TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2006 Aged one year: Clear copper. Fizzy dirty white foam. Lovely aroma, showing lots of figs, fruit cake, freshly opened box of raisins, alcohol dipped bread, coconut, vinous traits, buttery rum, and mint. Very sweet flavors: Heavy on the figs and toffee. Beautiful underlying spicy alcohol, cedar, wax, and melon. Starts very thin, but the sweetness somehow envelops the back of the throat in syrup like fashion, which compensates nicely and adds a perfect touch of complexity. Very nice finish with a cherry dipped hop tinge. I wish I had a fresh one to compare the qualities. But this has mellowed into a gem of a bottle conditioned, toffeeish, English barleywine.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
one of the more mellow barley wines out there. Not as sharp as Big Foot or Old Foghorn. This would be a good introduction to the barley wine style.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright dark red color. Alcohol, light fruit and heavy malt in the nose. Body is thick with malt. A little roastiness and hops in the finish. There are better barleywines out there.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is full of fruits and candy, as is the flavor, but the finish is bitter and very unpleasantly full of alcohol and sourness. It is a very woody barleywine and except for this finish, I’d quite like it.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Who wouldn’t want to try a beer named Blithering Idiot? Hazy, brownish-red appearance with a rapidly dissipating head. Malty, spicy aroma. This is a little lacking in body, but it is really tasty. Malt characteristics dominate - fruits I can’t quite identify. There is something about the flavor and mildy alcoholic finish that reminds me of a belgian quadrupel. This is a very easy to drink barley wine - smooth, with well-masked alcohol.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like syrup. No head to speak of. Definitely very malty. Enjoyable but as the beer warms the maltiness turns to a somewhat cloyingly sweet flavor that can make finishing it a chore.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange in color. Very malty. Very sweet. Prob needs a little aging to fully apreciate. Alcohol presence strong. Very good barley wine
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this beer a lot. Fruity tastes and aroma (raisins, berries). A full body and syrupy texture. A noticeable amount of alcohol kicks up the flavors a notch.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown, malty nose, minimal head. Not much in the hop department, and pretty sweet with a vinous note.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocolate malt nose. Cloudy brown body. Acidic, chocolate, banana taste. Very yummie! Thank you Richard, great!