Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Great beer. So tasty and complex, while still somewhat masking of the alcohol. This wa s a great buy too, cheap. One of the reasons I love barleywine. ReRate 4-04, 2002 bottle: Great sweet, syrupy cherry aroma. Color is a great shade of red, almost like a fruit beer. Taste is very malty and sweet. Slight metallic stuff going on, but still a great beer.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. This is a great barley wine. Well hidden 11.4% abv. Flavor is sweet, slightly bitter, and malty. This Old Stock finishes clean, smooth and warming. Recommended.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle. Translucent brown color, lost the head quickly. Spiced rum-like nose. Slightly sweet taste although very smooth. Has that warming effect. I don't really taste the hops.
argo0 (11593) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A reddish/brown pour w/ a quickly dissipating yellow/tan head. The alcohol is completely disguised by a slightly sweet taste, a flavor almost like a dessert wine. This is a Sipping Beer, Period. Lovely
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Second only to Fuller's 1999 in my opinion. Small but rich head, distinctive and strong aroma, very dark and almost black. Very malty taste, bitter but not to any extreme, Absolutely amazing brew.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost brown, slightly cloudy and dissipating head. Malt dominates for me in aroma and flavor. Decent hopping but not over the top. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Still a slight alcohol flavor but its barely notioceable. Also some raisiny notes as well. I'm saving several of these.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
How can you not love a barely wine?? I don ot know if it is the bottle of the label but i thought: "what could this give me?" And then a little cloudy though, with very dissapointing head. BUT...the taste makes up for it all with smoothness and finish. Very easy to drink, enjoyable to swallow.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/26/03: bottle. nice color gradation, from orange to red to brown. good amount of head, which diminishes to a fair size ring of bubbles. hoppy and malty. a trace of alcohol is noted in the aftertaste. another great bottle label. (2002)