whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet body with a fine particulate haze and tight velvety off-white head. Aroma of ripe currants, cloves, all-spice, and alcohol. Flavor of big malts, fruity sourness, spices, and a leathery bitter finish. Very English tasting, almost like a giant English strong ale. Nice depth. Very smooth drinking for such a big beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Deep red color with malt all over this thing. Alcohol masked real nicely. Sweet candy taste and nice barley-wine finish.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, what a kind barley wine. I could have a few of these. The malty aroma is definately right on with a spicy orange fragrance. The sweet malty taste left me heading back to the kitchen for more.
TChrome (1423) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1999 vintage: Aroma is musty, sweet malt, and light notes of dried fruit. Apperance is cloudy reddish light brown. There was a small off white head that completely dissipated fairly quickly. The beer appears a bit flat. Flavor is big, significant and seems to expand. Flavor is mostly sweet malt. Finish is a dry. No trace of the ABV in the flavor. Good barleywine.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells hoppy but finishes with a white wine/alcohol kick. Decent caramel malts and a nice chewy-fruit feel. Good for sipping.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice presenting brew. Aroma of alcohol is there but well composed with malt and some spice. While drinking I found some hickory, bitterness was well rounded with alcohol. Pleasing beer.
Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good all-around barleywine. Sharp alcoholic sting but a raisin aroma and full complement of barleywine flavors. Dehydrated dates somehow came to mind. Somewhat sticky but good balance. Classic golden color and good head. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
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 (5385) - 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.