HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very thick pour. Dark brown color with sweet and hoppy smell. The taste is sticky sweet and caramelly with a hop whallop in the end. Noticeable alcohol. This is a very strong flavored beer, I can see why aging is recommended.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle No. 6511 pours dark caramel with a small frothy creamy colored head, attractive lacing. † Abundant alcohol and and perfume on the nose. † Slight fruit notes, mainly pineapple, that seem to underly that alcohol aroma. † Strong sweet toffee up front. † This one is very smooth and creamy, very unique. † Finish is again very sweet, toffeeish, and a bit malty. † The 11.7% of this one is dangerously well hidden. † This is a class act Barley Wine that I bet will only get smoother and more flavorful with age. † Highly recommended.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
fusels, sweet, but not as much as I expected, still there's earthy English hop action detectable above the 11.7%. Thinnish and well-carbonated, beautiful. A great gift from rastacouere.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 03: Pours with only a trace of a head. Aroma is of Soy, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is of maple syrup, a bit of chocolate, a sweet soy, a slight alcohol, and a mild bitterness cleaning away most of the sweetness on the finish. The aftertaste is long and sweet much like port. This is the best English barley wine I have had to date. Very nice.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2003, bottle #13882) Clear, deep brown with trace of beige head. Aroma is sweet, strong caramel, butter, some vinous, trace of whiskey. Taste is sweet, caramel, vinous, honeydew, finishing with alcohol warming tinged with peat. Full body and oh so smooth.
igneous1 (1500) - 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 (2478) - 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.