Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very sweet barleywine when had young. Very vinuous although i could see it becoming more so with age. Overall i think this should be aged at least two years before drinking. Still pretty good young though.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper in color, nice soft lacy head, lots of hops in the aroma, very well balanced, lots of hops in the flavors as well, spicy aftertaste, great brew
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thirst and desire to rule the light.
For crossing heavens a futile fight,
Bound to storm our minds wave,
Fervent to sail in deserts of mist
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark reddish amber. Very nice shade, made me think of a gemstone. Sweet, complex aroma: winelike, sweetness, grapes. Similar in flavor to the smell, plus some maple notes. Holy God!! 11.4%!? I had no idea until 3/4 of the way through. They hide the alcohol pretty well, but at the same time, it seems to do good things to the flavor. Long, nice aftertaste. An excellent brew.
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 2010 bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of alcohol and peach.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
2007ís batch was dull enough that I didnít bother with the 08 or 09 batches. 2010 still shows no improvement. Very little aroma, and the mouth experience is rather watery and boozy
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little too sweet but in general a good beer. Heavy malt with distinct molasses taste. Noticible alcohol content.
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 2001 bottling. Pours with an almost inexistent head but a slight amount of visible effervescence. Deep garnet color, mostly clear. Some light alcohol and some surprisingly delicate, sweet malt fruitiness in the aroma. Fairly sweet flavor as well overall, with some nice caramel and toffee, brown sugar and a somewhat sticky yet effervescent mouthfeel. Finish sees the hops at last, and I've discovered I have somewhat of an affinity for the Fuggles hop variety. This is a good barleywine, but I have a feeling it would turn into a great one if laid down for a couple of years or so, allowed to attenuate a bit further. At this point in time, it seems to lack that overwhelming complexity that I am so fond of. Still, it's a very classy brew and I did enjoy it.
Update: 12/15/03. Same 2001 vintage, but seems to have developed profoundly vinous characteristics. Bitterness has also, unsurprisingly, diminished somewhat, revealing some tobacco and red grape aspects. Palate has smoothed out nicely. Does seem to have mellowed and become better integrated for it over the 2-year span.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2000 - Deep ruby, almost brown in color with a solid cream head which leaves a thin Brussels lace. Intense aromas of caramel, dark fruit and sherry. Very port-like in flavor with a rich sweet malty taste and a well rounded bitterness. An extremely soft and rounded palate. The alcohol is cloaked very well but shows some presence in the finish. Intense.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
big complex barley wine. dark ruby brown colour, beige head. aroma of caramel , plums and cognac.
deep sweet malty taste, well rounded palate and a stroongf alcohol presence in thge aftertaste. makes a good after-dinner beer.