bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and fruity but not thick. Could stand for more hoppiness.
Todd (20) - Palm Bay, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Certainly not the best barleywine by any stretch of the imagination, but a very decent beer in itís own right. Itís a bit too sweet perhaps, either lacking in sufficient hops or in aging.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 3, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber/caramel body, tan head, with malty toffee, raisin, tobacco and plum aroma. Thick and smooth, uncarbonated, with a sharp sweetness comprised of roasty caramel, raisin, figs, and other dark fruit. What separates the better barleywines from this are the complementary hops and malt supported by a subtle sweetness, of which this has too little of the former and too much of the latter. Finishes softly, lacking the long finish and lingering bitterness that make other barleywines so strong and aggressive, but leaves this a bit mild.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice caramel color with little head, some lacing effect. Very smooth, I was surprised that it was initially smooth, in my experience most barley wines need some time to mellow, this was great from the start. Great malt character backed by a good fruity presence, most notably were dried fruits, raisin/grape, dates, and plums. Comparatively, its quite mild, but this does little to spoil it.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 Deep brown, rapidly diminishing tan head. Malt and fruit everywhere, yet fairly dry and vinous. Also some chocolatey bitterness. Outstanding stuff.
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Def tasted young to me - would like
to age this. Intense malt profile,
with notes of dates, pear, and a
general ripe fruit sweetness. Call me
crazy, but this tastes a whole lot like
Thomas Hardyís ale, but just a couple of
degrees milder in the alcohol strength department.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 Bright golden-amber with thin head. The aroma is sugary with a deep fruitiness (date, raisin, dark cherry) and all kinds of chewy malts. Sweet palate and full body. A little bit sticky. Lots of sugars, but they are soft, not cloying. The fruitiness is still present, but less prevalent. There is some light caramel and toffee, along with apple and light raspberry notes. Sweet, long barley wine. Finish is sticky, with a blast of alcoholic dryness.
lockman (29) - Somers Point, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2000
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the great barleywines. Very smooth, but you know itís a barleywine by its warmth Fruity, vinuous nose and palate with a smooth, warm finish. Wish it were made all-year round!
kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2000
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and complex. Certainly
a more pleasurable drinking
experience than some other
barleywines. Try it, youíll