VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Not strongly hopped enough for a Barley Wine although it could be called a srong ale and do well. Other raters have mentioned its "watery" flaovor and I agree. An OK beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Brewer said this stuff is brewed in Morrisville, VT in a 7 barrel system. He thought it very important to mention to me twice, so here it is. Also fair to mention there are 6 types of malt. I know I donít care. I do know I didnít like it. Maybe use less types of malt and more quality ingredients. Taste more like a brown ale.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown with a small white head. Malt and hop aroma.Bitter/sweet favor,malty, with no finish.Barleywine??? Strong ale maybe.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Bottled on 3/31/04, drank on 5/28/04 Ruby brown color, spicy hops nose that gives way to sweet malts. Then it falls apart. Weak bodied and watery for a barleywine, watery taste too. This is more like a brown ale than a barleywine.
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Metallic flavor throughout. Start is chocolatey and bitter. This persists throughout. This is not a barleywine. Tastes more like a porter/stout.
freekyp (1669) - 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 (6161) - 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 (8619) - 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.