robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Brown Coloring. Frothy Head. Barley Aroma... Some Roasts Here..Chocolate..Don’t Taste the Licorice.. Some Raisin and Cola Flavors. Slight Warming At the End. Alcohol Hits you Later. Very good Barley Wine..Not Extremely Sophisticated...May Warrant Aging and Trying Again. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Very dark red, slight head fades away. Good aroma, an interesting meld of molasses, cola, and spruce. Flavors are similar. Simultaneously refreshing from the cola and resin flavors, yet warming from the alcohol. Touch of burn from the alcohol. Not bad overall. mlightner (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Rather complex beer - taste the chocoate and roasty carmel flavors. A bit on the sweet side. Color is rich amber; the presences of the malt is definitely in the aroma. For a higher percentage ale, this alcohol does not overpower the flavor and richness of this beer. Definitely would recommend this beer. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This has a slightly phonelic/medicinal sweet front end flavor with some prune and date notes, and a somewhat bitter finish; maybe some burnt sugar there too. Not much in the complexity dept., but I’d drink this again, maybe on a cooler evening than this sampling...... 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Bottled...consumed 8-10-04. Cloudy, dark, dark garnet color, opaque, smallish tan head and no lacing. Aroma is thickly malts, caramel and toffee, some alcohol. Body is thick, carbonation is light, semi dry. Flavor is dominated by malts, caramel, hints of licorice, toffee, some toasty character and a brief, hop bite that’s literally like a bite, like a fish eating half your worm and swimming off. Finish is fairly balanced, alcohol is very tastable and the flavor, although not overly complex is kind of chunky still and will improve, but not greatly, with some more aging. Not as big as some barley wines, despite the 10.5%, making it go down a little faster, but still slow. Enjoyable drink and looking forward to winter again to enjoy these "winter warmers."
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Pours a hazy light brown with a short lived head. Strong hoppy aromas give a hint of the flavors awaiting your first sip. Flavor is complex, quite bitter, hoppy and somewhat red wineish. Finish is warm and balanced with the alcohol coming through in the aftertaste. A nice barley wine. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2004
The beer after its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a murky brown with ruby high lights, the head is generous in size and semi-creamy in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it slowly dematerializes the resultant lace a thick blanket to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of fusel alcohol, caramel and a nice crisp clean nose overall. Start is cloyingly sweet, thick with malt and the top medium to full in feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness; the aftertaste continues the sweetness with a hint of alcohol bitterness, maybe just a bit too sweet for me SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Bottle - thanks to DarkElf for contributing this to our Barley Wine tasting 7/24/04. Pours brown with garnet highlights and minimal head that diminished quickly. Sweet malty nose with noticible hoppiness and alcohol. Flavor is unremarkable, roasty malts, strong hop character and the aforementioned alcohol bite. Full body and some carbonation. Below average for a BW. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) The nose is strong alcohol, sweet and malty, and unfortunately, smells better than it tastes; The flavor is sweet, sugary, fruity, malty, and moderately bitter, which sounds good, but just didn’t do much for me; Sweet and sticky palate is a bit harsh in the finish; Dark ruddy brown color; Tan head fades to a rim and slight sheen, leaving some lacing on the glass; Overall not a bad barleywine, but probably still a bit hot and harsh, and it would probably benefit from a few years of aging billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
This is more along the lines of balanced, borderline uninteresting. There’s a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. There’s a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.