scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 which is already aging nicely. Deep dark crimson with tints of brown. Tan lasting creamy head. Nose of sweet pine sap, grapefruit, fig, caramel, brown sugar, with some additional fuzzy fruit notes. Rich and juicy "C" hop flavors, pine, citric fruits, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy, bitter lasting finish. Still, and always will be, a freakin classic!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 12 ounce bottle, snifter, 2004. Caramel and toffee malt (M); grapefruit, spruce hops (H); heavy peach and alcohol aromas. Deep orange-red body with a tall, lasting, off-white head. Great lacing. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily bitter, moderately sweet, moderately acidic finish. Heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a bit more carbonation and acidity than I’m comfortable with.
Warfaust (2) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Simply one of the most powerfully flavorful and FUN beers commercially available!
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and alcohol flavor dominant, as you would expect in a barleywine. Not for the faint of heart, or a good idea when driving, but to settle down for the evening and put on a pleasant drunk with a good friend, this the product for you.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2004) Big light tan head from a little to vigorous pour. Settles nicely with some good lacing. Big aroma. Very floral with a good helping of pine. Major hops presence. Color is a nice dark orange/amber. Flavor is thick and syrupy. Big maltiness to offset the big hops. Some bitterness from the hops. Lots of hops in the finish with plenty of bitterness. Hides its alcohol well with the hops. A very good barleywine with huge hops presence.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 ReRate 2004 Vintage:
Magnificent! Pours a beautiful glowing dark amber/red with a thick off-white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, a ton of hops/pine, alcohol and a hint of pineapple. Taste is huge blast of HOPS!, along with very prominent notes of sweet dark fruits, pine, resin, tree sap, toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar and citrus qualities. Has the perfect amount of sweetness, not cloying in any way. One of the hoppiest barleywines out there. Very rich and flavorful. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is beautifully bitter. One of my favorite barleywines. Very smooth and drinkable with a perfect touch of alcohol. Highly recommended!
Eirikur (374) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dear me, where do I begin. This is a one hoppy Barley wine.Nice heavy taste with alot of hops coming at the end that kept for a while. This is one hell of a brew.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 RATING UPDATE: 2006 bottle poured a nice deep amber with a very light tan head. aroma as soon as I started to pour this in my glass the hops came out nice and strong, putting this to the nose got a nice sweet maltness comes out mixed with those big hops, than some pine, orange, grapefruit, slight wiff of alcohol. flavor, those hops are over powering even for a hop head like myself I like big hops beers and this one fills the hop cravings, tham once the palate got use to the hops they smoothed right out and the sweetness and malts calme out along with the citrus fruits and alcohol nice dry finish. rating not going to change
Had this before and liked it. I think i might have gotten a bad bottle.that said nice reddish brown color head off white and good lacing Flavor was a little strange for me bitter after taste that seemed to last a long time like it coated the inside of my mouth will have to try it again
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Dark with a reddish tint. Almost creamy, tan head. Big malts beaten into submission by mountainous hops that are piny and fresh.
Re-rated on July 6th 2008:
Caramel and citrus in the aroma along with alcohol. Not as spectacular as I thought originally so Aroma lowered from 9 to 8. Impressive resiny bitterness; just a drop on your tongue will have noticable flavour. Very good but not as good as I found it originally and this I also lowered Palate from 5 to 4 and Overall from 17 to 16.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
ohh yes!!! it pulled a rather big head considering this is a barley wine. The aroma has a strong hoppy nose, with some hints of grapefruit (??), peaches again (I´m smelling peaches in almost everything these days), citrus, and bitter pineapple. Taste was HOPPY, a hop explosion, something that I like. Nicely masked, perfectly balanced, everything in this brew screams to me that it´s made in the US, great beer!!