cstuartj (925) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was lucky enough to stumble on a few bottles of this at the local home brew supply house. Great barley wine. I wish I would have picked them all up instead of just a few!
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003, bottle #2874 - hazy red-brown colour with a giant and slightly brown-tainted head, very complex aroma, tons of malts, earthy and nutty with notes of alcohol, some fruits too (prune ?), licorice, very oily and very bitter, creamy mouthfeel, the finish is strongly malty with an endless and explosive warming alcohol kick - a powerful pleasure ! - With the old version, I have never been quite sure if I was liking it or not, my ratings going from 2.3 to 4.2 thru the different vintages. But this one is much better than any versions I had before. It does not have the cloying sweetness present in the past versions.
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, caramel, burnt marshmallow, smell. No head, dark apple cider looking beer. Thick, sweet, syrupy flavor. You can taste the alcohol. Very thick. Apple peel a little bit in the aftertaste. Nice beer. Thanks to tjackhole for the beer. Nice.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 I thought I rated this already and donít have my notes anymore. From memory, I can remember the rotten-like fig taste of it. Had lots of caramel flavors and wasnít very hoppy. It was very very tasty. Probably my all time favorite barley wine. Rerate bottled 2004: Same style as the 2002 J.W. Lees I just had, but this one definately needs some age. Same type of flavor but just a little brighter and slightly more bitter
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glad to get my hands on this one, although it was way out of my league. This is one of those beers that remind me how immature my palate really is, but thatís okay...just means Iím going to have to drink more. Getting to the beer...an extremely complex wonderfully crafted Barley Wine. Full of flavor ranging for sweet fruits and malts to dry hoppiness. Also has a great ruby red color. Definitely one to savor.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer, great sweet taste with little hint of the 11.7% alcohol. Rich aroma and taste, smoother then the description indicates on the palate.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(No 001989) Jesus this is a good beer! Its very strong and consentrated and would go nice with a sweet dessert. A beautiful cobber golden and red-brown body with very little foam. The aroma is enchanting: honey, wild berries and sweet malt - a very powerfull aroma! The taste is just as powerfull and strong without the bitter taste og alcohol (11.7%). The sweet taste fills not only the entire mouth, but the entire body! ... what a joy ride! I can strongly recommend this beer for every barley wine fan out there!
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 2003 vintage
Finally drank one of these, and let me say I was not disappointed. Bottle number 13891. Pours a thick copper color with no head. Aroma is steep and rich with honey, toffee, fruit, malt and alcohol all seeping through. The taste was phenomenal! Needless to say OíHanlonís has done this beer right. Rich syrupy mouthfeel leading to more toffee, some hint of maple syrup and caramel along with fruit, some faint wood and alcohol. An absolute joy to consume! Finish was a bit carbonated, surprisingly enough with some more alcohol and sweetness. I can only imagine this getting greater as the years go by and therefore am glad I picked up several of these.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. No. 001989. Ive been looking foard to try this brew. And what a brew! The brew is red to copper, almost like a beautiful sunset, no head at all. The aroma is stunning, i could keep sniffing it for hours, sweet malts, honey, notes of cherry and a bit alcohol. The flavor is also absoulutely magnificent, the whole thing explodes in your mouth. This fine liquid is sweet, yet dry, very vinous, notes of honey, fruits and alcohol. Its very warming, with a little afterburner down your throat. This is an awesome beer, i hope it will mature very well.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is, perhaps, the greatest British style barley wine that I have ever tasted. Super rich and sweet, delicious spiciness. The alcohol is all but imperceptible. Deep, lucious, and very drinkable. Absolutely brillian.