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.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a contribution from my favorite Texan, Fly. Murky beer that looks a lot like apple cider. The aroma however shows a strange elegance: soft peach and beeries with booze. The flavor is very tasty--the same fruitiness, also some pear flavors, but underpinned with major bitterness. But not that snappy, 10-day old Bigfoot variety--this is mellow and quietly powerful bitterness. A great tasting ugly beer.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 - Great malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. A very well made Barley Wine that ages extremely well.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber. Nice aroma, very hoppy with notes of honey and maple. I love the smoky feel in mouth which accompanies well the lemon, peaches, caramel and salt. Very hoppy as it warms, coniferous bitter aftertaste.
This seemed a bit underrated to me. Now you're talking Joet!
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (1-year-old, 2002 bottle)
Like a sonic flare, this explosive pine orchestra throbs frenetic, a palpitating hop organ devouring any thought of silence...An eminent cohort of cantaloups dallies forth, circling the growling core of alcoholic indiscipline, enticing the maple syrup bourgeoisie to salute the screaming conscience of pleasure...Triumphant, plurality is invoked by the monster citrus and the forbidden cacophonic tonalities are averted...8/4/9/4 17/20
(2004 vintage in 2005):
Juicy grapefruit and oranges are solidly grounded in the caramel malts and alcohol warmth...Earthy, resinous hop bitterness dance intensely with the orange rinds and fruity caramel...Another beautiful example of the style, if not unrefined at this early point in its life...8/3/8/4 15/20
(2005 vintage in 2005):
Floral, citrus hops proliferate to Double IPA levels, masking the caramel malts a bit too much for now...Resinous bitterness takes over the last half of the sip, treading over bubblegum sweetness...For now, this is a hop monster with a little too much carbonation and not enough sweet malts for my personal tastes in barley wine...8/3/7/3 15/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 vintage bottle: Beer pours nice cooper color, although I had to take a point away due to large amount of yeast clumps that dumped into my glass. After that the experience improved significantly. Aroma is rich with malt sweetness, alcohol, and prunes, very rich aroma reminding me greatly of Old Horizontal. Flavor follows up aroma. Sweet aged malt with alcohol and a hop bite in the end. Unlike some other of Real Ale's product, this is a very finished beer. I sincerely hope others can avail themselves of this beers greatness.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 Cloudy, almost cider in color. Sweet, hoppy. and chewy. Sort of reminds me of Bigfoot, only thicker and definitely not as good(the hops aren't as agreeable with the alcohol). Taste alot like alcohol at the end. Thanks go out to the Fly for this one.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Amber with a tan head. Rich and complex fruits and a little dry. This one took 6th at the festival. I was very impressed, and I had it on a blind rating not knowing the brewery when I had it.
MrDick (352) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival. Light amber pour. This barley wine is pretty hoppy. The IBU is not listed, but it must be >80. Tastes like a stone IPA with more malt, which is good because the hops hide the high ABV. This barelywine opens up a bit after warming with more floral flavors. This beer took 6th at the festival but I prefer others. Too bad the cutie with the back tattoo decided to leave.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Nice citric hop aroma. Firm bitterness. A bit over-the-top with hops but not bad. (Note: This beer took 4th place in the festival.)