hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really lovely! Thick, dark orange appearance, and such a creamy, buttery, sweet aroma and flavor...oh, and plump, juicy raisins! It goes down so easily...I can hardly find words to describe it! Excellent.
3fourths (8037) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Dark opaque brown hue. Typical barley wine nose of spiced fruit; apples, plums, pears, cinnamon. Nice full body, satisfying light carbonation. Flavor of smoked plums mixed with brown sugar and honey. Finish of ripe pears and grapes.
MrBollocks12 (2) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2003 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was the worse beer that I have ever tasted in my life. The lads at the brewery think they are very cunning with a 13.00 six pack. So I deceided hey Ill give it a whirl. It tasted like the time I was in boy scouts and my friend filled up our cantine with water from a muddy puddle
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark amber color, incredible aroma-butterscotch, chocolate and hops. Sweet and thick, tastes young, malty and well balanced by the hops. Finish long, sweet and slightly bitter. I assume this is a recent batch, although it's not marked anywhere, and look forward to trying it again in a year or two, maybe longer.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dense, creamy collar sitting atop a murky,light-brown/amber body (think light maple syrup). Constant bubbling
and some lacing on the glass. Fabulous appearence. Smells of apple, apricot, berries, sweet malts and trace alcohol.
Taste is big time sweet with rich, fruity malts up front balanced nicely with some hop spiciness. Aftertaste is bitter coffee,
that gets a little steely/metallic as the beer warms. Alochol kick is interesting. It arrives about 20 seconds after you take a sip
as a burn in the back of the throat, remniscent of cloroseptic. This is a great beer!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 vintageA vigorous pour only produces a small light tan head, the body is a murky caramel soup. The aroma is smoky, sweet caramel, light citrus hops, and light alcohol. The flavor is sweet caramel, light butterscotch, alcohol, bitter hops, lightly acidic. Yum. Must be served warmish 50F and up. Full rich syrupy body. A great barley wine from a great brewer.2003 vintage 8/4/9/4/19 – 4.4. Very heavy malt and hops. Tastes like it will age nicely. Good dark amber color. Very heavy malt and hop aroma. Not as thick on the palate as some barley wines which actually is a good thing for this beer. Caramel notes and lots of alcohol. Loved it!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Malty and alcoholic nose with some hops. Hops almost smelled raw - like brew day. Never a bad thing in my opinion! Poured a cloudy medium brown with minimal head that quickly faded. The flavor is delicious! Malty, malty. Somewhat like an English Barley Wine - not overhopped like many American BWs. Don't mistake me, the hops are there, just not overdone. Nice balance. A very nice brew.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown color with a rocky, granite-like head. Surprisingly chocolatey aroma, though very mild and otherwise hard to discern. Amazingly balanced, rich flavor. Not ovewhelmingly rich (not thick, not viscous), just smooth and balanced. Slightly caramel, malty flavor with a hoppy, balanced finish. Quite good.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy tanned leather color with a small off-white head. An aged quality to the aroma:sweet,malts,winelike, yeast/bread. A strong alcohol taste that gets stronger with warming. Plum like malt taste, slight bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 Bottle 355ml
Appearance: Muddy murkiness of brown leaf with light hint of old copper. Very dense medium large top.
Nose : For such big brew aroma felt bit light. Sweet fruity sugar dipped plum like, light lactic hints. Soft sweet cherry are found with time.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied. Strong fruity character is shown. Sweet and digestible, its sweetness partially balanced with hop side. Brown malts with hints of fallen tree (bark). I liked it , lighter approach to barley wine . Why not, I like it but not love it.