rauchbier (3668) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned? Deep chestnut, good off white head and quite low condition. Big sweet barley wine maltiness with lots of drambuie. Thick and chewy in the mouth, malt heavy with an oily butteriness and sinus clearing alcohol notes. Long sweet toffee malt and alcohol in the finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at RFD Washington. No head (okay for style). Alcohol nose. Dark red brown in color. Lack of full body expected for this style. The alcohol bites your tongue without the proper malt bandaid one expects. Pull slowly...
jimhilt (2473) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a gobs of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is alcohol; Starts with a good balance of malts and hops, finishes fairly smooth but the alcohol is there in the background. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red-brown, small off-white head. Medium sweet nose with alcohol, bananas, hazelnuts. Flavor somewhat thin, lightly sweet, with walnuts/hazelnuts, vinous notes, apricots, orange, licorice.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to The_Beer_God for sending me this Idiot!
Pours a tawny body with a
strange off white head, light shad of green. The nose gives the impression of a huge malty profile, loads of caramel, but I get some musty grapefruit in there to. I have the flu and my sinuses are all clogged, so I am probably missing a good deal here.
Yah, this is one for sipping. Caramelized grapefruit, big earthy notes, plums, and apricots, some sort of berry, gooseberries maybe….. seems like its got large notes of oak lingering everywhere, a little leathery and musty… but pretty good stuff. Warming finish for sure!
FlacoAlto (3884) - 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 (2754) - Ocean County, 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 (8596) - 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.