AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off white creamy head. Sweet syrupy aroma. Slow pouring. Hazy mahogoney in color. No visible carbonation. Really sweet, a little hoppy. The malts come through, primarily. The alcohol is warming.
sloth (2642) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off white/tan head, minimal. Hazey copper hue. Malty, hop nose, some citrus also. Full bodied. Some malty sweetness but not overly. Piney hoppiness and some mintyness work work together well with the malt. Finishes slightly sweet with an oily mouthfeel, some alc. showing itself in the finish also. Lost a point or two in the appearence category.
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Deep amber colour. Aroma is of hops, caramel and alcohol. Flavour is very smooth, toffee, caramel and warming. Finishes with a nice warming alcohol bitterness. Thanks ciderguy.
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hit a wall with this one after no dinner and a large array of great beers of accelerating ABV - had a few sips and then decided to call it a night and stumble off into the darkness. strangely enough my handwriting is pretty clear. lovely deep mushroom/earthy/malty aroma. flavour is thick beautiful vanilla-malt stuff ruined by nasty cascade attack - by the end of the night i guess i was pretty bored with the american hops. thanx dufffff
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Very big, chewy, malty little brew, with a crapload of sharp aromatic hops. Thick raisiny, spicy flavourful barleywine. Theres no shortage of flavour or ingredients here, and really is a meal in itself. I’m not often a fan of barley wines, but this has won me round.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2003 Amer/brown body with a medium withe head. Wonderful floral and hoppy aroma. Starts with a sweet malty taste, then transitions to a bitter hops bite, and finishes off with more sweetness. Excellent!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer reached right up and tickled my kidneys. Strong hoppy taste and high alcohol content ... it thoroughly beat me down and made me call it big poppa.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown color with a medium sized cream colored head. Plenty of fruit and flowery hops in the aroma. Slightly sweet flavor with a nice kick of hops. Wonderful mouthfeel, soft and velvety. Slightly warming. Finish was slightly bitter, sweet, dry and earthy. Extremely well-balanced.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first BarleyWine. Wow. So many differewnt flavors here it was frankly impossible to sort them all out. The most dominant aroma I got was like a meaty dry dog food. Seriously. Frothy head. For me it would have to be one of those beers I'd enjoy for it's character and complexity, not as a refreshing beverage. I hope to re-rate this later on down the road when I've got more basis for comparison.
fly (1431) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has someone already used the "like sticking your nose in a jam jar"? Probably. Well the lid of this jar was smeared with hop oils and caramelized. The sweet malts roll out over the tongue and roll back with a pleasant bitter finish. Oily looking non-head. And I found that the couch beaconed me to be in horizontal unison.