boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 2002 Vintage (Not sure if they track vintages). A bit of a reddish color. Pours with no head. Had this sitting for a couple of months in my basement befor I chilled it and tasted it. It could have aged some more, as it was a bit harsh. Very fruity, a bit of alchohol in the nose and the taste. Didn't do it for me. I let it sit for a few more months before I chill a second. Re-rate: Let the bottle sit about 7 months after purchase. It has mellowed immensly. It is much better now! The nose actually has a hint of scotch to it. It has become a very good barley wine!
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man do I love this beer. Very malty and big bodied. Wonderful barleywine. Pours a medium umber brown, with a small white head. Aroma is mostly estery maltiness, with a bit of hops and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very malty, with hints of raisin, plum, and something else. A wierd fruitiness I'm not familiar with. It's present in some bigger belgian beers I've tried. Hops are definitely present, but preside over the background and provide a compliment to the alcohol in the finish. Awesome stuff, and worth the $12 I paid for a sixer.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice reddish brown colour with a small head. Consistent aroma and flavour dominated by dark fruits, toffee and pleasant malts. The finish is warm and alcoholic. However, a bit too sweet and one-dimensional.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 A bloodshot hue leads to a naked, sweet fieldberry and bubblegum pie filling...An astringent alcohol periscope eyes the faint complexity and retreats bored...The happy dullness of a thrummed mandolin...
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fruity flavor. A little too fruity and slightly too sweet for my taste. Although, overall a good barley wine. I did though enjoy the aroma
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer just didn't live up to what I was hoping for. All the same, it wasnt bad. Especially on this extremely cold night in the northeast. The high alcohol content did wonders to warm up the body after a few long hours of shoveling snow. As far as the beer itself goes, the flavor of this beer is big on fruit. Its a strong raisin/plum flavor. The color was a deep reddish copper color. The head a light tan. This beer would have been better had it not been so caramelly sweet. Maybe I will have to lay a bottle down for a year and see how it does. Hopefully it mellows.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I just didn't like it. Has the fruit of a barley wine / raison d'etre / Victory V10 and some nice hoppy bitterness. But not enough bitterness to offset the fruit, some off flavors that may dissipate with aging, and, well, not enough balance or complexity. Not a bad beer, but who needs that much alcohol for an ok beer. Drain pour.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Assuming 2002 Vintage)Cloudy amber color with a light tan head that dissipates to a thin lid. Malt and dark fruit aroma. Smooth and thick in feel. Sweet malt and caramel flavors. Has a sharp little acidic bite in the finish. Alcohol really abounds in the finish of this one also. I definitely think a year or two would do this one wonders
argo0 (11868) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2002) Cloudy brown with fairly creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and inviting -- spicy plum and raisin, malty, some caramel, and rum sweetness. Taste is quite pleasant, but not as rich as the aroma would have you believe -- sweet, dark fruity, with some cherry showing up right before the swallow. Underhopped for a barleywine, and finishes with fairly mild alcohol burn/warming.
TAR (2518) - 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.