beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is one excellent barleywine! Pours out an absolutely amazing dark caramel brown turning nearly black creating a beautiful tannish head of even, creamy thick foam about a finger high. Lace so finely stitched together it would make any embroidery connoisseur gleam of envy as it sticks in small curtains and has the staying power of a champ The perfect sight of creamy richness.
The aroma is soooo nice, all dark of caramel malt, deep and earthy, very rich with notes of maple, wheat, plum, raisin, dark chocolate, nuts, cookies, and a ever so faint trace of hops. Even the hint of alcohol seems darkened. I could smell this all day, if there was a way I could strap a glass of this to my face just under my nose I’d do it!
Hello flavor city! Deep, dark, rich, creamy, everything a growing boy needs. Mostly darkly sweetened caramel malt with rich packed flavors of robust, medium earthy tones throughout. Notes touching on plum and raisin, some maple syrup, dark wheat, and a bit of chocolate in there as well. Absolutely fabulous! Ohh, then there’s the beautiful finish of altogether sweetly earthed, perfectly bittering dry of hops just noticeable enough to make your eyebrows raise right off your forehead, so damn nice and perrr….fect! Mustn’t forget to throw in the nice little warming quality this has showing up ever so daintily as it gets sucked into your system and every pore in your body screams for more.
Super nice surprisingly light feel, smooth and creamy, lightly dancing mixture of bitterness, sweetness, and dryness. The feel is so surprising for something that seems to come across with so much robustness and heaviness making this unbelievably drinkable beyond comprehension. I’d like to try and think of one word to describe this beer, but can’t. So really all I can think of is Larry, in a word “Thanks!”
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like apple cider, deep amber and murky with sudsy head. Aroma is sweet and malty. This seems to be a classic barley wine in my opinion. Though not my favorite style or even one of my favorites, this is a well done brew. Very crisp and effervescent and very sweet like brandy. Alcohol seems to be buried which is also good.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Aroma is strongly based on fruit, sweet rich lavor, the alcohol is very present in this one, this is brew is pretty thick and rich, it’s hard to drink more than just one or two of these, but it really is fantastic stuff.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of floaties in this one. Poured a nice sized off white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Has a huge aroma, malty and hoppy. Has a moderate alcohol burn on the way down but it does go down well. I can't handle too many of these but it is very good.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This barleywine is highly impressive! Caramel and fruits in the aroma, but the flavor is filled with hops and fruits - an interesting combination, usually only found in the California beers. Dark copper color, lacing around the sides of the glass. I can really feel, although not taste, the alcohol. It's deviant, because it really sneaks up on you. Many floaties. A bitter bite to the finish balances it out. Not too sweet like many barleywines.
notalush (5323) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Whoa! This is a pretty extreme barleywine. Dark ruby, with huge floaties - very sweet and malty aroma - flavor is agressively hoppy, like many west coast barleywines, and the sweetness the beer brings is not cloying, like many extremely sweet ones - flavor is very complex - chocolate, plums, raisins, caramel, and lots of other flavors I can’t identify right now - thick and rich - a king among barleywines - kalamazoo may yet make my trip to the midwest worthwhile.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 didn't know what to make of this. Noticable flavour, spicy hops, caramel, some nectary kinda peachy notes, quite bitter. I think these flavours could have worked well in moderation, and it could have done without the raw alcohol that pops out right at the end. If anything it lacked balance and texture, definitely not boring, lots of flavour.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 12 oz. bottle It smells like oak bark and raindrops and tastes like liquid sun combined with lightly toasted barley. Of course... I may just be intoxicated. Nevertheless - the thickly opaque density of this grain wine, the iridescent golden head, the burning afterglow - this is a truly fine beer.
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
spicy/citric american hops, sweet toffeeish crystal malt, peach-lychee-woodiness, heavy bitterness, raw alcohol - shitloads of each of these elements which looks good on paper, or on computer screen, but they don't blend together in a nice homogenous texture - maybe too young? who knows. i can see why people here are going "WOW ZIP ZANG ZOWIE" and so forth from the sheer attack of flavour here, but i don't think it is a beautiful thing. thanks to the big duffer again
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! As I continue my venture into the dark, forboding recesses of the style known as barleywine, I am continually surprised by the depth of my experience in each beer. From hopped up holy shit!!! to whoa... thats fine, there is useually very little in-between. This is a pefect balance between the two ends of the spectrum. This beer is hopped, which, IMHO, is an absolute necessity for hte style. However, the malt complexity is beyond description. Caramel, Special B and Brown malt prevail, yet a slight astringency is well placed in this beer. The beer pours a deep mahogony red wiht a slightly beige or cream head. The aroma is well balances between hops and malt. The is evidence of alcohol, but not so pronounced as to throw off the karma-like balance. Hold on, I need another. There we go!!! This beers bitterness is unbelievably masked by the complex and in your face malt layers. Burnt marshmwllows come to mind. I need a night to sleep on this one. Will rerate in the morn. May be my fave!!!