JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2003 Body is a brilliant ruby color with dark amber undertones. Constant little bubbles build up to a white small head. Smells like clean malt, fruits, and sweet summer breezes. Feels syrupy on tongue. Taste starts very sweet, then is quickly removed. Next comes malted fruits (apricots, grapes, apples, dates), warm spices and a remote yeastiness. Aftertaste is sweet fruit malts, a citrus hop flavor and negligible amounts of alcohol. Enjoying this beer is a glorious experience. The ingredients were constructed with one another in perfect harmony; nothing is misplaced. Just watching the trace bubbles gently rising from bottom to top, and the sensational color of the body, would be enough. Couple that with richly, intricate flavors and a fantastic finish and this is easily one of the best barleywines available. This beer was given to me by my good friend jgb9348 in a 12 oz bottle (bottled 12/17/02) from Rochester, NY.
odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A caramel color with a sweet scent. A sweet malty start with a nice alchohol warming. The finish on this beer makes you want another.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled 17DEC02....... ruby color, small microbubbles around the glass, aroma is sweet and sugary scented, malty flavor balanced out with hops, kind of yeasty aftertaste, leaves me wanting more but in a bad way, as if there isnt enough body to this...
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sweet hoppy aroma. An excellent copper colored beer. A big chewy beer that has great malt flavor well balanced with the hops. A great sweet flavor with a spectacular finish.
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.
fly (1454) - 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.
radiomgb (2686) - 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.
sloth (2763) - 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.
eczematic (1325) - 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.