JorisPPattyn (9532) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark chestnut. Virtually no head – whatever is there, is brownish. Nose of brown candi sugar and patchouli (!??!), later hops and (sorry!) seaweed. Taste is very malty, a few sweet, and a lot roasted/bitter malts. Hops, too, not very noble or subtle. After a while, the bitterness gets medicinal (quinine-like) in character. Chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is there, but masked. Bittereffect just goes on and on. But I’m missing some – any – refinement. I’ve had better in this style. This just hopes to punch.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2003 Hazy deep amber-brown. Small moca head. Rich sweet aroma typical of barley wine. Flavor starts tangy, rich and sweet followed by a nice hop bite and finishing dry and hoppy with a long mouth watering bitter aftertaste.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color, so much so that light barely passes through it. Not much as far as head goes on this one. Smell is the sweet, somewhat typical aroma of barley wine. Nice bite on this one initally. Much like the rogue imperial stout in that respect, however this diminishes much quicker. Which is where the malts and hops fill in. Rather nice flavor from the malts that leads into the hopy finish.
sntckr (6) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 tasted in Apr 2003. Red w/ small orangeish, tan head. When held up to light it appears cloudy (can see tiny particles suspended --after all it is unfiltered). Aroma is hoppy w/ slight citrus. Big, bitter bite w/ just a tinge of citrus; the bitterness is the taste that lasts. Can taste and feel the high alcohol content. A long hoppy/bitter finish. Definitely big.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful ruby red color with a smallish tan head. Aroma is hoppy and slightly fruity. Flavor is very bitter throughout, with decent amount of malt and some caramel notes. Way too bitter for me, not well balanced. But still an interesting brew to try.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2003 2003
rated from krustyburger2
Dark ruby red with a thin tan head. Some lacing.
Smells very hoppy and sweet.
Very bitter. Alcohol is very strong too. Sweetness and hops should mellow well together.
Very rich and thick on the tongue.
6/10, 5/5, 5/10, 3/5, 15/20 = 3.4
2002 resample (10/2003)
Dark ruby red body with a nice light tan head. No lacing.
Malty and clean aromas. Raisin/plum aromas as the beer warms.
Sweetness from malt and a still large whallop of hop flavor. Alcohol and hops have mellowed but still not mellow. Sweet.
Big body and big mouth feel. Glad I have a few more in the cellar.
6/10, 5/5, 6/10, 3/5, 16/20 = 3.6
TheBeerGod (6029) - 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.