jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber in color. Nose is quite sweet, reminiscent of brown sugar. Alcohol evident, but overall sweet. Some banana notes and a good body. Decent example, but not my favorite example.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
THis one exhibits the sorts of flavors and aromas associated with tremendous amounts of barley malt refined by a good fermentation: berries, hard candy and a tiny bit of smoke. THis is a beer that captures all the great flavors associated with barleywine, but on a much lighter frame. The result is something like a Thomas Hardy's finishing like a Bud. I frankly prefer that to cloying chunkiness, if I had to choose. A fine go-to barleywine.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out a murky brown color. It had a decent head for about 5 minutes, then it faded to a ring of creamy bubbles around the rim of the glass. Aromas of dried fruit, macerated cherries, vanilla, toffee, caramel (big time), somewhat bready as well. Tastes great, with a beefy malt backbone right up front, with that sweet caramel middle to it, and a slightly sweet finish to it. Coats the tongue well, like a caramel syrup. Lingering, sweet aftertaste as well. A great Barleywine in my book. Hides it's alcohol very well.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, bittersweet brew. Not near the hops or malt flavor I was expecting. A decent brew, but not my favorite.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice clear amber with touch of brown. Dissipating head and light English hop aroma. Slight fruitiness with a very light malt profile. Bitterness is not overly pronounced but could use some aging.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This started off too sweet and was not really my kind of barleywine. It poured a deep amber/brown color and the white head soon dissipated. I will have to re-rate this as my bottle may have been bad.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - APR 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first of the barley wines I've ever had...dark color, hint of maybe some chocolate, a bit sweet, hops well balanced and not overpowering, for something of it's alcohol content, and it finished well, with less of a strong alcohol taste than I would expect. Another fine Weyerbacher product!
jgb9348 (5171) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark in colour, Absolutely no head. Served in goblet from the tap. Mild aroma, nothing too noticable from the smell however. Strong taste with a noticable alcoholic kick...after all it is a barley wine. Decent aftertaste, but really nothing too special in this one. Granted, just the fact it is not a horrible barley wine makes it much better than a typical beer, but try a different barley wine if you want a really good one!
boto (1969) - 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.