NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially, this was nothing like any barleywine I had ever had. Rather, it came across as being an I2PA. As it warmed some, it grew thicker and a bit sweeter. Next to a sample of 90 min, it wasn’t as sweet, but also a lot less IPA like. Big hops dominated this ruby red brew with a nice character of malt to back it up. I really enjoyed this one and it was scarily drinkable. A very nice beer!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More of a floral/citrus/hop smell than I am used to in a barley wine. There is also a decent amount of barley there as well. Appearance is more of a brown deep red color and a thin red head. The flavor is more of a typical barley wine than the smell lets on. I heafty amount of malts great you in the first hit to the mouth then rolls over an lets the hops kick out the end of the mouthfeel leaving a bit of a scratch to your remaining palate.
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown yellow hue .. with orangy head.. Black tea like aftertaste... sweet flavour flowery like and Imperial IPA excellent beer... flowery aroma flowery taste... hopped quite abit.. brilliant....
Sammy (10326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Several malts are mentioned, but in the background here., Its barley you taste, and its good but not the best I have had in the style. Ok drinking barleywine but it doesn’t reasonate in my palate. Its washing down a meaty meal.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2005 bottle from l.e.s.
brown suger color
don’t taste much alcohol , not too fruity good shit doe
RE rate:2005 bottle. very hoppy aroma piney too, amber red color. full bodied, good balance between bitter hop flavas and the sweet cookie like malts, some grapefriut citrius flavas too. solid B"wine
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark rich amber hue with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is very floral and fruity, can really smell those cascade hops. Intense and hoppy profile, loads of cascade. Alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is thick and rich on the palate, leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. My personal fave from Sierra Nevada.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 2011-10-23. Dark amber body with a modest beige head. Pleasant aroma, modest green hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavour is similar, pleasant hops throughout, green leafy notes, modest resin character. Sweet caramel malt core. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/16+ 2010 Vintage Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
2003 Vintage Bottle bought at Premier Gourmet Jan-04 and cellared 9 months. Hazy orange amber body, small off white head. Aroma is mildly alcoholic with a touch of sweet caramel and toffee. Very drinkable flavour profile, but I found it a touch simplistic. Pleasant bitterness lingers for a while. Well balanced, not overpoweringly malty or hoppy. Decent, fairly thick palate. Nice beer but frankly a bit underwhelming. Maybe I was more concerned about the barleywine we were trying to brew while sampling this! 6/3/7/3/4/16
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 Bottle. Hazy orange/brown pour. Frothy head. Strong sweet alcohol aroma, with citrus as well. Taste is not as overpowering as the alcohol and style would suggest - I would even go so far as to say it is a drinkable barley wine, while taking nothing away from the beer or the style; most barley wines I have had tend to be nice novel experiences, but not something I ever plan on repeating - this beer I could drink again, and look forward to doing so. It is quite bitter, but balanced with warming alcohol and bottom line, a great drinking experience. Thanks to jercraigs for the sample.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big malt with soft piney hop aroma. Deep amber brown with creamy beige head. Lovely tootie rool with bitter finish. Very full mouthfeel. Great beer to sit back for an hour and carefully sip.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great barley wine! Lived up to everything I had heard about it. Smelled great, tasted better! Light lacing and wonderful color.