Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2003 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted light bread, caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of orange peel, toffee, peach, light note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery (almost syrupy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. One of the bitterest barleywines I've had (though not quite as extreme as renditions like Old Crustacean), and a little too acidic for me, but the aroma is surprisingly pleasant thanks to more emphasis on malt than hops. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Thick head; deep ruby red. Rich and chewy malts with a big fruitiness -- cherries, and possibly raspberries too. Alcohol is noticeable, but masked well behind malts. Earthy, a bit phenolic, and maybe even woodsy. Surprisingly, not very hoppy. Big salty note exudes. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well into the aftertaste. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
vinous mlightly hopped nose. dark with a lasting head. juicy, syrupy, rich fruity with hints of plumbs. toffee, molasses but no hops. nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 First had this brew on cask at the brewpub in portland. It's amazing on cask. I just opened up a bottle, 2003 vintage. It's pretty darn good in a bottle. Beautiful appearance, masks the ABV well, a little fruity. Rerate:bonus points for cask, I had it again recently. baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 A barley wine for the masses. Aroma of fruit, faint cinnamon and vanilla, faint yellow cake, touch of bubble gum, grapes, and roasted malt. Semi sweet flavor with a touch of brown sugar. A little over carbed, not sweet enough, and simple...
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2003
A simple barley wine, malty a little sweet hops balancing it out nicely. Almost an every day beer Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 11, 2003
2003: malty sweet aroma, small thin head, dark brown/ruby hue, it's nice to find some sweet maltiness coming from the west coast, light bodied, slightly watery, hops finally poke through at the end, overall a bit of a letdown GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Deep amber in color, initially a thick tan head. Alcohol and ripe fruits. Big and full, very ripe. Yeasty hints. A creamy mouthfeel and a warm yeasty finish. BillKismet (4138) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Cherrywood colored with a thick, tannish head. The aroma had touches of marsala and intimated an appealing full bodiedness, but the bouquet would not unravel. The body is alcoholic and at some points ether-like, but this was completely drinkable. However, this beer would reside on the lower end of my barleywine list---complexity never manifested itself. Andrew196 (1996) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
I had this beer on cask in downtown portland and it was by far the jewel of my west coast roady. It had a dark ruby red color. The initial taste was very creamy and winelike and ulimately finished with fruity, yeasty perfection. Well masked alcohol too. Cask-conditioning made this beer totally awesome!