Much different from any other Barleywine I have tasted but very good!
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine.
joergen (25383) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red colour with a small beige head.
Spicy aroma with notes of bananas and alcohol.
Powerful sweet spicy flavour with notes of alcohol and bananas.
Good barley wine.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. To begin with this is one sensational Barleywine from NC. Pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color, but maintains only a very thin whispy head. Luscious, rich aromas of brandy, dark rum, plum, raisin, fig and caramel. Flavors of aformentioned dark fruits, cherry, oak and chocolate just completely overtake oneís taste receptors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and chewy. Alcohol level is exceptionally well balanced and certainly enhances the aromas and flavors enjoyed here. If you can find this, give it a try. Definitely a winner!
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
04 bottle pours red with a brown tint and a thinner tan orange head that is more tan than orange. aroma is lighter than expected notes of lawn clippings and pineapple and a butload of sweetness and diesel fuel. whoa slow down there cowboy this is a sipper. the first taste was a bit much it made me cringe. but the rum like plum flavors came through on the second taste. wow the bitterness bleedss through this but it is still cloying. a medicinal taste remains with this. christwagons this is raw. note to self age this fucker. but it should be interesting to compare notes down the line. i can taste a doughy raisin something that is angry, not as angry as me, but angry nonetheless. damn this is potent. i have learned that elvis costello and barleywines donít mix. both are good on their own but donít fit the same room. damn the harsh flavors makes me want to kick a kid in a wheel chair. twice.