steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 2002 bottle: smells like chocolate covered cherries, wood, leaf. looks like a fizzy, dark brown wine. nice peanut colored head that diminishes nicely as a tight ring of bubbles around the glass. there is JUST enough carbonation present. it starts off chocolate, fruit, fresh bread. as it warms the beer becomes smooth like velvet and packages itself as a tighter bundle of flavors. i was eventually left with a warming holiday present of sticky
chocolates and tart cherries that were just subtle enough in presence. thank BierBauch! UPDATE 12/8/04 thanks Dorwart! 2002 / downrated! wooh! but this is still delicious... creamy, smooth, delicious, still. caramel, liquor, light fruit like cherry--slightly vinous as a good affect. iím still amazed! and my original notes are still good! YEAAA!!!
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chestnut red with a slight haze. It pours with a minimal tan head that remains as a thin ring of foam around the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of. A somewhat nutty, plum scent dominates the aroma. Just a wonderful toasted malt smell. The taste is sweet as expected, but again the nutty component is very prevalent. Nice plum and cherry fruits appear, along with a biscuit malt flavor. Some hops clean up the finsh, and present a lingering bitterness. The minimal carbonation contributes to the velvety smooth mouthfeel.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Brown in color,small white head that faded fast.Malty caramel aroma with a wine like character,and light fruit side as well.Malty taste,caramel some dried fruit and alcohol,lots of alcohol in the finish with a fairly bitter side kind of harsh at first but it does mellow and the after taste is very long.This is a decent brew,but i believe age will make this a better brew and this one is a bit to young for a decent rate.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent reddish brown color, little head. Aroma of figs, twigs, prunes, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and slightly dry from the alcohol. This would be quite a winter warmer on cold night. Sip it like a fine port. Excellent Barley.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 bottle. Rich, dark and strong. Aroma is that of raisins soaked in rum, coated in dark cane sugar and laid out in the sun. Tasty blend of malty goodness, port wine and subtle licorice. Sticky mouthfeel. Lasting swirls of head. Would like to do a vertical tasting of this sometime and am interested in sampling other vintages for sure.
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2002 vintage: Good nose though not overwhelming. Brandy, licorice,carmel/molasses. Great brownish red color(how many ways to say amber?) Quick bitter start with a roasted molasses flavor with a warming smooth, kinda creamy, syrupy bitter finish. Love the guys(I use the term generically) from Northcoast.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 limited bottling: This reminded me more of a bad summer seasonal than a barleywine. Still, the alcohol flavor was well masked. They now just need to mask the flavor.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper with an orange head. Fruity aroma (prunes) with some roast, chocolate, and toast. Sweet alost syrupy with a licorice/roast/burtn toast finish. Very light biterness. Alcohol burns as strawberries and earthiness lingers. Pretty fantastic stuff.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2001 sampled on 4/4/2004: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bready complex oxidized caramel malt. Body has a nice, thick sweetness to it and goes down very smoothly with some hoppy bite still noticeable. This has aged very well and turned into a classic barleywine.
2001 sampled on 8/14/2003: Very complex, heavy aroma of dark fruit, licorice, caramel and hops. Medium to dark brown in color with an average-sized tan colored head. Starts sweet, almost syrupy with good malty complexity. Very smooth, but with a strong alcoholic finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. A good barleywine, but a bit too strong and not as drinkable as some others I've had.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 2002 Vintage - Dark red with a small off-white head and good lacing. Wonderful tawny port aromas. Superb flavors. Very complex. Alcohol is masked very well. Flavors become even more complex as it warms up. Very full bodied with soft carbonation. This is an excellent barleywine. [Update] Tried another one and this beer deserves a higher rating. This is the best barleywine I have had.