DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
blood touched deep amber color with a halo of larger bubbles...sour rubbing alcohol soaked hop buds and fruits in the nose...deep & malty and significantly sweet flavors...nice and smooth (like the rap group) not overly complex though, but maybe its just too young. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sampled with egajdzis and eyedrinkale after the Philly gathering. Deep coarse reddish-brown...extremely vinous and sour nose, and a bit sour all the way through..light hops, sour cherry-grape notes, fairly thick and syrupy but without enough bitterness to keep from cloying until the very end, when hops take over but it’s too late, because the beer has, essentially, failed. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Almost red pour. Kind of dissapointing as the malt was by far overtaken by the hop taste. Can’t say it’s too strong but no balance. egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Poured reddish copper color with no head or lacing. Vinous aroma of dark fruits, and light soy. some alcohol and nice light carbonation. Dark fruits and malts, very light citrus, some orange peel, and a long burning sensation. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2004
On Tap. Very fruity aroma, of raisins/figs. Deep color of russet. Taste is of malt, slight sweetness. Very mellow hop finish. A very satisfying brew.
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle- 2003 Vintage (score=2.3). Mega syruppy sweet barlewine. Boot polish aroma, heaps of fruitcake, raisin and figs, very cloying. 2004 vintage on [email protected]
(score=3.5): Sweet caramel and raisin, sweet, but this tap 2004 version was better balanced than the 2003 from the bottle. Re-rate: Bottle- vintage 1997. Really sweet raisiny as usual, but this has developed a toasted character, which is quite nice, kind of like raisin toast, mellowed a bit it and less sweet than when young 3.7 (my score is a rough average of the 3.
Loved this one. Mighty malty - toffee? sure, and more, figs, prunes, whatever it isyou’re pulling from the old jam jar and topping with hops. I like this one and as much as I figured I would hold onto a bottle it looks like I’ve drunk them all. Sigh. Anyone up for a drive? beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
No. 11, Poursa dark hazy brown with a small white head. Rich malty aroma. Taste is very rich and smooth with hints of molasses. Great Barleywine! Reid (2676) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2004
12 oz brown bottle " No 011" Fred Eckhardt on the label 2003 edition.
Lovelly malty aroma mixed with a rather resinous alcohol scent.Prunes and figs come to mind for some reason.
Dark amber, almost chesut in apprearance, small white head that dissapears fast..leaving small amount of lace.
Taste is chocolate, creamy toffee,rum like, bitter near the end, alcohol is pronounced.
Nice on the tongue quite warming going down.
I liked this ale..one dimensional maybe but its a bloody good dimension!! Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Deep amber in colour with a large beige head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses and toffee. Well malted and balanced.