whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 2002 vintage. Clear garnet-bronze color body, medium-high carbonation, and silky beige head that dissipated completely. Great aroma of vanilla, raisins, caramelized buttery malt, maple, and scotch with significant alcohol in the nose. Flavor is initially shocking because the flavor is very unique. Taste is very good and difficult to describe but suggests candy corn, caramel, cinnamon, cola and cigars except the sum is better than all of those things. This is a rich, malty, high alcohol barley wine. Very good stuff. Seemed young, even for a two year old vintage; some extended cellaring would definitely be wise. 2003 vintage was equally as nice.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2yr old bottle. Amber body with ruby tones, small fading head rapidly becomes a memory. The aroma is pretty complex like any respectable barleywine, but definitely more on the malt side. Brown sugar is obvious and is of pleasant company to figs, peaches, alcohol and an all-around complex fruitiness. Taste is an infinite malty deepness that is only restrained by a tad too much alcohol presence for my liking. Syrupy apricot and sweet peaches. The aftertaste is fresh like I had brushed my teeths with an alcohol flavoured toothpaste. Medium bodied and full-flavoured. Just a little too sweet/cloying to be among the greats of this world.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002: A clear ruby/amber with a thick creamy head - which is relatively long lasting. Aroma of caramel, molasses, peach, dark fruit, honey, and burnt sugar. Medium thick syrupy palate that coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Slightly vinous. Nice sweet dominating toffee, burnt sugar and molasses flavor with peach, dark fruit and spices in the background.
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 (5472) - 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 (5904) - 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!