Sammy (8527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
spicy, orange-pineapple citrusy, nice orange with pretty lace. Liquorish. biscuit medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Nice hops, noticeable alcohol.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Large ivory head with sparse lacing, transparent, very little carbonation, and an orange hue. Sweet and some fruit aroma. Flavor was sweet, tingly, hoppy and the alcohol was fairly well hidden IMO. Tingly mouthfeel. Mild aroma and flavor for a barley wine.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber body, big fluffy white head. Very sweet aroma, yet some fruityness. Falvor is very sweet, lots of alcohol and ends rather dry. An ok BW.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange-creamsicle, coriander, apricot, and yeast in the nose; viscus and sweet, with a lemony, alcoholic, earthy, and yeasty flavor, notes of vanilla and honey; sharp, quick, tart finish. Sweet and strong, without alot of complexity.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber/bronze colored. Light off white head and sticky, but small lacing. Aromas of earthy and grassy hops. Caramel and toffee. Bitter spices. Doughy or biscuity. Almost an apricot about it. Flavor includes a lot more fruit as well as caramel and spice. Woody alcohol. Bitter hops. Raisin bread. Warming and thick. Caramel malts rests nicely in the mouth. Finishes bitter and malty.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper bronze color, light head, sticky lacing. Nose of apricot banana nut bread, yeast, doughy qualities & candi sugar, pimentos. Tastes dry, medium bodied, lots of raisins, alcohol, acidic, good. Lots of flavor in the finish. Strong, yeasty and rich, light juniper berries. Good.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was one strange beer. It’s nothing like the American or British counter parts. It poured a hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Very fruity nose, with hints or earth and barn yard grasses. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Banana, clove, barn yard, alcohol, and lots of fruits. Fruits that barn yard animals should be eating. Not my favorite barley wine, but there really aren’t too many great beers from Van Steenberge.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Falling Rock. Hazy orange amber; huge, yellowish head, irregular bubbles. Nose is fruity, but doesn’t do much to distinguish what kind of fruit. Taste is yeasty, spicy, and somewhat bitter with a hint of walnuts. Very creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Big malty, caramel, oranges, and raisin flavors are evident. The alcohol level is definitely detectable, but doesn’t detract from my enjoyment.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1st flavor component is concord grape....I swear to god, that’s how it tastes! Mellows out to be a truly expansively deep canyon of a barleywine, complex and heady but still very smooth. One of the best I’d say!
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Rover, Göteborg.
Amber colour. Malt, caramel and toffee nose. Peppery, light toffee flavour plus light roasty, sugary, Basset’s tidbits, overripe apples. Quite rich bitterness, with an undertone of dandelion. Grassy. ABV shines through. Long flavour. Nice.