invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow, this beer is pretty big. it's quite a surprise that it pours with a nice head that chooses to stick around. Dark brown beer. Tastes thick and warming, a chocolate flavor jumps out. very sweet flavor.
jgb9348 (5173) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper colour with strong ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of pineapple, raisins, pit fruit, cherries, caramel, alcohol and bubble gum. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet initial flavours turning into an alcoholic burn and then a spicey dry finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of alcohol and not much else. Overall, nose and appearance are great, but too much alcohol and not enough other flavours are noticeable in the taste. I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 23-November-2003.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. Wonderful mahogny color with little head to speak of. Aroma of dried fruit, undoubtedly due to the heavy malt presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Quite warming indeed. Wonderfully bitter, with an excellent rich malty finish. I bought two of these by accident, though I don't think this will be a mistake I regret
egajdzis (5653) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 Vintage, poured a beautiful copper color with a small off white head and very little lacing. Musty, fruity, slight alcoholic aroma. Plums, grapes, carame, and grapes are all prominent flavors. This was an enjoyable barleywine, thanks for sharing BrianO!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, small biege head. Sweet aroma of burnt sugar, spices, dark dried fruit, caramel and oily alcohol. Flavour of raisin, spices, burnt sugar, caramel with an alcoholic bite. Long sweet and fruity finish. Beautiful stuff!
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage, bottle pours a deep red-amber with a very small off-white head that does not last and thin lace sheets that slide down into the ale. The aroma is sweet and brandy like. The flavor is malty, sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. The palate is smooth and rich. Overall, a very fine Barley Wine!
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep reddish brown color with a tan head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of brandy. Very nice complex flavor, full of caramel, malt, brandy and fruit tones. Nice warm feel. One of my favorites.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(2002 Bottle)Enjoyed after another big WVU win on Saturday. Deep red and brown colors, thick off white head. Had this one at cellar temp. Hops and malt play off each other for a rich and very smooth experience. Dark fruits, cherry, toffee, and caramel dominate, but even this 2002 vintage still has enough hops to hit on the backside. At $2 a bottle, I'm going back to the store to clean off the shelves! This ages extremely well, and would love to see what happens in another year with this batch. Can it get better? Time will tell.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2002 bottle) Deep brown with very little head. Warm alcohol/brandy aroma. Sweet, warm malt flavor with hints of cherry and apricot. Enough hops for balance.