woodduck (5) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild aroma. Small quickly disappearing head. Deep red-amber color. Flavor is very much like sherry and oak. Moderate carbonation. Noticeable alcohol warmth.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Amber-brown color, very thin head. Great aroma of caramel and alcohol. Amazing flavor of butterscotch and alcohol. Full body, warm mouthfeel. This one is quite young for a barley wine, but still it’s amazing, I can just think of what it’ll be like in five years.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tan-goldenish head that went kinda quick, leaving an insane spider web pattern on top. cloudy rusty brownish color, ruby at center and more gold at edges of glass. strong vinuous, raisin notes. medium carbonation, malt flavor and strong alcohol (11.4%!) spicy aclohol burn finish. peaty flavor and whiskey/bourbon. alcohol burn aftertaste.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: Pours deep amber/light brown with little head...thick and smooth taste...viscous over the tongue with malt and caramel...prunes...alcohol, but very viscous and smooth...finishes with a nice sweetness on the sides of the tongue...oh yeah, did I say viscous?
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.
madsberg (11255) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 2003. Aroma is of caramel, cinnamon, and roasted malt/coffee. Flavor of soft but predominate caramel, roasted malt, coffee, a slight bit of bittersweet chocolate. Excellent malty barlywine. The sweet malt profile is just barely balanced by a slight hoppiness which ties to poke through the malt and leaves a slight cinnamony spiceyness. Alcohol is just bearly noticable on the finish, I would never guess it was over 9%. Very well used and hidden alcohol.
Very nice palate for a barleywine riding the line between normal and syrupy it holds up but is not unpleasently thick. Excellent barleywine.
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 vintage at Akkurat. Wonderful nose. Twizzler, oak, vanilla, sugar, prune, toast, roasted malt. Before yeast, ruby red-brown clear with lacing off-white thin head. Thick oily body with silky carbonation. Starts sweet, mellow and malty. A myriad of flavor, vanilla, oak, prune, caramelized sugar. Finish is smooth, vinuous, fine port, oak. Alcohol warming (11.2%) and velvet. This is a great barly wine. Sweet after, mellow and ethereal.