jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the eccentric cafe. deep ruby amber with a thin beige head. extreme malt in the nose, typical barleywine notes of spice, raisin, alcohol. excellent thick malty body, tastes much as the aroma would lead you to expect. an excellent barley wine!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich Brown Coloring. Tan Head. Very Rich/Thick...Sweet...Prunes/Raisins... Great Malt Taste...Warming is Good and Not Overpowering. Not the Best Barley Wine I’ve had...But Certainly a Very Good One.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured a cloudyreddish brown with a tan head. aroma caramel, sourness, honey, alcohol, molasses, raisins. flavor the 1st thing that got my attention was the smoothness and the great mouth feel, the flavors are just like the aroma with a touch of bitterness at the finish. I have to say that for me this is one of the better bells that I have had and so far my lowest rating is a 3.1 so they do it again for me
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a big head,almost spilt some,woulda’ pissed off the beer gods.
Beautiful hazy,cloudy,deep reddish brown covered by a tan pillowy head.Caramel, malts,brown sugar ,this is really a treat to look at and get a good whaft of.Taste is more complex then the aroma.Caramel for sure but the malt stands out as well.I do not find the alcohol offensive but this an older bottle and has maybe mellowed.A great Barleywine.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good creamy head. Medium brown. Cloudy with a number of solid pieces floating or sitting on the bottom. Alcohol and spiced malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel, edges towards syrup. Alcohol present in the finish. Spices are not as prominent in the flavour.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown in colour, no head, virtually no carbonation. Toffee, nuts and raisins in the aroma. Massive malt flavour, spicy hops and caramel, I think these flavours could have worked well in moderation. Too much trying to fit into too little.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn’t know this was a barley wine until I poured it. Anytime is barleywine time for me and what a great surprise. Poured thick with small head and sticky lacing. What a great aroma of caramel, cinnamon, fruitty and hoppy. The taste is freakin great. One of the best.
badgerben (4794) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2011 Original Rating, 8/15/2004. Dark amber color with lots of sediment floating about underneath a solid layer of tan foam. The aroma is like carmelized malt. This looks tasty... Woah, hello alcohol! The first thing that struck me was the alcohol flavor. More sweet malts beyond that. Oddly bitter for a barley wine; I think it detracts from an otherwise excellent brew. Perhaps some aging is in order.
Batch 7124 (Bottled Nov 14, 2005); Sampled June 14, 2011. I had been ageing a bottle for an experiment and I figured a great time to crack Third Coast would be while camping in the UP on the shores of Superior. Dark brown color with no head. Strong molasses, brown sugar, syrupy aroma, with hints of fruit. Flavor is mostly a caramel, Munich malt mix. Light molasses. Some herbal character and leftover fruitiness. Solid, though I’m not sure I actually like it better aged, at least, this aged.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy amber brown color, full and fluffy beige head. Great nose, lots of sweet chewy malts, caramel, and quite a few leafy hops. Flavor starts out nice enough, fat and sweet malts then overtaken by this extreme dryness with some bitterness. They don’t blend well together at all. The dryness certainly detracts from the palate which starts out smooth and round but finishes in a way that makes drinking it difficult. Some very good elements, its just too bad they make room for the not so good ones. Thanks NorthYorkSammy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red amber with a thin white head and small lacing. Caramel aromas with grape cough syrup, brown sugar, spices and fig. Flavors are much the same with more brown sugar and bittering hops. Cloying palate. Tart and sweet with a bitter hop finish.