11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown coloring. Aroma is not really happening for me, very slightly malty I suppose. Moderate lacing. Moderate to full mouthfeel, malty and then a big hop finish. As stated before, I think that I will leave the others for a few months. A nice beer.
1988 bottle: 8/3/6/3/14. Chestnut colored with a faster fading white head. Tobacco, chocolate and whiskey aromas. Oxidation is showing in flavor with a bit of tobacco, leather and slight cardboard. Alcohol still readily apparent. Nice for a 17 year old beer!
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 cap: Malty, oak, hop aroma; red-amber body with small off-white head. Big, sweet taste quickly followed by bitter hops & alcohol. Aftertaste of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Good, but needs to age -- alcoholic taste is too present -- needs to mellow out.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasant floral hoppy aroma with hints of fruit. Reddish hue with a light brown head. Strong bock like taste with fruity tones and a medium dry finish. A good barley wine.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Murky amber colour. Strong hoppy aroma. Smells and tastes more like a double IPA then a barley wine. Strong bitterness that dominates your palate for an age. Strong, strong bitter finish. From the Happy Deli, drunk watching ‘8 Miles’, in New York, somewhat different experience to the Wenlock.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 - Dark reddish brown body with a little tan head. Strong hoppy aroma over top of a sweet fruity maltiness. Flavor of citrus hops, alcohol, faint fruitiness. Overly dry, and bitter aftertaste. I'm hoping that this may improve with age.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2004. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. big hop aroma, american no doubt. Malty alcohol notes as well. Flavor is smooth on the palate, with the hops and malt blending well, yet the hops being the American C's of bigness to not disappoint the fans. Malt is sticky, yet balanced out. No aging is necessary on this vintage. Good effort.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 This is a really really good barleywine and cheap too at 1 buck per bottle. Lots of good flavor and fullness to this beer. A must try!!!
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
!!!!! my first barley wine too. this was a good evening- first barley wine and first imp stout. ok so- pours out dark red in color with a tan colored head. smells of citrus. hops out the ass. has a nice finish, and a very well detected presence of more alcohol. this is great- i really like it. too bad i had to drive an hour to buy a 6 pack of it.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber color with a large, extra creamy tan head. Strong hops aroma with a little malt. Extremely strong citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel flavors. Nice moderate carbonation with a dry hops finish. This is a very enjoyable barley wine. Everything about it is extreme!
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours medium brown color with light head. Bitter, fruity aroma. My mouth waters as this intense, heavily malted complex beer hits my tongue. Fruity and very bitter. A very full, bittersweet palate. This beer is a bit too bold for my taste buds. Still a high quality brew.