DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Bottled, 2003 edition. What can I add to these raves? It’s just some kind of mad beer. Pours a "bright" brown that doesn’t make you think of barley wine just yet. Nice tan head on top. Mouthfeel is sticky, even for a barleywine, and rough like a buckwheat honey. This is full of rough edges, yet I wanted to savor every one of them. Couldn’t figure the malt presence, but toward the end of the sample, my upper lip was curled slightly inward.
rajendra82 (1031) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red, crystal clear liquid was topped with a small foamy head that did not last. The aroma was sweet and malty with honey, raisin, cherry, and vanilla notes. The taste was rich, with warm alcohol reminiscent of port wine or rum, buttery toffee, roasted nuts, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was dry and roasty with a distracting peppery alcohol afterburn. The aftertaste is also quite bitter. This is definitely an after dinner sipping beer.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish.
IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark ruby body with some cloudiness. Off-white head is gone in no time leaving behind just a few swirls of milky way. One sniff tells you everything. Powerful, sweet malt, grapes, alcohol, peach and lightly of wheat. Taste is strong and relatively thick for this style. Lots of grape, raisin flavors with intense malt matched by a very heavy roasted hop/coffee presence, alcohol, corn and a sweet finish. Its an excellent beer with a large dose of wonderful flavors but the overall palate is not as smooth/balanced as it would need to consider this a perfect beer. Also a short taste. This style usually lasts longer on the palate.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2002. Clear dark crimson with a good head that goes away quickly and some lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Very malt raisin and plum flavors with an alcohol burn. Besides the burn it is very smooth for a 11.4%abv beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 2003 bottle pours a clear dark mahogany with a small brownish head. Sweet aroma of fruit and alcohol. Taste continues the sweetness of sugars and cherries. The alcohol backs up the sweetness giving it a nice balance and making it easy to drink for such a high abv. The palate is syrupy and smooth.
2001 Poured a murky brown. Aroma was malty and alcoholic. Flavors of toffee, caramel and a little vinous. Long alco finish. Very warming. Smooth and complex.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A simply fabulous barleywine. The aroma is almost cooked like a madeira, full of rich kirsch cherry brandy. A light pungent, yet hoppy spicy aroma eludes to a taste that first run French oak, with lots of vanilla and maple syrups. This would age extremely well.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2K3 Release. Clear brownish bronze. Cognac and vanilla aroma, plus some alcohol. Thick palate. Liqeurish flavorsweet, like a jam or something. Some hop flavors and a bit alcohol burn. Fuity flavors mix with medicinal hints. A bit "off kilter", I think it needs a little age on it to really reach its potential.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown brew,looks like a glass of cognac.clear with no cloudiness at all.Shouldn’t be drinking this so soon but...Still a little raw but has that wonderful aroma of an caramel liquor filled confection from Godiva.Very mellow for a barleywine.Just a little syrupiness but the flavor is not sickly sweetness but a fine blend of hops and malts that heldto smother some of the sweetness.Just not as complex as I prefer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma reminds me of port wine. Moderate alcohol warmth lingers on the tongue. A spicy hoppiness rounds out the finish.