ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 4 year old bottle, this one did not age well at all. Think soy sause. It would make an excellent marinade.
Re-rate, 5/2004, fresh bottle. I can see how the first bottle I had got that way. The hops and malt are delicately balanced. Hops hold up right next to the malt and tame it, neither would be declared a winner in a tug-of-war. Finishes on the sweet/malt side. This beer has finesse, as opposed to raw hop power.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby coloured with a beige head which is small but persistent. Huge malty and fruity aroma. Heavily malt accented flavour also possesses notes of dark fruit. It is also slightly salty. The small amount of alcohol in the taste and in the finish has to be expected at this gravity. Courtesy of Ciderguy.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Ok nose vanilla extract, maple, cherry, ABV. brownish orange. Medium head, tappered down to nothing. ABV is out front with dates, molasses, carmel in the mix. Oily coating, belly warming. Lite burnt malts. Not bad, lost a couple points on the nose.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
'One of the best barley wines I've ever had...definentely one of the higher alcohol contents...I like this beer for it's taste and overall pleasure.
zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark copper with lots of carbonation and a thick dirty-white head. Nice earthy aroma with hints of malt and sweetness. Strong malt taste with a perfect balance of hops and sweet. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and warm finish.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i bought the weyerbacher big beer variety pack and wow, they are all good. this barleywine is a great big beer. poured thick slightly cloudy copper brown with a tan head. lots of lacing present. tasted malty, strong but not to strong with about the right amount of sweetness vs hoppiness. a good dry bite but not overwhelming. this is a good barleywine!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours perfectly into my snifter, with a rich tan head and a beautiful clear brick red color. Aroma is a musty mix of wood, hops, fruit, and alcohol, blended rather nicely. Flavor is well rounded, with all flavors accentuated by the alcohol. The hop bitterness is there and lingering. The malty sweetness lingers on the lips, and compliments the hop aftertaste. There is a lot to describe there. Seems to be not too dry, yet not too sweet. Hops compliment the malt perfectly. The alcohol seems only to accentuate the flavors, and nicely I might add. I guess the best way to describe it is as being well balanced. Not sure if this will age very well, but I like it as is, so who really cares?
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice coppper color. Malty but not overly sweet which I like. Its a great winter beer, really warms you up. Really nice barleywine. Fruity in flavors. I got figs, or prunes. Pretty good. Decent.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
small swirly head hady amber body. grainy notes shine through a real sweet malt nose. ripe fruits and alcohol, some clove. smooth, sweet and soft, big alcohol presence covered well. good balance in the mouth, well rounded. warm and sweet with hints of roastiness, some chocolate and oak hiding in there too. I like the English style. I've been hopped out a bit, and this is warm welcome.
DYCSoccer17 (3312) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky dark amber color with a mild 0.5cm off-white head. Fruity, malty, raisin aroma. Start really isn't there--very mild. Middle is slightly bitter with a pleasant burn. Finishes with malt, and just a hint of chocolate in the end. I totally do not believe that this has 11.1% one bit. This is a very very solid barleywine and is very pleasurable to drink. One of the better BWs Ive had so far. Nice lacing, too.