duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite syruppy, with warming alcohol in the finish. Bitter hops finish, loads of hops. Caramelly/chocolatey malts, some roasty coffee. Loads of ingredients and flavour, some herbal notes. Once again with Rogue, you're guaranteed flavour, just a bit too syruppy and a touch cloying. (Bottle-GBBF 03')
thedm (5495) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap: This brew poured a medium sized head of small to medium sized light brown mostly lasting bubbles and an uncarbonated opaque brown body. It has an IPA like hop aroma and a strong hop malt spice flavor that I found very overpoweringly hopped. Its noticably high alcohol content appeared after a few sips.
rauchbier (3764) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. GBBF2003. Rusty red brown, low beige head, moderate condition. Big syrupy barley wine malt/raisin aromas, full bodied and laden with fruity malt. Bit of a relief to taste a big US beer that isnt hop dominated.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1998 vintage.cloudy brown color almost muddy looking.No head,nice aroma of malt fruit,mainly raisin plum and possible prune,slight bitter-sweet attitude in the smell.Malty taste at first mildly sweet with a mild fruit then the big switcheroo to hops,very bitter and bold they really take over the pallate and after taste leaving you with little more there is a slight wine like appearance in the after taste but it's so faint that it's hardly worth mentioning.This is not a very decent brew IMO it seems very one sided and not at all what i'm looking for in a Barley.I would prefer a Fishtale over this brew any day.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well this is a first for me; My first rating before lunch. It’s 11:50am on Sunday, shouldn’t I be at church, Nope! Old Crustacean?? That Chinook hops is overpowering; making this beer BITTER and DRY as all hell! The aroma is pleasant, nutty, floral sweet, caramel, toffeeish, but the flavor is a different story. I prefer my barley wines to be sweet and malty rather than hoppy and dry, this beer is giving me cottonmouth and and giant goobers; What a great combination! This is not a bad brew by any standards; it’s just not my type of drink. I want to know the IBU’s? Oh, it's F-ing 120!!
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in 2001.
A murky brown barleywine topped with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, prune, and bready malts. Little hops bitterness detected in the aroma. Flavor was likewise heavy on the malts, with a caramely, bready body touched with raisin and prune accents. Much like Harvey's Elizabethan Ale in this regard. Hops bitterness takes over the palate in the aftertaste, and these tones were a bit too harsh for my liking. Still, this is a well-crafted offering. BTW, the alcohol was very well-hidden.
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in colour with a lighter brown head which is actually fairly thick, considering that this is a barley wine. The smell is almost strictly hops. Some sweeter aromas pop up if you smell long enough, but there must have been some massive dry hopping on this one, especially considering its a barley wine (again). Full-bodied, very strong flavours initially. Those first flavours are almost all hops, but some pit fruit also comes to mind. The alcohol is very noticeable in this one, even more so than the dfh wws (my opinion). The beer finishs VERY dry and bittering. It's a decent barley wine, but it isn't smooth at all, and doesn't have near the complexity it needs, to be considered a 'world-class' beer. I bought this 12 ounce bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
boto (2064) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught: 1995 vintage. A local beer bar had an aged keg that had been brought from Rogue for a tasting night. I was very impressed by this beer. Time has been very good to it. The color is a rich copper color. Almost no head to it. The aroma is very malty sweet. There is a bit of hops to the nose. They are more prevalent in the taste, but time has married the hops and malts quite well. There is a sweet smoothness to the beer, with a subtle, but potent hop aftertaste. It seems as if it has to get awhile to get to this point, but well worth the wait if you have some to put down!
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent hoppy barleywine with a mish-mash of malty flavors that range from cookie sweet to slighty peated. Hops is everywhere. Actually pretty light for a BW, I didn't notice a bit of the 10+%. Hops again, and in the afterburps...mmmmmm...hops...
jaymobrown (1827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dense nose of malt, which hides the massive hops in the taste. A fine beer, but not something that I would really look for in a barley wine.