steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Very good. Looks like feces. Tastes better and better as it warms. In fact, do not drink this - too - COLD. A nice variety of flavors. Something for a small group of good friends... On a camping trip. Itíd be good for the holidays. Warms you up with a hearty smile. Very special. UPDATE 1/30/05: wow. i havenít had this beer in such a long time. well, itís not how i remembered it albiet wonderful. i chilled it in my fridge, then drank it very slowly. it definitely tastes smoked, a bit salty, and quite complex. emphasis here is not the hops. thereís also caramel, wood, and dark fruits and spices. aftertaste is quite woody, bitter, and salty. what stands out the most is the salt and smoke. this is awesome! however, iíve downrated since iíve grown more experienced. (original: 9/2/9/4/19, now 8/3/7/4/17) has the recipe changed? have i tasted not the same vintage?
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep copper with the yeast in suspension. A malty, toffee, alcohol aroma. Sweet with toffee, alcohol. Very heavy in the body and a very smooth palate. Great flavors...I needed more time with this beer.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definately one of my favorite beers! I have a six pack saved from 2 years ago and just cracked one open. Wow amazing nose with fine head that quickly dissapates. Somewhat murky dark amber color. First taste is a winey carmel sweetness that quickly makes its way into the hop zone. It seems to have mellowed from when I last tried. The taste is flooded with complexity (prunes, raisins with cherry notes and even a whisp of tobacco) Wait for this one to warm up and be amazed. Buy some now and put away for a couple of years !!
OldGrowth (2592) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Fruity,cherry/prune/raisen. Kinda high abv scent in it. Clear rusty brown color. Poured sediment into smaller glass. Small head faded quickly. Pruney/honey/tad grapefruit bitterness. Medium to full body. Creamy/syrupy. Very tasty. Can see why it is so popular.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mmmm. Not quite up there with Victory Old Horizontal, but damn close. This one hits you like a sledgehammer.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has to be the best barley wine I've had. It's a nice brown colour with a rather small head. Aroma is sweet, and very fruity - alcohol isn't very noticeable. Very nice, very smooth mouthfeel. One of the best of the night.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours a dark brownish-orange color with a very thin light beige head. The aroma is strong malt with a little raisin and caramel. The body is very robust, with flavors of malt, peppery alcohol, berries and brown sugar. There is a lot going on in the flavor but it all meshes well. The finish is a little tart for my taste but I imagine an older bottle would be more mellow. I will definitely try this again.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice clowdy color, with a tad bit of foamy head. Flavor is very warming, as a good barley wine should. Very crisp barly malt flavor and just an all around good beer. I wouldnt pick this one before old horizontal, which was my last barley wine, but this one is definately worth goin after.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Num.(No, not numb, num. As in nummy) Park a load of malt in my mouth and hear me say thank you. Plum D*lishez. Nicely balanced if leaning to the aforementioned malt. While I like the many hop demons that buzz about, this was a most excellent vacation. I will look to head to this coast once again. With thanks to jsquire
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. ruby brown color with medium small head that lingers. Very complex flavors going on.Apple,nuts,maple,raisins and toffee are some tastes that come to mind.Aroma is slightly hoppy with a touch of citrus. Alcohol is well hidden with a little spicy hop taste that warms you. Finish is long with nice bitterness. Truly worth the two expidition stouts that I traded Fraternie for.