Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 2005 Bottle: Not much different about the 2005 batch, sampled in July 2006. Same notes/scores.
2004 Bottle: This year’s is every bit as good as the last one I had. Deep brownish-red color with a very thin beige head. Very thin lacing too. Rich aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with hearty malt, caramel and nut flavors. Roasty character with the alcohol peeking through periodically. The finish is long and sweet, with a nice hops bite. Another winner!
2002 Bottle: Pours a dark brown color but held light throughout the glass. Thick and foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol, with lesser portions of hops and fruit. Rich bodied and it tasted somewhere between a Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. Excellent blend of malt, vanilla, alcohol and caramel. Finish is all malt and tart fruit. Good beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Refuse to give a perfect score. 2001 bottle. Very nice head for such a potent ale. Unfiltered and dark ruby. This is more in the style of an english BW than a west coaster. Very similar flavor to the '99 Fuller's VA, but I liked this more cause of the strength of abv and of flavors. As it warms figs and caramel become very apparent. I can't think about it anymore cause I don't have any left and I'm starting to cry!
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 sample. Strong, strong alcohol and caramel flavors. Terrific nose with an amazing array of malt flavors from caramel, chocolate and leather. Nice hop balance. I would like to get another just to smell it.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 2001 sampled 4/12/03-
Amazing nose of rich, fresh malts, Chocolate truffle desserts, Walnut and liquor drizzled over a caramel coated brownie. Massive globs of melted malted chocolate balls dipped in sweet coffee liqueur with an extra dip into a massively hoppy IPA. Thats only the nose! The sweet, thick and rich malts are full of heavy flavor, hiding most of the alcohol until it gets halfway to your stomach! Hops are swimming throughout and present themselves at the end in a wonderful finish. I will be racing back to the store to pick up the other 2001's on the shelf!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely another in a line of beautiful barleywine's..but i'd be lying if i didnt admit that the 11.4% ABV here took me completely off guard! This one pours a decently cloudy brown with medium to active carbonation levels out of the bottle. The aroma is definitely active with grapes, cranberry juice, peaches, alcohol, purified water, vanilla, almonds and sweet malts apparent. The taste is much of the same as bitter acetic peaches and sweet caramel and vanilla malts caress the palate and balance each other nicely. Definite alcohol bitterness yet somehow no alcohol til the aftertaste...somewhat hard to describe. Something of a wood feel, and nice mouthfeel..definitely expensive but worth it!
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
With the ABV as high as it is, this is one drinkable brew, in fact it slides down like ice tea. This is one Great Barley Wine
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 bottle: Somewhat cloudy amber in color. Very little head, which lingered a little bit. A bit of sweetness and alcohol in the nose. Sweet taste, with the alcohol well hidden. Subtle hops in the background. A very good barley wine. Too bad I don't have any to put down, this should age well.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Bottle: Hazy dark amber brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel with a hint of brandy. Flavor: Start is rich and sweet with hints of orange and peach, middle is lightly bitter, finish is smooth and slightly dry.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had the 00 version of this finely crafted brew. Ruby red, rusty brown color with a slight browning of the nice sized head. Mild burnt, black brandy smell, licorice, and soco tastes. Well blended potency of these strong licorice and alchohol flavors, could even be along the jager line.
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol (reminds me of carmel). Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. I'll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.