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 (1491) - 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.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2002: Dark burgundy appearance. Big frothy brown head. Robust aroma of plums, cedar, red grapes, and mandarin oranges. Extremely thick and syrupy, hard to swallow it’s so damn thick. Amazingly complex. Combined flavors of port, honey and brown sugar under a big hoppy plum profile. Even being somewhat new and unaged I thought it was wonderful. Having a 2 year aged bottle of the 2002 presents a more syrupy, stuffy and thick barley wine that, when compared side-by-side with Bigfoot (1 year aged) and Batch 6000 (1 year aged) it comes up in third and last place.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 2002 bottle consumed 7/2003 This was my first experience with a newborn barley wine. It goes without saying that it needs cellaring.
Color is a deep ruby red mixed with mahogany. Strong perfume like aroma due to the high alcohol with plenty of sweet caramel notes.
Huge sweet caramel malt taste up front that evens out slightly as it transitions into a full body with tons of more malted barley. Finish is most complex and therein lies the potential of this beer. Brandy and caramelized sugar notes abound, while some rich butter toffee notes linger. Leaves a bitter/grainy almost scotch malt flavor for an aftertaste. This barley wine was lacking on hops compared to some of the other upper tier barleys. This is not at all a bad thing, as it certainly gives Old Stock a unique flavor, which is a must in this category (though I wouldnt mind some hops). There is little point in drinking this beer newly bottled, and it is close to cloying, as expected. I will rate on potential, of which this beer seems to have alot. I expect good things from the many bottles I am cellaring. 2002 bottle consumed 12/20/03. Well it’s been sitting in cellar for a while now, almost a year. Much improved. Cloyingness is almost nonexistent. Great velvety lush mouthfeel. Wonderful complexity. This is aging beautifully and will probably improve for another some years.
2003 bottle sampled 10/04. Wow. this is hard to finish. Incredible alcohol apparency and big dry malt, but still the flavor is there, it’s quite the sipper. I already know it needs more time to even out so I’m not too distressed about the difficulty with this one.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a clear burgundy body topped by a medium thick tan head that disappears rather quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. Sweet malty aroma with a wonderful molasses/toffee background and a touch of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with toffee and molasses notes, a touch of fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. Full bodied, smooth, slightly tingly on the tongue and warming.
BBB63 (5966) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 RERATE 2007 Bottle at Blind Barleywine tasting:
Nose was weaker missing the vinous nature of an aged bottle. Palate was also weaker and thinner than I hoped. AR -1, AP +1, PA -1, OVERALL -2. I prefer an 2-3 year old bottle everytime.
Original Review (3.7), 2001 bottle: Murky, earthy brown hue, the white head died quickly. Raisin, woody, sherry like aroma when undertones of sweet malts and yeast. Initially comes on very sweet and fruity with a detectable alcohol bite. A dry woody taste and clean hop finish keeps this brew from becoming coy. Surprising oily and fizzy mouthfeel. Very drinkable barley wine, glad to let my other bottles age to rerate in the future.