cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Dark orange-brown with a faint red trace. No real head-- a bit of a cognac appearance. Somewhat faint aroma, but it’s pretty straightforward for the style with fruity malts. Flavor is dark, twiggy whiskey with subtle caramel. Pretty imbalanced even for a barley wine. Some metallic potency on the finish. Prickly. Medium-full body, sticky on the lips, but not much there. Not close to a great beer, but a serviceable barley wine. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Very malty. Full bodied. Not overly hoppy. A little too much alcohol aroma and flavor. It could be improved by hiding the alcohol a little better. If you visit either of the Bridgeport brewpubs, ask for this beer. It’s sometimes not listed on the menu but available nonetheless. microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
A brownish murky color. The aroma was of plumbs and raisons. The flavor is plummy with slight alcohol. Warming to the tummy like a barley wine should be. A very smooth and soft palate. brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2004
I have been waiting to get my hands on this brew for a while. I am happy to report this beer did not disappoint at all. Powerful, dark fruit aroma. Alcohol spice in the nose. Robust maltiness and well developed flavors. Somewhat cloying but still chewy and full of goodness. I expected this to be rated higher. Overall, a fantastic barley wine. brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Nice clear amber body with light head. Slight malty aroma. Decent malt palate with good hop balance. A bit of a bite towards the finish.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2014
22 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, boozy, piney, and woody, with hints of cherry, caramel, brown sugar, and resin. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Vintage 1992, bottling #4, 6.4oz nip at 6.7%ABV.....
The cap cracks with barely a whisp, and an exaggerated pour revealing zero carbonation.
Burnt amber in color, with some fine particulates in suspension, and not a trace of head.
Aromatics are laced with malt, leather, toffee, dried figs, and caramel.
The malt is surprisingly juicy, with barely a trace of oxidation.
The mouthfeel is slick and sticky. A slight amount of fine carbonation shows itself.
The pallet is malt-heavy, with some faded citrus below plenty of raisins, wet leather, reduced caramel, and toffee.
Bittering as well as all other hopping is gone, and no apparent signs of oxidation on the pallet.
Finishes with some warming alcohol, lingering sweet malt, and plenty more chipped toffee......
Pretty faded in general, but for a 6.7% brew, it’s held up incredibly well for sixteen years.........................
Vintage 1993,bottling #5, 6.4oz nip at 6.7%.......
Pours the same color as the 1992, but with some faint carbonation. Almost a whisp developed on the surface.
Aromatics are more intense, as well as the pallet. Plenty of tobacco, leather, juicy malt, and chewy caramel. A hint of drizzled chocolate is apparent in this vintage.
Still no hops, and very little oxidation, if any..............Vintage 1996, bottling #8, 12oz at 9.9%abv....
Pours identical in color to the previous vintages, but a beige head of a quarter-inch developes.
Quite a different beer. Dark fruits in the nose, with raisins, toffee, and toasty malt.
A fuller, lightly carbonated mouthfeel, and far less syrupy.
The pallet is still quite malt-forward, but it’s much cleaner, and with a bigger alcoholic bite.
There is a fair amount of bitterness present, as well as added vineous and sherry-like qualities.
Improved from the previous vintages overall, but the depth of flavor and complexities of the elders is missed..........
Vintage 1997, bottling #9, 12oz at 9.1%.....
Pours dark amber once again, but with a lot of sediment, even with a shortened pour.
A beige head of an inch-plus finally developes with this vintage, resulting in some streaks and dots of lacework also.
Aromatics are laced with dusty malt, rum-soaked raisins, sherry, and a hint of smoke.
Some faint wet-cardboard shows some age.
Mouthfeel is crisper than the elders, and less sticky. Almost creamy, with a very soft carbonation.
The pallet has plenty of malt, but it’s less juicy than the elders, and is underscored with wet paper.
Alcohol is more subtle than the 1996, and bitterness is medium, at best.
This one comes in just behind the 1996, even with the increase in carbonation...........
Vintage 1999, bottling #10, 12oz at 9.1%.......
Color unchanged from the previous. A full one inch-plus of thickish beige with similar lacework to the 1997.
The malt is a bit juicier in the nose, but the hint of smoke is more apparent as burnt rubber or smoldering peat.
The mouthfeel is fuller and creamier, but still lowly carbonated.
The pallet has a significantly fresher malt profile, with still a good mix of caramel, toffee, and residuals. Some underlying citrus shows itself in this vintage.
Alcohol is also more apparent, with some lingering warmth, and bitterness is a smidge increased........
Vintage 2003, bottling #11, 12oz at 9.1%.........
Pours a bit lighter in color than all the other vintages. Dark amber with crimson hues.
A tight, beige head with a decent amount of lacework.
Aromatics are superior. Plenty of ripe fruit, juicy malt, vanilla, caramel, and some butterscotch. Vineous and complex.
The mouthfeel is crispish, with plenty of chewy malt and a light to medium amount of carbonation.
The pallet has a restrained amount of malt compared to the elders. Dark fruit, sugared spruce bark, and a bourbon-like fusel note.
Bitterness is medium, and balancing.
Finishes with lingering warmth and tacky malt.
At five years old, this vintage is superior.
Generally speaking, the fresher the vintage, the better, with the exception being the 1997, which was bested by the 1996.
The 1996 was also the only vintage at 9.9%abv.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Cheers Gromit for yet another tastey beverage...POurs a dark red with a small off-white head that is quick to dissipate...Aroma is sweet with alcohol coming through...Starts out with some sweet maltiness that is coupled with dark fruit and a good dose of almost assertive hopppiness...Finnish seems a little sticky...This is a jam up Barleywine 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 BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Mahogany colored with a small creamy beige head. SMells and taste like sweet raisins. Has a medium body and velvetty palate.