Kevin (2192) - 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.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003-Pours a nice looking cherry color with a small off-white head. Aroma is a little sweet. Some carmel and a little smoke fill the nose. Very mellow flavor. A great malt backbone with a sticky carmel and raisin flavor. I feel the alcohol in the finish. Well hidden. A very good Barleywine.
Reid (2338) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok its a nice looking brown with ruby accents,the head is small and off white colour..very nice lacing present throughout the glass.
Very rich,creamy,malty aromas,backed by a spicy scent of alcohol
Good taste,pretty "thick" and fruity,rum and raisin!. Slight hoppy bitterness complimented by the alcohol, which is rather sherry like .
Quite nice on the palate,smooth until the end, alcohol warmth present in the throat.
Its a very nice cold night sipper, though I doubt I can manage more than one at a sitting.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 2006 On tap at Zenoís Pub - State College, PA. Aroma of rich, dense sugars licked with spicy grandeur, lifting hop residue and rich alcohols. Pours a mixed ruddy and brown, with sweeping bronze fringes and a silky soap of off-white on tap. Flavor is thick, lubricious and bold. Thereís amazing runs of nuttiness, complex mature fruits, bold spice and lively warm banana flesh. This is really expressive, dense and nuanced. Iím really impressed! Awesome character on a curt and slightly alcoholic body, that leaves mostly dry and imparts a great spicy smack of beautifully aging Fuggles. Really awesome at this point. So much character, depth, flavor, build and expressive. Smack carries for ever with mature alcohol soaked woods, raw sugars and reminiscence of hops. Really awesome beer at this point.
2003 12oz Bottle Great fresh caramel aroma. Nice ruddy amber glow. Sweet and broad on the palate. Not very complex, but extremely drinkable. Very creamy. Smooth.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 Bottle. Dark red-brown with small beige head. Plenty of alcohol from start to finish, sweet, over-ripe fruit, fortified wine, bitter finish. A nice beer for sipping - but not great.
SpringsLicker (3467) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage bottle purchased 1/24/05.
Clear medium brown color with just a blush of red at the edges. Average sized thick head for a Barleywine.
Heavy, thick, sheets of lacing from this one too.
Very little aroma from this one cold as might be expected, but as it warms it blossoms with fruits and caramel.
The malty brew has a good amount of body and hides itís alcohol well. Not a bad sipper.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 - Dark orangy brown color, with very little head. Aroma is big and sweet with a rich carmel malty presence. Flavor is strong malt, quite sweet, fig tones, moderatly chewy, moderate hop presence, hints of chocolate, and dark cherry. Very rich and complex. Strong alcohol character, but not overpowering. Excellent beer.
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004. Pours a deep, clear mahogany with little head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, with a big caramel character and some smokiness. The smoke also comes through in the flavor, with some vinous notes and lots of alcohol, as well as oakiness and a moderate bitter hopping. Finish is dry and warm. Very good barleywine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2004. Dark amber body with a thin film of bubbles for a head. Nice round flavor-good amount of hops (bith bitter and aroma), slight banana, cherry, caramel, wood, alcohol, dried fruit, and some slight chocolate. The mouth feel is very full. The only major problem that I can taste is that the flavor is slightly metallic. Very dry warm finish. A great example of an AMerican BW.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark golden brown body with off-white head. The aroma is sweet like cherries and "dadler". A round and strong flavor, with hints of sweet wildberries. A little too "ensidig", and the taste of alc is a bit dominating! I normally love US barley wines, but this particular one is too borring and doll. When i drink barley i want a kick in the head, and 100s of flavors to attac every inch of my bloody body!