FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby red color, and is topped by a creamy tan head. Smells of sticky malts with a bit of candy type sweetness to it. There is some alcohol in the nose as well as a bit of hop aromatics up front. This Barley Wine has a nice, thick, and creamy mouthfeel to it. This beer is sweetish but it has a nice balancing hop flavor that is subtle for an American, but it is pronounced enough that it is quite pleasing. The alcohol is not as evident in the taste, which is good. There is a bit of astringency in the finish, some fermentation by products (esters, higher alcohols, etc). These really don't take away from this beer though. This is a nice, easy drinking Barley Wine, that has a bunch of subtle competing flavors that keep this interesting.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear purple garnet body with a small, tan head. Sweet, alcoholic nose that heavy on the malt. Heavy toffee and caramel elements with some dark, ripe fruitiness underneath. Cherry, raisin, fig, sweet apples, alcohol (licorice and other spice), cereals and faint smoke. Moderate to full body. The strong alcohol makes it not quite as smooth as I would like. Big malty flavors compete with the alcohol for dominance. Dark fruits, malt and toffee give an early sweetness before the spicy, warming alcohol takes hold and finishes with a light hop character. An interesting Barley Wine, however the alcohol is just too much. I like the subdued hop character but would gladly accept more hops if I could trade a little of the alcohol.
pineypower (2660) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very malty barley wine with a deep amber color. The taste is more like a Tripel to me as there is a very noticeable fruity taste. Not bad, but Old Horizontal is much better
DocLock (8330) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good, strong, very malty barleywine. You'll taste the alcohol in this, folks (it definitely lives up to its name). It maintains a solid maltiness, with strong fig, port wine, and even camembert cheese overtones. I drank this out of a brandy snifter, with a cigar, and found it to be very enjoyable.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark amber with almost no head.
Smells sweet, smoky, actually strangely smoky with alcohol all over the nose.
Body is nice and full. The smoky undertones are present throughout but sweet malt and an even slightly sour fruity note is present. Alcohol becomes a pretty big player in this one.
The finish is actuallly pretty clean and crisp.
The alcohol is not masked very well and that hurts the drinkability but the flavor is quite good. This doesn't top my list of barleywines (bigfoot, Avery Hog Heaven), but it's pretty tasty.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper with a thin fizzy biege head. Candy, brown sugar, hops, and port on the nose. Sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Dried fruits, caramel, alcohol, and hops on the tongue. Not the best barley wine I've had, but it was very enjoyable.
JorisPPattyn (8228) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rusty-amber beer, heavily carbonated; amber-orange head. American hops, coloured malts, old portwine and fruity esters. Taste is pure caramel and preserved fuits. Lots of alcohol, fusels included. Slick mouthfeel, oily and alcoholburn. Very good BW, just short of exciting. Impressive beer all the same.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orandy copper color with a moderate head. Rich malty aroma with tons of fruit, orange and cherry. Flavor is malty with strong fruity tones. A noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Cherry tones with hints of orange. A very good beer.
surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not a bad beer but I paid an unheard of $14.00 for a Six pak in Mt.Laurel, NJ. Now if I buy this again I'd be a Blithering Idiot!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle no Freshness date. Clear copper colored with a thick head that reduces to a thin film. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh barley, some fruit and noticable alcohol. Nice smooth full body. Flavor is malty and sweet with lots of fruit. Unfortunately alcohol adds an unpleasant tatse. Warm finish and overall a good Barley Wine. I just wish the alcohol were masked better. This is its only fault in my opinion.