AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Bottle. Amber, dark, small head. Lots of malts, hops, lots of everything! Somewhat sparkly but a little bit bland flavor. Wet cardboard flavor. Thin on the mouthfeel, a bit disappointing in the finish. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2004
2002 vintage: Cloudy crimson. Cakey light tan ring. Chewy toffeed malt aroma with punctual alcohol. Slight oxidation brings out the sherry notes amidst the fig sweetness. Touches of wax, dried plums, beets, and sugared malts. Vague tropical fruit esters help deter the alcohol. Velvety carbonation. Liquid leather mouthfeel. Brief black cherry flavors and Crystal richness are outmatched by the alcoholic warmth. The alcohol continues to heat up and pretty much ruins this lovely malt combo and overemphasizes the bushy hop bitterness. Rich sugared malts assist the light Munich tang. Pine needle bitterness continues to push through with ease while accompanying the woody, leathery malts and medicinal underpinnings. Spiny hops and sugared malts punish the palate long after the swallow. Alcohol tries to dry it out and reduce some of the sweetness, but the medicinal notes return and coat the throat alongside the piney hops and sugar-doused plums. Not bad, but it’s a bit of a trainwreck in the mouth, due the malty, medicinal sweetness. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Aroma: cinnamon, brown sugar, carmel, yeast
Appearance: muddy brown, no lacing, very small forced white head
Flavor: brown sugar, carmel, liquor-like, hops, yeast, and grapefruit flavors
Palate: warming, very robust flavors
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2002: Cloudy amber/ruby, small head which fades quickly to nothing. Caramel and maple nose, overall quite sweet smelling. Burnt caramel malt shares the palate with dry floral hops. Lasting dry bitterness in finish, no sign of alcohol here. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
tap. Amber coloring with frothy creamy egg colored head. Oak barrel, port scent. Very smooth taste port, oak, hops. I picked up some orange. Bitter bite with dry aftertaste. Nice beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3/18/06. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO 9/30/05. Rated blind. Muddy brown-orange with a rocky, soapy head of cream froth, strangely lasting. Very little lacing. Aroma steers towards the berry end of barleywines, rich with juniper and prevalent higher alcohols, sweetly resinous with a tangy, zesty sappiness. Some aged piney hops but somewhat little caramel depth, masked mostly by the sweet fruitiness. Like berries tossed in a few teaspoons of melted brown sugar. Flavor strikes immediately with oxidation, a sweet papery taste, even in this relatively young age (though, to be fair, it HAS been 6 months). Also lots of sticky berry skins and a light earthiness. Soggy-dusty hop resins mingle with the malt. Pretty good balance, actually, and I’m not overtly offended with the oxidation. Medium body with an interesting cooling sensation and prickly, sappy finish. Quite dry and stiff, alcohol blending with a puckering twiggy earthiness and still the ever-present berries. Like licking sweet sap from a smooth piece of tree bark. Warms the belly within the first few gulps. A solid barleywine for those lazy winter weekends of three days’ growth on the facial hair when a feeling like your tongue being tickled with light sandpaper doesn’t seem so bizarre. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Pried from the tight grips of Thebeercellar2’s cellar. Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity that was dominated by apricots. Sweet malty flavor. Fruity with some notes of bubble gum. Pretty warming with a medium body. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by TheBeerCellar2: Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a thin lightly-lacing off-white head. Soft sweet caramel and fresh noble hoppy aroma. Body starts with a somewhat syrupy caramel malty flavor and some fresh green lingering bittering hops in the finish. Fairly-well balanced but could use some aging. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 12oz bottle 2006 just a few months old, this was my second BW today during the great blizzard of Colorado ’06. pours a rather dark brown with reddish hue and a nice head. aroma is rather weak, hints of maple syrup, alcohol, and slight hops. flavor has some mild baker’s chocolate notes that gets annoying as i drink, brown sugar, maple syrup, solid malty base, with slight alcohol coming through but not much for 11.25%. overall nothing special but a drinkable BW. i’m aging a few so we’ll see how it ages. 3.2. neepsntatties (2076) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4/19/09, 2006 vintage aged 3 years. pours hazy prune with khaki head. nose of maple syrup, port, caramel, and raisins. flavors of rasins, caramel, chocolate, with a dry woody finish. med body. low carbonation. still not very oxidized at all. i’d say this improved quite a bit but still nothing special. thin mouth feel. 3.6.
Had a bottle of this last night thanks to "hannont". Colour... clear, golden orange with no head. Nose... hoppy toffee, if there is such a thing! Palate... more hoppy toffee, slightly musty, golden sirop, dried stone fruits, medium length finish.