Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Butterscotch aroma. Syrupy, sweet flavour. Mellow, yet sticky. Cloudy brown-orange colour. Could use a bit hore hopping. This one is definitely on the sweet side.
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 In the bottle. This is a bit sweet and not quite as strong as some other Barley Wines out there. Still, it is strong and fruity.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sharp aroma-clove and some honey (kinda stinkey). gorgeous red-brown color. no lacing. lots of honey, smooth and very malty.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-copper color, malty alcohol prevails, somewhat sweet. Hints of dark fruits, raisin, apple.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber. Big head. Spicy nose with some notes of dark fruit (plums, dates?) The flavor starts out very spicy. Maybe a hint of pineapple? A bit underhopped. Alcohol is present but well covered. All in all a decent barleywine.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured a nice dark red amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and grapes with a slight wine aspect to it. A flavor of malt, caramel and chocolate. A warming aspect of the alcohol present is apparent in the medium body smooth finish. This beer could use some aging, but is not a bad barley wine.
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 I was expecting a bit more. Slightly fruity, alot of cocoa and coffee. Far from being bad but not for me. note : 22/04/04 I'm desperate for a re-rate, I have a feeling that I was way underrating it at that time
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 Ohh, what a beer. Brown reddish colour. This is very nice stuff. It has all the flavours I could ask for, the warming alcahol feeling, and it hides it very well.
It has chocolaty flavours along with roasted caramelly fruity flavours.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2004 2002 rated on 6/7/2004: Pours a clear darkish copper with a short lived white head. Aroma shows lots of aged butterscotch complexity. Body has a nice syrupy smoothness and great malty and hoppy balance. This has aged quite well.
2002 rated on 5/16/2003: Deep copper brown with a thin ring of foam. Interesting buttery caramel malt and alcohol aroma. Moderately hoppy body with a bitter finish. Smooth and flavorful with good balance. A good barleywine.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber w/ decent head retention of just off white head. Clarity better than normal for a barleywine for most cases. Aroma starts mostly roasty and chocolate, then moves to caramel, fruity, hop, and a little brown sugar and alcohol as it warms. Malty flavor dominates with caramel and sugar, lightly cidery, but hop flavor also is in the back ground w/ a bittersweet finish. Inital finish is malty, but then goes to bitter astringency aftertaste w/ alcohol and hop flavor that starts to appear in the aftertaste and becomes more apparent in the finish. Full bodied and moderate carbonation are great, but hop astringency takes away from total enjoyment of this particular beer, but give it a couple of years and I think it will be pretty incredible.