chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A real monster of a beer. Reddish bronze colour. Nose is dominated by typical US sweet resinous hops. Bitter orange, brown sugar, burnt caramel and licorice in the flavour, with plenty of balancing hop but its a bit sweet and cloying. Very intense. Almost too intense really. Not big on finesse, balance and integration. Big alcohol afterburn. I still kind of admired it though. Cask at GBBF 2004.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a nice and lasting head. Aroma from vanilla, syrup and some butter. Flavor brings some alcohol but also burnt syrup, some tobacco and a bitter finish.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany red with orange highlights. The head is a beige/yellow with low retention and sticky lace. The aroma is hoppy and fruity with caramel. Full bodied, syrupy and creamy with a biting finish. Flavor starts very hoppy with a sweet middle and a heavy hop finish.
IMHO: Heavy and hoppy. Could be a little green. Better over 60f.
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Re-rate
Wooden, vanilla, marzipan, oranges and nut aroma. A bit belgian yeast funk.
Hazy dark red brown, stable white lacing head.
Heavy malt, burned coffee hops
and wooden spices.
Cognac, fruit, wood, raisins -
fire in the end.
Medium heavy and oily.
Powerfull stuff - slowly gets too much though.
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a light dark beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums and some nice malt. Taste is quite wonderful with again the plums/raisins sweetness being noticeable. It ends with a wonderful warm feeling. Overall, this is a very good barley wine and would like to taste this again on a warm winter night.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 I’ve seen this stuff in the store for the last couple years but finally decided to grab some after reading all these good reviews.
2004 vintage served at about 50 degrees. Smelled it as soon as I popped the cap. Big hops aroma with a bit of sweetness. Poured a deep semi murky amber with a half finger head. Tasted fairly big hops with a mild malt presence. Bitter with a somewhat caramally finish that left the lips sticky.
Good but IMO highly over rated as I wasn’t that impressed.If it weren't for the great aroma I would have given this a 2.8. I’ll age 3 of these and see if it improves next year.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
reddish brown color little to no head. nice barley wine aroma of alcohol and fruit. very intense flavor. it is very rich and filling. the fruit and alcohol aroma follow to the taste and provide the rich and complex/intense bittersweet ss flavor. great hops/malts.
Hoppenheimer (5) - Schaumburg, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong hoppy, malty almost medicial aroma. Cloudy medium brown color. Rocky short lived head. Bitter (hops + full city roasted malts) initial taste fades to a sweet HOPPY aftertase. Way on the bitter side of malt/hop ballance (2000 model year tasted 8/19/04).
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
´98 bottle, thanks to mwsf. darkish brown with a bit of purple. huge aroma of sultana, sugar beet, pine. full and luscious in the mouth, oak and a hint of tannin tartness. not a lot of bitterness left in it after 6 years but still some grassy and fresh hop flavours in the finish
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Was amber with a tan head. Very hoppy bitter taste. I tasted this at a vintage beer tasting with unlimited samples. Not sure on the year, but it seemed very bitter. I will try this fresh when I get the chance.
Score has been updated, but notes have not.