Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2003 Aroma has nice deep cherry to it up front then turns into bread and alcahol. Appearance is clear redish-copper with no head. Very little lace is left behind. Taste is bready, with some carmel, apple, and apricot. Very malty without a lot of hops. The palate is a little disappointing. It's a little watery, and not quite rich enough. Normally I like the hoppier barley wines, but this is pretty good. I'll rerate this soon, because I let this sample get a little too warm and flat from swirling too much before I rated it. Old Numbskull, and Old Horizontal are still my favorites. Rerate: I like a bit more this time. Malty sweet. Alcahol still present, but not that bad. Rererate: I just had an Old Saguaro after drinking this, and this is definately better. The Saguaro might have more butterscotch. This is more complex, and is of better quality. Adjustments made on both scores.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a reddish copper color with no head. Aroma was malty, fruity, some caramel as well. Taste was sweet malt, dark fruits were also noticed. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol taste as I finished. I want to say this was a 2002 bottle, it certainly tasted as though it had mellowed alittle, althought I don't remember what a fresh batch tastes like. Thanks for sharing BrianO!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark red-amber. Tan head. Very sweet, candy-ish christmas cake aroma of raisins, dates, butterscotch & caramel. Full-bodied. Fruity, christmas cake flavour w/ caramel & dark chocolate. Alcohol nicely hidden but still evident.
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin dense head with ok carbonation. Thick, syrupy pour. Sweet candy aroma with loads of malts. Color is a thick, cloudy dark reddish brown. Flavor is thick and sweet with tons of malts again. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Sweet finish without much pizzaz. Nice alcohol warm on the way down. A decent barley wine but has little depth and character.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge sweet malty aroma, with tones of butterscotch. Ruby, tiny toffee head. Fine butterscotch, caramel flavour with some hints of fruit and nuts. Bitter dry finish. Nice.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Not one of the greatest barely wines ive ever tried. Uniobroue is quite possibly my favorite barley wine brewer but this beer was smoth and the name said it all because we were idiots after my friend and i split a case.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Re-Rate Bottle, thanks Tupalev. July 2005. Dark amber body, moderate beige head. Fairly alcoholic aroma is both pleasant and quite distracting at divergent moments. Sweet candy or brown sugar with inital muted glimpse of licorice that doesn’t return. Similarly incongruous wisps of cherries hiding deep down below. Sweet flavour, burnt sugar, muted caramel and dry alcohol in the finish. Lack of disctinctive flavours makes it difficult to pull apart. A pleasant sipper that is fairly drinkable. Medium palate. 8/3/7-8/4/16
<P>Original Rating Christmas Party, December 2003. Bottle. Dark amber brown colour. Very sweet and flavour is fairly malty. Alcohol is there but does not stick out like a sore thumb as in some other barley wines. Notes on this one are lacking a bit because I was too busy enjoying it. Quite pleased -thanks to whomever brought this to the Christmas party in Toronto! 8/3/8/4/17
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this draft at the Weyerbacher open house. Now this is a barleywine. Nice caramel maly flavor, which almost hides the alcohol. You can still smell and taste however and that's a good thing.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 Medium red/brown color clear, no bubbles small lacing and a small off white head. Smells of rich brown bread, dry caramel malt, and lots of alcohol. Begins with lots of even caramel malt which turns into a nice raisin/hops flavor. Very dark fruit undertones. I am very impressed with the depth of flavor without any bottle conditioning. Good raisin, slight plum sweetness. Dry finish, a bit of roasted barley. Nice grainy aftertaste.
Frank (2880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an attractive reddish brown with just the slightest bit of head and thin sheets of lace. Strongly malty aroma with a big whiff of banana and alcohol--much different that the hop-monster I would normally expect from an American Brewer. Alcohol plays a large role as a flavor component by helping to balance the sweetness. It warms the belly a bit too. Thick, rich palate compliments the banana flavors here very nicely. Molasses, dried cherry, raisin, chocolate, and toffee round things out. Very tasty with only a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.