jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle - Slightly cloudy orange with a very nice dense light tan head. Caramel malts and bitter hops rule the show. The flavor is quite nice, caramel with lots of hoppy bitterness. Very well put together. Full body. Very nice and very drinkable. Thanks to argo0.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2003) Light copper with small beige head. Aroma is sharply bitter grapefruit, some herbal, wort. Taste is grapefruit with solid malt backbone. Finish is grapefruit/herbal hoppy with medium alcohol. Medium-full body. Damn this is a fine barleywine. Many thanks to fly.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2004 Re-rate, 2003 Vintage:
It had been sitting on the shelf of the Whole Foods here in Austin for more than a year. OHHH MY!! This is significantly better than the 2004. Much lesssteric and much more full of hops, yeast and barley flavor. The pour is excellent. Not much head, in fact just a small atoll at the edges of my glass. Nose has a minty freshness to it, at least it is as abrasive as mint is and just as sharp. Next comes the typical citrus and pine that the 2004 had. Also present is swiss cheese. All of these aromas are much more crisp, much more defined and much more palatable this time around. Taste is considerably of brown sugar, pine and grapefruit, especially however brown sugar. Find this brew. Buy two. put a straw in one and drain it as fast as you can and cellar the other.
For all of the hatred this beer gets, I really liked it. Very copper colored and not much of a head. Smells like vanilla, bourbon and rubbing alcohol. The nose could use some work. This brew had been sitting on the shelf for nigh on 4 months maybe 5 so itís had a little time to mellow out. Flavors are lovely. Whoever below pointed out the over ripened fruit was dead on. Hints of bourbon and vanilla just like the nose only without the astringency on the forefront. Salt as well is prevalent. Mouthfell is excellent. Coats like cough syrup. Good brew. Buy 2. Drink one cellar the other.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle, goblet. Grain, nutty, caramel and sweet dark bread malt (H); grapefruit hops (M); apricot, peach, brown sugar, toffee and a hint of hazelnut. Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty good, but it comes across sickeningly sweet like over ripened fruit. Deep ruby-peach body with an amazing, eggnong white, creamy, well lasting head. Extrememly sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish with a husky, astringent aftertaste. Heavy body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: WAY too sweet, acidic...tastes like over ripened fruit...just makes me reel.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Cloudy glowing golden-orange color. Caramel, gets sweet from midway to the finish. Nicely hopped, rich. Thanks again fly.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a bit too hop-forward with all of the acidic character that you'd expect. a nice malt presence with molasses, caramel, soice & clove, but overall, a yeast and acidic presence thateads me to believe that the beer could use a year or more to age.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-2004-purchased at grapevine market, Austin, Tx-Pours exactly like your typical Imperial IPA. Medium aroma of citrus, currants, pineapples and slightly metalic. wierd body-somewhat thin. flavors start out sweet-citrus, pine, pale malts-pretty unbalanced. I dont know if this would age good. even with the unbalanced profile, the alcohol is very well hidden for a beer this potent. not bad, but not great either.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours with no head. Smells berry, fairly nice, but the flavor is almost all alcohol. Normally I would enjoy this, being as I like sweet mixed drinks, but this was not very pleasant.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
2004 - The beer was strong, 12.4%, but it, again, tasted like it was pure alcohol. Rubbing alcohol. Never drink a Real Ale! Worst Barelywine I've had yet! Give a an Old Nick's over this anyday!
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, I always look forward to the barley wines at this time of year. Real Ale has never let me down. This year offers a fruit-cake nose with an abundant amount of Cascade hops. The palate is sweet and warming, but the finish is a tad bit over done with the Cascade. Overall, a fantastic treat.