TheBeerGod (5862) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 1998 vintage. Empties a dark hazy brown with almost no head. The first scent I recognize is of mocha and some hoppiness. This has a definite bitterness in the mouth with some malt sweetness and some yeastiness. Dry long coffee-like finish with a slightly sour aftertaste. Recommended.
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 03-16-2003. Sampled 1/3 of a 12 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2002. My first barley wine. Deep orange amber color, thick and murky, with very little head or lace. I can smell lemon, honey, grapefruit, and orange like odors and a little malt. Reminds me of a hot totty. Maybe barley wine can cure a cold. This is definately the bitterest beer Ive ever had. The bitternes tastes like orange and grapefruit rinds. As I adjust to the bitterness the good malt flavors become noticeable. A great way to warm up on a rainy day. Now I know I like this beer style.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a light bubbly tan head that let trace circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spice and raisins. A flavor of malt, caramel, raisins and a touch of spice. It has a nice silky medium body to it and has a sweet, yet slightly peppery aspect to the finish. A fine barleywine which will probably do better with age.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2003 New......Had the 1995 vintage on tap at Eli Cannons during the Rogue tasting. Cloudy ochre brown, with a slim khaki colored head. Aroma is very smoothed out, nutty and malty, with hints of black cherry and currant. Alcohol is apparent. Flavor is extremely malty, hops are subdued and tranquil, with plenty of complexity. Aged very nicely. Diminished apple fruitiness, with plum, black cherry, and raisin. Very port-like. Slightly metallic alcohol flavor, with a strong hoppy and alcoholic finish. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel, with the rim of the glass getting sticky. Very warm going down. This beer gets better and better the older it gets......Old.......Had both the 2001 and 1998 bottlings in a sitting. 2001 is very robust and heavy, with a massive hoppiness and rich maltiness. A kick-you-in-the-face beer. Slightly cloudy deep bronze color. 1998 was much the same, in color and aroma (hops and big maltiness), but very smoothed out and refined. I definitely preferred the 1998, for it's aged qualities, and it also seemed to be balanced a little better. Rating is for the 1998.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Well-balanced--sweet, bitter, fruity, flowery, alcoholic. Not too complex, but very enjoyable.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Pours with a dark, murky, reddish color, very typical of b-wines. Has a very nice tan head with decent retention. This beer was brought into the world in 2001. Aroma reveals both sweetness and hops. Lots of alcohol, with hops winning the battle over the malts. Very good.
Rerate: Dude, the 1998 rocks.
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled in 1999)
Dark amber color. Strong malt/alcohol aroma on pouring. Feels thick. Nice balance fruit (plum)flavor at first then the hop bitterness on the way down. A very solid Barleywine.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A goood barleywine. Nice amber color and light malty aroma. Solid hop bitterness. Definitely one that needs to be aged a while.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 96'vintage/draft:2 weeks prior to this I had a fresher 12oz bottle and really didn't care for it.This was hazy-oarnge,with a small, head that lasted quite a while for such a old beer.Aroma was juicy malts,earthy hops,and a pleasent oxidation I haven't encounterd before.Mouthfeel was mellow and round.Great malt flavors,delicious earthiness and the finish was musty and herbal.So much different(10 times better)than the bottle I had a couple weeks ago.Excellent!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 Draft: Deep caramel color. Malty nose. Quite complex. Hops have mellowed nicely and right into my taste range for barleywines. Excellent!