Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sour and sweet w/ hints of caramel apples on the nose, flowery and fermented fruit w/ citrusy notes in the mouth, this beer poured a reddish brown color w/ brown highlights and great head and lacing. Creamy and smooth. Nice medium body.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with a creamy off white head. Lace plus is what was in my notes, but I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean. An almost sour aroma greets you at first but quickly moves into a caramel and roast malts. Figs and dark crystal malts. Citrus is maybe making some of the sourness. Flavors bring out the bittering hops. Great caramel malts. Sweet malts come out next. Raisins and brown sugar. Alcohol. Thick, cloying and sticky. I like it. Finishes bitter with an awesome malt backing. Great.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny ruby color, oily slick head with some retentive rings of lacing like a rescue crew. Nose of sweet plums, malt, fig, licorice, alcohol. Super tasty smell. Tastes roasty and chocolatey with strong alcohol notes and finish. Complex, a bit balanced and very anticipated. I like! Strong alcohol in the finish and overall palate.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brownish color with little to no head. Nice malty aroma with some sherry and burnt caramel. Taste is candied sugar and sweet, toffee and light oak. Nicely maked alsohol. No burn, lightly hopped, really, really good. Addictive. Thanks HERFTYdrF (Andre) for this real gem.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Bottle pours mahogany, fairly clear, large fluffy sandy colored head, virtually no carbonation, but with sticky lacing. Fruity aroma, some melon, along with raisin and plum. Seems fairly sweet, with hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness, some nice caramel, vanilla, fig/raisin, and a soft hop presense. If this is 10.5% ABV, its quite undetectable! Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel. How could I continually pass this one up when its a damn local! Finishes mildly sweet, raisny/figgish, with a good malt background. Damn... a new recommendation from me for those who want PNW brews!
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium orange color. Small to medium white foamy head. Aroma is raisins, bananas and sweet malts. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Tons of banana, clove, brown sugar and vanilla flavors. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. A well-balanced barley wine. Very smooth. Finish is very clean. Very mellow as it has aged well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing this one as well.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barley wine pours with a cloudy, deep amber body topped by a thick head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and fruity with candy sugar notes and a ton of malt. The flavor is sweet and full of candy sugar with slight notes of fruit and a very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Fest thanks to the ever kind Dr. Bill. This beer pours a deep magenta color to nearly brown/black with a mildly thick tanned head which did not want to waft away. The aroma was very pleasant with raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, bananas, cloves, and hops being dominant. The flavor relies heavily of roasted malts and sugar. Total candy, caramel, vanilla upfront up til about mid-taste then the banana and clove takeover and gutwrench your tongue into a tizzy! Some alcohol presence, but almost moot compared to most barleywines of similar character. Tons of banana in the aftertaste...total grapefruity and acetic joy! Wonderfully aged beer!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a gleaming watery beet color with a thin but solid head atop. Burnt licorice aroma alongside some old veggies...nice thick body on which flavors of candy and licorice are laid.
BillKismet (3418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best barleywines available in my opinion. Deep, gorgeous maroon color with a ringed head. Sweet breezy cherry aroma and a flavor euphoricaly of peach-candy. Alcohol accentuates an apricot aroma and taste. Superbly balanced, cloying sweetness and alcohol are not a problem here at all. Nearly divine. Delectable, with an enjoyable sweet finish, like the sugar residue at the bottom of an instant drink. Now available year around due to its popularity. I would definitely like to try it again.