DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: ScottVaculaís Barleywine Party í04) This barleywine is just too sugary sweet, rather than malty sweet, and lacks a quality maltiness necessary to dilute the cheap sweetness; Only mildly bitter to boot; The palate is sweet and somewhat cloying; Sweet, sugary nose has some mild malt aromas, but itís mostly just cheap and sugary; Dark amber color with moderately sized sediment suspended in the beer; Tan head fades to a ring; Not a fan of this beer, but Iíll attempt to reacquire this for a retry on a night when I donít sample 23 barleywines!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Opaqe brown with amber hightlights when held to light, minimal head and little lacing. Wonderful sweet malty aroma with lots of spice, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and hops. Good flavor - this stood out for me in the midst of several other BWís in a tasting. Spicy, dark roasted malts, nice balancing hoppiness with an alcohol edge. Good, thick smooth body with creamy carbonation.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Pours a burnt orange-red-brown color. Smoky caramel with rich berry aroma. Some bitter hops and spice in the nose. Very full, smooth and silky body. Sweetly malty, but sort of weak flavor, surprising because of the big body and good aroma. Still pretty good, but if the flavor were better it would take this beer over the top. In retrospect, Iím kind of surprised I was high enough on this beer to give it a 3.9 overall rating, but I stand by my score until I prove to myself it deserves otherwise.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish orange pour with no head. Very malty aroma with scents of alcohol. Flavor is a thick, alcoholic, and sweet malt. Not much bitterness in the end, but definitely a warming sensation.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with very little head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins and alcohol. Flavor
is malty sweet, but not overwhelmingly so with hints of dark fruit and finishing with an alcoholic bite. Full mouth-feel.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber with minimal head. Nose is sweet and fruity. First flavors to come out are dried apple, alcohol, woody, raisin, and malt. This is very, very good. Super smooth (the 11% ABV is well masked) and clean. The finish is a little sweet and sharp with a warm alcohol bite. Overall very, very enjoyable. Excellent!
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. an earthy fruit smell is present here. this looks like cloudy tea(iced tea, iím in texas afterall). flavor is like a good stout. slight malty fruit with a full body flavor. coffee and toffee on the finish. damn this is good. i want more. Thanks Lumpy.
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque hazy borown with a thick compact off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, alcohol, apples, and scotch.Whooping sweet malt with tequila alcohol. Nice bittering throughout the profile. Fairly heavy palate but well balnced , a whollop ofd hops and a whollop of malt.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 I found this beer by accident. I had bought a sixer of Merry Monks and someone had replaced one monk with this idiot. Oh well, I did mean to pick this up but for some reason hadn?t yet (read: I am cheap). Anyhoo, hearty flavor with a dark amber color. Alcohol is omnipresent, but understandably so. More than one of these might leave you a blithering idiot, but its overall a fine example of the style. Notes of raisins and smoke. Extra points for it being free.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
07.01.04 12oz bottle. Darkish amber pour, no head. massively malty aromas, lots of alcohol as well, no hops. The flavor is spicey and burning from alcohol and, perhaps, youth. Iíve had this in the cellar for over a year, but I think it could use more time. It seemed young, harsh. There was a definite emergence of some pepepry notes, some prune and fig, some candied fruits. I wish I had waited until winter (I was in no mood for this stuff today) but I was so hyped about Victory Old Horizontal that I cracked this íother PA barley wineí thinking I was keeping in spirit. Oh well, Iíve got more.