Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Balance this and you might have a beer. Way too much alcohol and hops. Are you embarrased with the malt or just choose to leave it out?
Brewmaster (168) - USA - FEB 25, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(1998 Bottle) I really enjoyed this barleywine. I guess i was lucky enough to find one 3-4 years old. I would like to sample other years to compare it to.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best Barlywine Iíve found around(which doesnít mean much), and wow it packs a kick.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Awesome bite to this one...strong as all hell, but certainly one worth a sippiní. Unfortunatly, Rogue has done better.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 I was disappointed here. Had this right after Behemoth for a style comparison and it wasnít even close. Darker body than I am used to in a barleywine, and completely headless. Malt flavor improved as it warmed, but in classic Rogue fashion, this beer is way overhopped for the style. Sometimes they can pull it off but the last thing I need is a barleywine that isnít hopped right. Alcohol flavor fairly well covered but the hops annoyed my palate. Balance it out fellas!
Re-rate 11/10: Huge and hoppy, with deep caramel maltiness. Hops overpower. Rating confirmed.
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
í98 version: little to no carbonation present, dark copper in color,light lace on glass, hop aroma minimal but very present in the taste and it works well with the maple-like malt flavor, finish is warming and dry from alcohol content and pack a wallop of hop bitterness and flavor.Smelling this for the 2nd time, more of the malts are evident: roast and maple/raisin notes evident. Best when aged for no less than 3 yrs, otherwise out of balance when young.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2002
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
What the hell IS this? It tastes and feels like industrial strength suntan lotion, with intense bitterness and hints of charcoal, citrus, and, on good moments, cedar and sherry. Just too much going on in here and not much of it pleasant.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A really huge beer. Complex flavor profile - very little bitterness. A little medicine-like and astringent. Not bad.
Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
1997 bottling, drunk on 1/23/02. Definitly mellowed with the age. Some nice toffee and molasses flavors in the malt. The hops had faded quite a bit. No hop aroma and the bitterness was a bit harsher than I expected. Maybe some of the smoother alpha acids deteriorate faster than the grittier tasting ones.
Some oxidation was present, but not bad considering it was a five year old bottle.
Alcohol flavor was present but not overwhelming.
Overall, Iíd expected more malt and complexity for this big a beer after five years. A good beer, but it didnít make me want to break open the í99.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Do you like hops? If not, don't try this! I love hops, this might just be my favorite Barley Wine/Beer, and Yeah that Alcohols real apparent isn't it?... Good, thats the way I like it. Soothing and madeira-like. Would've given it 5 stars but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for something better!?!?!?!
re-rate: Man has this changes a lot over the years. Same with the Imperial Stout. There just not what they used to be. Thinner, less hoppy. Dissapointing.