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 (4869) - 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 (1844) - 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.
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Bottled.
A well balanced Barley Wine. Nutty nose, big malty, fruity Madeira. Big bitter finish, almost salty.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Pours a rusty brown with a medium head that fades to a thin sheet of bubbles that stay. Aroma is caramel, toffee, some dark fruit and a bit of hoppiness. Flavor is a very nice blend of caramel, toffee, some dark fruit balanced very well by a strong underlying bitterness. The finish bring a bit of chocolate, some hoppyness, and a slight waft of alcohol. This barleywine has all of the standard flavors and not much more but what makes it good to me is that all of the flavors all express themselve at what I think are near perfect levels. Very nice masterfully crafted barleywine. Thanks to Silphium for this great bonus beer.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very strong flavor is malty and sweet, though a bit sugary, and fairly bitter, especially in the finish; The alcohol is evident; Sweet and sticky, but fairly bitter on the palate; Malty, sweet nose; Ruddy brown color and slightly cloudy; Tan head has an orange hue and has good life
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 Bottle: Guess what, Kalamazoo Brewing really is all that it’s cracked up to be. Again, I am blown away by the quality of their beers. Pours a rich caramel copper color with a medium and very long-lasting head. Aroma is unbelievable, like smelling an elixar of the gods and yet homey, what ever that means, I’m not sure, but it is excellent! Flavor is caramel, but overpoweringly so, and balanced with a hop bitterness that brings the beer to its style. Actually, this beer transcends the style and approaches a different, in not better, style in its own right. Body is silky rich and the alcohol is perfectly pitched. A great beer, and perhaps the best barleywine I’ve run across.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured amber-garnet with a slight head that left some lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malts, dried dark fruits and sour fruits as well. Great flavors, complex, sweet and malty, alcohol and nice hoppiness in this 2003 version as well. Smooth, full, thick body with little carbonation. Nice treat from Bells!
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy amber color. This is lightly carbonated and has a wispy amber-brown head. There are thick juicy aromas of aged malts, figs, raisins, and a bit of alcohol at the end. This has a medium body up front, which leads to a fuller mouthfeel in the finish, it almost coats my mouth. There are lots of dried fruit notes here (fig, and raisin predominantly), but a huge malty contribution is here as well. The malt goes from a sweet caramel note up front, right through to a dry toasted malt finish. The hops in this are somewhat restrained, but there is a definite contribution in the flavor, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. The dry maltiness in the finish is quite intriguing, it is what really jumps out for me. Right now this beer is a malt lovers dream.