DocLock (8969) - 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 (8913) - 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.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a burnt caramel color with a nice thin off-white head. Aroma is of sweet toffee and malts. Flavor of fruits ripened in alcohol. Some caramel, fig, and dough traits. Mouthfeel is velvety, finish is well rounded, grapefruity with some fig/plum notes. Quite the enjoyable barleywine. Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade!
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First thing to notice is the alcohol content-11%, fantastic. Pouring it in a glass the color is a reddish-brown almost copper color. Great aroma of figs, buttery rum, and something fuity. Upon drinking, the first sip is sweet and sticking in the mouth. The second sip and you can notice the alcohol, but its not overwhelming. Finishing it becomes slightly bitter, perhaps due to warming up a bit. This is another great finishing beer.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 4 year old bottle, this one did not age well at all. Think soy sause. It would make an excellent marinade.
Re-rate, 5/2004, fresh bottle. I can see how the first bottle I had got that way. The hops and malt are delicately balanced. Hops hold up right next to the malt and tame it, neither would be declared a winner in a tug-of-war. Finishes on the sweet/malt side. This beer has finesse, as opposed to raw hop power.