cathcacr (630) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first Barley Wine (and thanks to this wonderful site, I knew the best to pick, right?) and Iím really favorably impressed. This is quite a thick beer, from the appearance to everything else. Iíve never seen one that looked this thick. Lots of little particles floating around in a viscous medium. Dark orange-brown, and quite opaque with all that stuff floating around in there. Aroma and flavor give much citrus & fruit: peaches, orange, pineapple, and plenty of something else quite familiar that Iím sure other raters here can identify by name. Really big alcohol kick, so not for every occasion. Smooth and silky, much like Bellís Expedtion, though the alcohol is really well-hidden (except of course for that buzz in the head). Would I buy more of these? Gladly. Lovely, lovely stuff.
Indra (2569) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2007 Aroma of pineapple upside-down cake. Light orange-red color, cloudy, unfiltered with some slight sediment. Exceedingly dense and lasting head. Flavor is spiced liberally with hops but offers a solidly fruity, toffeeish malt profile. Finish has some nice piney hop flavors, but not a lot of bitterness, really, and the palate is rather soft. Mouthfeel is pleasantly laid-back, with a touch of alcohol warmth. This is excellent. Iím seriously considering making this the first beer I lay down for a year or two.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too carbonated for a good barley wine. The aroma is actually very light, but the taste is almost too busy. Too much taste of alcohol to be truly outstanding.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with tightly carbonated head - looks creamy - one of the bigger heads Iíve seen on a barley wine. HUGE NOSE - sweet/winey malt, citrus fruit (orange), honey and floral notes - marvelous and complex aromas - fantastic nose! Solid flavors of sweet/winey malt, a bit of honeysuckle flower and finishes with pleasant bitter hops - very nice balance between the bitter and sweet. Very smooth finish - little to no heat. Excellent barley wine - just wish the flavor matched the complexity of the nose - but no bones here - I certainly enjoyed it!
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty for a barley wine. Enjoyable aftertaste. Beautiful aroma. Very nice on a summer afternoon.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I canít say enough about this brewery. Great barley wine as well. Unlike other American barley wines Iíve had, this one had the perfect balance of hops and malt. Dark fruit and hops in the aroma compliment a thick malt backbone that finished hoppy and long. Nice work, canít wait to see how it ages.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is light considering the powerful flavor it packs. Huge explosion of hops, toffee, (apples?) creamy mouthfeel, wonderful bitter aftertaste. A giant among beers. Thanks PyschProf!
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A solid beer in my opinion. Its expensive but it follows through in taste. It has a very strong flavor that will knock you on your ass. Its is somewhat smokey with hints of spice.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A gorgeous beer, in all aspects, a complex malty caramel aroma that morphs into a fruity smell as it warms. The flavor is one to savor as long as possible, take your time and enjoy!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sweet caramel aroma. Hints of malt, caramel, brown sugar. Not too sweet. Balances alcohol nicely.