JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a barley wine that shows you can make one with out ungodly IBUs. Malt dominates and contributes to the oak, caramel, and vinious qualities. A nice read and relax barleywine.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not one of my favorites, but it warrents respect
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque orange brown in color; thick to medium head with good rockiness; Vanila and tea in the nose. Tons of malt- nearly numbed my tongue. Tons of lace left on the glass. Very little of the hops that prevade other barleywines. Alcohol is well hidden. Lots of citrus in with the malt. Becmoing nicely sweet at 2/3 mark. Became very satisfying by the end of the glass.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The AC on this ale amazes me. This tastes so good. ’The Brandy Of Ales’? Well I’m not a big fan of brandy so I can’t make that claim, but this is really worth trying when it’s in season.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
High marks for palate, as it is wonderfully thick. Lots of suspended material, beautiful color. I don’t sense the hop bitterness that others have mentioned...if I did I would rate it higher. Instead I get a lot of malt complexity, only it comes along with a general sweetness that is too much for my taste, and very noticeable alcohol content.
omhper (19235) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Re-rate, 2001 vintage sampled in February 2003.
Deep ruby, pours thick with no head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrup with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied. Lingering grapefruity bitterness. Still after two yeasr this beer has a lot of potential to develope further.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A classic old ale. Full, sweet, slightly vinous body with just the right amount of bittering. Many interesting notes left on the palate, from woody/smoky hints to cherries.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 A deep bemired brown color, lots of dross, the head behemothic in size, frothy in texture and as it decays leaves a nice lace to cover the glass. The aroma of raisins and plums, sweet malt, black strap molasses, hints of fusel alcohol, a real “Big” nose. Start is like drinking maple syrup, thick and chewy, and the alcohol bitterness hits you immediately. Hops pleasant and spicy in their bite, mildly acidic, aftertaste dry as a bone, alcohol bitter, and a real “Belly Warmer”. Robust as any barley wine I’ve tasted, and one not meant for the weak of palate, or those not into alcohol, I love it.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smelled like candy. Very malty with some spiciness and bitterness. Full bodied very complex.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yuu want malt? here’s your malt. A very good old ale. The premium line from Bell’s is exceptional.