humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002: Pours heavy, effervescent and cool into the glass where it sits smuggly and says with a hint of piety " I, good sir, have aged to perfection". Its white stubble of head gives proof to the potion as does the candy caramel vapor of its breath, so heavily ladden with meadow hay, wildflowers and time. Now as this ruby-auburn and polished walnut pool is hoisted to my anticipating lips, I taste. All acridity, hops and alcohol lie as a hound upon the hearth of aged and masterful malts: present and appreciated but not alerted. The flavor oozes earthy tones and nutty notes as the complexity of apple rind and raisins blend, dance and twirl upon the tongue like jazz; class and rhythm.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage: Mahogney color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar and plums with a big alcohol presence. Malty, almost chewy, with some toasty notes, a hint of dark fruits, some brown sugar, a light nutty notes as well. Very drinkable barley wine.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doughy yeast, dark fruits (raisins, plums and vinous, almost rum-like alcohol in the big, malty aroma. Opaque dark reddish-brown coloured body is topped by a lasting cover of fine-bubbled tan head. Sweet and complex maltiness is never cloying. Subtle notes of dark fruits and gentle suggestions of alcohol. Dark malts come to the fore in the finish especially as it warms. Some fair warming. Medium full body with an almost chewy texture yet dangerously drinkable. A great way to relax after an afternoon trudging about in the snow. Bottle (2002 Vintage - trade Aug. 2004). Thanks, Dorwart!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 a vintage 2003
pours a deep slightly cloudy brownish copper color w/ a thin tan head that will moderatly lace.
Big sweet malty aroma, an odd hop scent I have not smelled before and a bit of alcohol as well as a touch of fruit like a bitter plum.. smells great.
A rich creamy full bodied palate a tiny bit of carbonation.
The flavor has a bit of well masked alcohol after the swallow comes off as a big sweet malt, a bit of carmel, hints of like a carmel apple and some raisens. Overall a great beer to sit back and drink w/ a friend or by myself.
sampled a 200 the other day and couldnít believe ho smooth and thick the paalte was.. extremly sweet flavor was delicious.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured dark caramel with a thick brownish head.
Aroma is malt,hops and alcohol .
Flavor is sweet malt and alcohol and much to sweet for my taste.
shadey (2079) - 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 (6403) - 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.