Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in Linköping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (Tromsø, 07.07.2010).
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I just bought the 2001 version so
this has not had a chance to age much.
No head whatsoever. Seems a little
incomplete compared to the 2002 version
of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barley. Will have to
re-rate in about six months.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another great solid brew from the folks that brought us Rasputin Imperial! Very flavorful, but a tad cloying in its sweetness.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2002: Dark burgundy appearance. Big frothy brown head. Robust aroma of plums, cedar, red grapes, and mandarin oranges. Extremely thick and syrupy, hard to swallow it’s so damn thick. Amazingly complex. Combined flavors of port, honey and brown sugar under a big hoppy plum profile. Even being somewhat new and unaged I thought it was wonderful. Having a 2 year aged bottle of the 2002 presents a more syrupy, stuffy and thick barley wine that, when compared side-by-side with Bigfoot (1 year aged) and Batch 6000 (1 year aged) it comes up in third and last place.
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.
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wish I would have read this description before drinking, because I would have aged this one a bit. Mine was a mahogany color, with a tiny head and good lacing. Big malty aroma. The flavor was young and sweet. I had no idea this was 11.4%, as the alcohol was not evident in the flavor profile. A little to sticky and harsh, I can imagine it being really nice in a year or two.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft 2002 version. Poured a dark cloudy color with no head. Strong fruit smell with an heavy aroma of peach. A nice cold nite warm you up beer.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Bottle, 2002 Vintage: Cloudy red-amber pour, fair carbonation produces a solid brownish head. Sweeter smelling frutis and malts dominate the nose with the alcohol making an unwanted appearance, missed the hops. Flavor starts sweet and quickly turns to medicinal alcohol, again I missed the hops.
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. I don’t know if it is because this was sitting on a shelf since 2003 or it is just its taste but it is kinda gross. It seems to me that there are 2 kinds of barley wines: the hoppy ones and these weird poison tasting ones. This one has a sort of burt vanilla and rotted ginger flavor. Where are the hops? too much alcohol in the taste.
Gachupines (850) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Brown color with a decent head which disappeared quickly. Taste was alcohol sweet with some malt. Some subtlety but overwhelmed by the alcohol sweetness. Not the beer I remember. Overall, a little too sweet and strong which surprised me because I remember like this beer more than I am now. I’ll have to rate a fresh bottle to see if it just doesn’t age well to my palate. I know beer is supposed to mellow with age, but I don’t remember it being this one sided when I had it fresh.