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 (6010) - 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.
abnerdawg (1) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. Excellent beer. Reddish Brown with great aroma. High Alcohol without overwhelming. Complex with a taste of caramel and dark fruits. Just put a case away for the winter and will have a hard time waiting!
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2003. Fantastic Barleywine. Pours a deep brownish read with a short-lived off white head. Aroma is malty and of dark fruit. Taste is of currants, plum, and molasses. Tons of malt and good hops here.Sweet/Syrupy-very complex-there’s a lot going on with this brew. Gets better as it warms, has a warming wintery effect but is great in August too. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Alcohol content is present but not overpowering. Highly recommended.
jonas (6673) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 vintage at Akkurat
I mostly get marzipan, dark chocolate and nuts in the aroma.
Hazy brown coloration.
Flavors of chocolate, wood, cognac raisins and plums and tons of stuff I forgot to write down.
A slight burn in the end.
Definetely a barleywine I would love to re-rate with a bit more time on my hands...
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.