Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Moderate to full smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2007 vintage thanks to chef201atc poured a cloudy copper brown with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, dark fruit and hints of carmel and spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of sherry, toffee, raisin, light carmel, light spice and a hint of smoke with a smooth dry lingering bittersweet finish. Paired very nicely with Chimay Grand Cru cheese and french bread!
argo0 (13233) - 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.
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004: Orange amber with no head. Light raisiny malt aroma. Nice scotch malt with alcohol in mouth, with lingering hops, bitterness. Well balanced. Rich and oily mouthfeel. 7-3-8-4-15
2005: Sweeter than 2004, hazier, with thin white head. More hoppy and citrusy aroma, less oily mouthfeel. Lighter bodied, more like an I2PA. 7-3-7-3-14
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 2002 Vintage) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with floaties and a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, butterscotch, and cinnamon. Bitter palate. Sweet malt and hops flavor. Nice Barley Wine!
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks tronraner–pours a an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medicinal, sharp. Taste is medicinal, sharp, bitter, alcohol. Not right? Not my taste.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF ’07. Pours clear dark yellow with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of banana, dates, and butter. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; grainy meal taste.
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2007 12 ounce bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks! Pours a hazy orangish brown color with almost no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste is toffee, big earthy and citrus hops and a cheesy note. Medium bodied.
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles. Whaleman brought over the ’03 and I popped open an ’05 acquired in trrade with (thanks!). Poured a medium amber (the ’03 was hazy and the ’05 was clear) with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some dark fruits. The ’03 was definitely more caramelly (is that a word). Tastes of the same with some pine hops noted in the ’05 that was not in the ’03. Light alcohol burn in the finish. The ’03 wins.
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to legion242 for this behemoth. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.