ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. got 3 more to age- but for starters- wow this is good. fruity spicy aroma, and a fruity oily aftertaste. very thick, and warming as it goes down. alcohol is hidden- i can barely taste it. this is a great barley wine that i believe will only get better the next time i open one. awesome!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002. Deep, deep ruby colour. Thin disappating head. Little carbonation. Smells of oak soaked in alcohol. Thick, chewy malt sweetness. Tastes of medicine and coconut. Not as hopped as I would have thought. Very warming, almost burning.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice, thick, hoppy, delicious barley wine, but surprisingly easy to drink. Very nice color and aroma, and a great full flavor. Another winner from North Coast.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, and bitter hops, light brown color. Nutty, coffee, brown sugar taste, a very interesting and unusual barleywine. Extremely bitter, while definitely unique, I can't say I cared for the brown sugar flavors in this.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the top class beers of the United States. Like drinking a top notchbrandy and soda. a brandy type aroma creamy molasses date taste. A wonderful treasure, one of my top 10's
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one lies leaning to the maltier side of my preference, but it is made so damn well that I can't find reason to complain. Being that I find it maltier than bitter, not too sure what if any improvement might take place in aging it. Did find a two year old one and will see if I like that more or less. VERY good stuff.
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Very cloudy brown,short lived tan head.Interesting fruity malt nose.Sweet smooth blended malt taste.Medium to strong alcohol heat Rather flat.
As with most barleywines, the alcohol heat overpowers the taste, and I donít like that style. Thanks to Cap Flu
Note-06 version is rather unblended, maybe needs aging?
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002. A good Barley Wine. Nice ruby color with a slim head. Sweet malt aroma. Much more sweet in the flavor. Some sugary mouthfeel to it, some caramel as well. Pretty decent, but not the strong barley wine I expected.
pivo (2660) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002: Classy. Just a great great beer. Sweet toffee and fruity nose, light ruby color, low lathery head creamy iwht lacing. Big round malt front with adark fruity tastes. Syrupy at times. Tapering bitter and a little woody. The profile is like a ball of malt, hops in alcohol that fills your mouth completely.
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly my favorite Barley Wine. More similar to an English beer than some of the other U.S. interpretations, IMO. Heavy, full mouthfeel, more malt sweetness than hops in the balance. Brownish hue, with an almost carmel-like flavor. A real warmer, ABV reasonably well hidden.