igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
color is very cloudy, copper color, head is tan and moderately thin. aroma is just bloody HUGE on buttery caramel malts. alcohol in the nose is fairly subdued. flavor is an excellent combo of sweet and dry. finish is very sweet and tastes a whole lot like crunchberries. frighteningly sticky and thick! excellent.
beastiefan2k (2412) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 For a barleywine at such a high alcohol level this is the best tasting. Very little bitterness. Strong aroma coming from it and no head when poured. I would drink this again, for sure. 7/4/8/4/17
So, I believe I bought this 4 pack rated it above and put the rest away. This is my last of this 3 brews. Damnnnnn. The oxidation is well hidden behind a very sweet raisin, particularly the flavor. Lots of sherry character. Low carbonation. I have had a few different vintages of this beer but this may be my favorite. I donít see a need to keep these much longer. For an old barleywine I think I would rather do this than many others. 8/4/8/4/16
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Nice dark brown amber color with a little bit of head that almost vanished before the first sip. The aroma is powerful, similar to a strong fruit punch. There is a definate banana feel to it, with some cirtrus, and even a little berry that comes through before some good old fashioned maltyness. Palate is very crisp, not too much feel from the alcohol till the end feeling, but it doesnt last long at all. The flavor, oh the flavor, rich and wouldn't you know it, very complex. It has that nice relaxing quality of a barley wine, and makes my mouth water. I do wish I could celar this for a few decades, but alas, I'll settle for this for now.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish red brew raises a slight head. Its all about the malts here. Salty sweet flavor that reminds me a little of rum. I'm sorry I just don't get the hype on this one.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear reddish brown, minimal head, the flavor is sticky & salty. strong alcohol aroma. this was pretty disappointing.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep brick red in color. Head is tan. Malty flavor. Warming. Really delicious. Maltiness lingers and lingers.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brick red and clear. Head is nice and tan, also lasting. Aroma of candied apples. Flavor is malty and sticky sweet. Warming. The maltiness lingers and lingers. Great after dinner brew, and just the way I like English Barley wine. This defines the style!
The Beer Dean (5) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beer art form. Light a pipe full of strong English tobacco and pour a glass then say goodnight.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of fermented raisins, like a aged sherry. Appears thick, viscous, hazy, with a reddish-brown hue, and no head whatsoever. Deep, complex flavor that is very sweet but that should be sipped slowly. Again, sherry-like flavors of fermented raisin with an alcoholic hotness that is not altogether pleasant but that is definitely expected. Immense toffee flavors but with a salty finish that seems to detract. Slick palate and adequate body. The total is definitely more than the sum of its parts. It is clear and apparent that there is nothing ordinary about this libation.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I've rated this on how it tastes now (2/04), not on its potential as it ages, which is very great indeed.
Deep brown/ruby with little to no head. Crisp, sweet chocolate/caramel nose, reminiscent of Pepsi, plus some fusels. Medium sweet, vinous, tannic, hints of salt, overly bitter finish, some nuttiness. Rather still, with a thinnish mouthfeel.