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.
Suttree (5293) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown, no head. viscous body, sugary, fresh bread aroma. Big malt profile - cereal, biscuits and muffins, all at once. Alcohol pops up for a second, then leaves. finish is surprisingly dry and peppery, leaving you, the beer drinker, wanting more.
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Frothy-thick, cake-like head above an opaque amber. Fresh aromas. Incredible mouthfeel; smooth, rich, deep and rewarding. Malts were very rich and deep. Notes of caramel, toffee, rock candy, molasses and chocolate. Balanced hop bitterness. Warm alcohol. Toasty finish. With each sip, my mouth and mind went for a little ride. Wonderful beer.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm rating this beer retrospectively. Its been a few months since I had it, but I don't see myself getting it again for a while, so I'm going to go ahead and rate it. Tastes and smells exactly like a barleywine should. Rich maltiness dominates, nice fruitiness (raisins, dates, dark fruits), spicy hops (no citrus), and some peppery alcohol. Flavor amtches the aroma. Full body, medium-low carbonation, some warming from the alcohol. In my mind, this is an ideal barleywine. When I visit Ohio for the holiday, I will certainly be picking up some of this.
BBB63 (6234) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My last bottle from 1999. Murky chocolate brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. Aroma is heavy molasses, raisin, apricot and burnt malt. Hints of sugar cookie, earthy yeast, aromatic hops. Minor alcoholic nose. Big fruity sweet taste initially with a dose of bitterness, spiciness and smoke towards the finish. Sticky and oily mouthfeel is accompanied by a warming alcohol presence. The brandy comparision is appropiate. Different from many barley wines as this one is more sublime in it's attempts to overthrow your palate, complex still enough. Very good brew and the aging seemed to work well. I have 2001 and 2002 bottles to compare. Highly recommended.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden yeast floaties in this dark brown beer. The head is well developed half inch. Smells like cookies, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar, cereal, smells awesome. Bitter flavor at first, not very sweet. Subtle and rich. Its like a bitter candy, maybe toffee. Very nice.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thin head and nice lace on the sides of the snifter. Due to the sediment and the color, it is not the most attractive glass I've had. The aroma is malty and hoppy. The taste is malty with a good dry finish and not a sweet as other Barley Wines. The pallet is only moderately thick for a Barley Wine. I like the subtlety of this one.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks deep brown and orange, murky and thick. Head faded rapidly. Aroma of dense, sweet malts, with a citrusy note at the end. Flavor initially is of thick, almost cloying malts, with only bitterness from the hops. As this beer warms up, the flavors really open up. Toffee and caramel from the malt, balanced by citrus hops, with notes of orange. Much, much better when warmer, as brandy notes develop as well. Thanks for the 2nd bottle Indra, now I have one to let rest a while.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber/brown body topped by a thin off white head with a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with good fruity hop notes and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor to start, turning piney from hops with a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly tingly and warming.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark red color,small head that faded fast.Small amount of suspended yeast that didn't seem to want to settle.Malty,caramel taste with a nice hint of fruit and hops.The after taste being much the same with a nice wine like medium heavy feel.This is a wonderful brew and well worth seeking out if you can find it.