Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep anber-brwon colour, sweet candy malt aroma. Flavour: figs, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. yummy.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unimpressive. Barleywine or not this was one of the weakest holiday offerings i have had. Watered down, slightly hoppy and spicy tastes, really boring. There is some flavor but not much.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Very dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Flavor of malt, berries, alcohol and hops.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2001
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís not a barley wine. It tastes
somewhat watered down to me. Very disappointing.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
While certainly not a barleywine, itís quite good. Medium-bodied, with a decent head. Nice hops on it, with an interesty spicy, licorice-ey finish. Good stuff.
dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty with a bit of hops. Call me a hophead but it seems rather mild to me.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very malty with a little bit of hops thrown in. This is really good stuff.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, almost deep brown with a reddish hue to it. Real smooth. Not a lot of hops, but the label says theyíre using East Kent Goldings...no extra hoppy harshness, thatís for sure. Just enough balance to make this brew very warming, almost like wine. Kind of a hybrid between alt ale and barley wine. Iím not tasting added spices in this one, all of the complex flavors seem to be coming from the various malts and hops used in the process. I like it and Iíll bet itíll cellar very well over a yearís time.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 7, 2001
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cola tang and aroma, whisky and wood. Much better as it warms. The tannins arenít soft yet as this is still very young. A solid and pleasant though not punishing bitter finish. Doesnít have the dextrin softness of the best English brews. I can re-taste when this ages but this brew in front of me is nowhere close to holiday brews from Boonville, Sierra, Deschutes and Full Sail.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2001
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definately more of an Old Ale than a barleywine. A lot of malt with a licorice like finish. Pretty good winter brew.