freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Dark auburn with a THICK everlasting tan head. Butterscotch, caramel and sweet green apples in nose. Tart candied apple flavor. Though it is a barley wine, it is unusually thin bodied. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, as it makes it very easily drinkable.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to give Matt alot of credit here. In Vermont anything over 8% abv falls under some serious legal stipulation, so making something that resembles a barleytwine under that mark takes some doing. Though it is more of a brown ale it is now one of my house beers. Deep clear brown color with a small head. sweet taste and aroma, but a hint of clensing finish.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Body is brown, slightly hazy with a disappointing close to absent head. The aroma reminds rubber (and I think it's the first time I write this...), but also Cortland Apples as well as original pomegranate. It's a little sourish for a barleywine (it's not really a barleywine at all) with definite apple fruitiness as well as celery and bread. Mouthfeel is rather thick and adequate, but the aftertaste is a little unpleasant reminiscent of sweet boiled vegetables if anything.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Acid green apple wholeness and yeasty toffee turmoil...Sour grapes staring through an arid, bready moorland...Same apple character and same not-to-style but still somewhat interesting beer as their Whitetail...
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another very light, but very drinkable barleywine, but that label is pushing it slightly. I would not call this the best barleywine, if I would even call it one in the first place, that I have ever had, but it is very mellow and smooth, with alot of flavor. Alchohol is well hidden, the taste is syrupy and sweet, with just a slight bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours mohagony, off white head. nice english style celery and herby hop aroma. some dark malt and dried fruits, but the mouthfeel is a little thin for a barleywine. finishes slightly roasty and eathy, but again, thin for a barleywine.
dmcguriman (10) - USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great drinkability. It keeps me coming back for more. That's the problem, my wife banned me from this beer due to what overconsumption of a 7.5% will do!
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown, with a large foamy head. Malty, fruity aroma. Medium bodied, malty with a mild bitterness. I haven't tried too many barleywines, but this is definitely the best I've had.
fraternie (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby/garnet body, yeast present in the thin head. Rich burnt caramel aroma. Some great sweetness in the malt, burnt notes, caramelly. Finish is fruitier, a bit hoppy, but overall too thin to make this beer "great." Soft, very smooth finish. Very good for a brown ale but not complex or strong enough to really be classified as a barleywine.
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Barleywine...ish was my first impression, but nothing was quite right. color was much to dark, almost black with just a hint of red when held to the light. body was to thin and the flavor was just mildly malty. that said this was by no means a bad beer, but just not what i expect from a barleywine.