cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminded me a lot of a saison, in terms of the herbal aroma...also was less sweet than I'd expected. Definitely the lightest (in color) and most subtle barley I've ever had. Full, tangy pear and banana flavors. Flowery but not perfumey. Delicious!
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003: Gloomy tangerine. Thick, sticky, rocky, bright white head. Yeasty aroma riddled with phenols, honeydew, plaster, and banana. Flower, musty dough, oak, honey, and faint peppery notes. Only the slightest trace of gentle, juicy, piney hops. Creamy yet somewhat prickly carbonation. Touts its mellowness right away with predominant melon and yeast flavors. Late charge of doughy pale malts succumb to leafy, spicy hop hints and tangy acidity. Daintily peppery at the end with gentle herbal bitterness amid lingering yeast, fresh plantain, plaster, and flowers. Slowly building dusty yeast notes coat the palate along with a good dose of sweet malts, bananas and cream, and lingering herbal flashes. Very nice balance and one of few barleywines deriving excellence out of such subtlety.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A weak and bland aroma. Sunshine color with clouds. Little hay in the aroma and a lill hay in the flava.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My hopes were dashed when I smelled the familiar scent of a certain striped mammal upon lifting the cap from this beer. Some sharp citrus and mustiness, luckily, penetrated that sour mask. Poured a cloudy orange, with a thick, creamy white head and rather foul-looking greenish yeast sediment. Flavor was sharp, tangy, and biting, with wheat and citrus leading a wave of flavors, finishing with moldy, musty apricots and a rather bitter hops bite. Closer to a Witbier or a Tripel than a barleywine. Strange and ultimately unsatisfying.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours with a cloudy golden body topped by a medium thick to thick, lastin head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet yet slightly sour with a slight fruitiness. The flavor is slightly bitter and slightly sweet with a alcohol accent. Medium to full bodied, tingly and slightly warming.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden-amber color with a creamy head. Mild aroma, sweet, oaky, vanilla and spice. Flavor is tart, wheaty, fruity and spicy. Light body for a barley wine style, creamy mouthfeel. This is not so much like a barley wine - more like a hefeweizen on steroids.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very odd brew and I don't know what to make of it. Appearance is more reminiscent of a tripel than a barleywine. Amber/gold with a huge white head. Spicy and fruity with a medium body. Kind of like a supercharged wit. Makes me wonder what the bottle of 2000 vintage I have is like.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Reddish amber with medium foamstand, Tropical aroma- mango and papaya, green pineapple, not real strong but nice. Medium to thin bodied, with a touch of vanilla and black pepper balancing a nice tropical fruit flavor...very nice. This is the finestuff, better than the 2000 I tried, great job bros!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 2006 sampled on 6/2/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet wheat and peppery clove with some hints of banana. Body starts fairly fizzy and a little thinner with some mild wheaty sweetness drying out toward a more bitter clove finish. This needs some time to age a bit.
2003 sampled on 8/1/04: Pours a mildly hazy, but mostly clear copper golden color with a large (half the glass) puffy white head that leaves clumps of foam stuck to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is tart and wheaty with some sweet caramel undertones. Body is a blend of sweet and sour with some oaky tartness overriding the wheat subtlety. I prefer the 2002, but this version is still quite nice.
2002 sampled on 10/16/03: The first thing I noticed is that it has more of a Belgian strong ale flare than did the 2000 or 2001 versions. Pours a hazy copper with a large puffy white head and plenty of carbonation. Aroma is light caramel and wheat with a Belgian yeast profile, even though thatís not what they used. I guess itís labeled as a barley wine for lack of a better description, but this is not a beer to be going into expecting intense malt and hops. This is a very smooth, lightly syrupy imperial weizenbier that has a pleasantly sweet and fruity floral body. Finishes semi-dry and crisp with a lingering wheaty sweetness. A very good brew, not sure if itís as good as the 2001, but another year might be a different story.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, headless pale barley wine, fruity, punch flavors, apricot, plum, heavy carmel. The wheat definitely shows itself in the gummy body and "yeast"