matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two of RB’s greatest are to thank for hooking me up with this beer, both BigBadBear63 & Indra, both guys Kick Ass!!
Vintage 2000: Thanks to BBB63.
Pours a deep murky amber / brown body, with a small rocky cream colored head, big sheet of lacing drape the glass. The aroma is persistent with malt, outsized fruity notes, plums, watermelon, fig, & tangerine, other obvious suggestions of, caramel, clove, grapefruit peel zests. The flavor is a mass of malted caramel and citric hops, complex indeed!
The finish is rather sharp, a colossal kick of intensely sweet then illustrates into a bitter camouflage, truly unique….. Palate is creamy and supple, gasps of alcohol warm my esophagus and stomach on the chilliest day FL has had this winter.
Amazingly well crafted brew.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy caramel color with a thin creamy head. Slight pineapple aroma well paired with english toffee. Lightly carbonated. Sweet elements dominate the body, balanced nicely by a slight hop bite. Wonderful thick mouthfeel. As she warms some of the bitterness gives way to the malty goodness. Complex finish that seems to linger on and on. Oh how this would pair with a fine Honduran cigar.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color with off-white half inch head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and a hint of hops. Flavor is strong of malt yet balanced well with hops. Bittersweet. Dry almost spicy finish. Very nice, warming, barleywine and likely will only get better while it ages in the bottle. I'll have to hold onto some of these.
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma a mixture of malt and hops. Appearance is right for the style, reddish brown with off white head that is retained. There is significant lacing. Taste is significant, malty with nice hop presence as well. Straddles the line between malt and hops perfeclty as a great barley wine will. Wonderful flavor which is not too sweet, very important to my taste buds. Alcohol warmth rounds out the package. Excellent barley wine.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy redbrown beer.
Notes of merengue, roasted barley and chocolate in the aroma.
Spicy flavor with tones of merengue, chocolate and peanuts.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark color. perfectly balanced flavors of malt hops and alcohol. Great.
egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy reddish brown color with a small, yet coating yellowish tan head. Dark fruits and malted aroma, very sweet. Slight hop taste, some caramel/molasses malt then a spicy, peppery finish. This was a surprising ale, and I loved it! Thanks for dropping this one off BrianO!
TheBeerGod (5363) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks again to redlem for yet another beer! Pours a clouded copper-red with a medium tan head. Nose is malted with spice notes - cinnamon or nutmeg - along with ripened fruit. The taste expands on these but adds some tartness and a semi-dry mouthfeel. Finishes with some fruit and yeast notes. Outstanding barleywine! Will need to get another to age.
beamish (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Possibly the best old ale or barley wine style beer brewed, a little lighter than the style might call for but very easy on the palate. A quick swirl of the bottle before the last pour will bring out any yeast that might have settlet on the bottom of the bottle.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff is really great, a little light on the palate then I prefer for this style, but a truly great bw none the less. Pours a dark brownish amber color, with a big creamy head. The flavors are of dark fruits with some sharp cheese flavors and aromas coming through as well. Flavor is very full and interesting right up until the finish, which is much like a sweet biscuit taste.