Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer pours a somewhat hazy deep orange with a modest head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a light tan with a decent covering of lace. Nose is fusel alcohol, sweet malt, light bit of earthiness also noticed, and start is quite sweet, nicely malted and the top moderate in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops dynamically spicy; dry but somewhat sweet aftertaste, a decent a decent representative to the style and the 10.2 ABV does warm the tummy.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2003: Clear orange with a large white head. Huge pine aroma, oily/syrupy mouthfeel, starts off lightly bitter and ends sweet. Long solid aftertaste.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy texture and flavor, comforting and soothing with its maltiness and high alcohol content. Mild bitterness in the finish.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was smoked up the ass. Had a rich amber brown color to it and it gave a moderate amount of white head. Smells like an onslaught of alcohol and spices with some hops. Tastes respectably good. Great thick murky and malty with the smoothest finish of any barleywine i have had.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange/copper colored brew with good head retention. Very hopped up for the style.Citrus nose, bitter finish. Good full body with a little alcohol showing through.
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good golden orange color. Malty taste with the slight sweetness of carmel. Crisp but the alcohol shows its presence.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange color. Aroma is malty. A full-bodied Barleywine. Malty and hoppy and sweet. Complex mix of flavors. Some alcohol bite at 9.8%. Very smooth. Nicely balanced. Slight smokiness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Dark amber with a foreskin shaped head..Malty sweet but alcohol cannot be hidden...Not overbearing though due to some nice creamy notes...carmel-like, kinda toffeeish
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a very nice, lighter colored barleywine. seems to vary vastly from batch to batch, but after the initial oversweet, syrupy hoppiness goes away, a very good beer
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice, purely brown color. Quite hoppy smell, sweet. The taste turns out overpoweringly malty though. Not so great.