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 (925) - 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)
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red body with a thick tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should, malty and hops. Lots of hops.
Well balanced taste of malt/hop considering the youth of this beer. Satisfying, full body. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the finish.
Very smooth palate with just the right amount of carbonation to liven up this big beer.
One of the better barleywines I've had so far...
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a nice deep red amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that subsided quickly and left a small amount of lace. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. A flavor of malt and fruit with some of the alcohol present as well. Not bad for a barleywine, but probably could use some cellaring.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby red, with little head or lacing - appearance is actually quite still, but first few sips are quite carbonated. There is such a nice malt presence here - dark and fruity and chewy with an almost "burnt" sweetness. Of course it's backed up with a wonderfully balanced hop. The big flavors are cherry and toffe, soaked in a bit of unknown liquor. Now, just try to lay some of this down for a year without touching it - maybe keep it in your parent's basement under lock and key....
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
From a non-barley wine person... Pours and looks great, but is way too malty for my tastes.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 I was a little dissapointed with this one. I love their imperial stout and stout, and I was hoping to fall in love with this but it's missing something. This is more of a scotch ale more than a barelywine. The flavor, is, well, not that great. You'd expect more from this brewery, or maybe I just had a bad bottle.
Rerate- This is an awesome beer. I think the first time I had it I wasn't prepared for it's gandeur. Complex from start to finish. This is the perfect beer for when you're not sure what beer style you want.
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 edition. Pours like Coca-Cola, a big but rapidly diminishing head, heavy carbonation (large bubbles) all over the inside. Weak metallic aroma, whiffs of malt and the slightest note of grape. Slightly oily, slightly sticky, yet a bit thin all things considered; the cola-like carbonation on the palate is lost early on. Flavor is the strong suit here, full and rounded across a range of English strong ale qualities with a bit of Scottish ale in there. Spicy notes--growing with time to be a sharply biting presence, hitting the tip of my tongue as it goes into my mouth and making me shout "whoa Nellie!"--more metal, and a biting alcoholic flavor. Some beers hide their alcohol well, but this one does not. Perhaps this is a beer that simply cannot be had this young--it is decent drinking, but it is not a masterpiece by any stretch.