SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Vintage 2000. In the bottle at my own Barleywine tasting 2004. Aromatic caramel upon first opening. Very light in color. Taste of honey sweetness. The body is not too substantial for the style. Weaker mouth. Quite light on the hop flavoring. Very drinkable. I like the instructions on the label. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAY 9, 2004
Very full fruity nose (raisins, figs). Dark brown with a hazy reddish tinge. Low head - almost non-existent. Slick sweet malt front with molasses tones and toffee, with a spicy finish. Woody character at times but with a clean palate. Alcohol stings the thought slightly. Nice mix of flavors and good transitions. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Again - great lable. Red, little head. Malty medium sweet nose, also dates, apples and cinnamon. Sweet malty taste in the beginning, then hoppy, medium long lasting aftertaste - edgy in the end. Syrupy in texture and taste like sugar beets syrup. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2004
Cloudy brown body without a head. Sweet syrupy aroma of malt and plum. Flavor is predominately dark fruit and syrupy, with a bit of licorice and alcohol bite. Overall the least appealing barleywine that I’ve tried. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
Has a smoky malt/raisen taste. Poured almost totally flat with a very small head, Taste of dried fruit is very smooth indeed. The finish is a bit watery for my taste.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2004
Deep brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit (plum). Taste is sweet, dark fruit (plum), caramel. Finish has a medium alcohol burn. Medium-full body. SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
Aroma is fruity and malty but not real bready like most barleywines. Taste is smooth for something that hasn't aged much. Taste is bready, caramel, plumbs and cherries. A little dry hop at the end. Alcohol is mild. This seems like a rather tame barleywine (which is surprising at 10.5%). I enjoyed it though. There's still enough flavor to make this a very good barleywine IMO. Got another one aging. Let's see. egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Vintage 2002B... Pours a deep dark ruby color with a small off white head and some lacing. Sweet malty, alcoholic aroma. Taste of sweet fruits (cherry), chewy malt, some alcohol, and a rather thin mouthfeel for a barleywine. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 2002 bottle: Mohogany brown with a very short lived light beige head. Malty, diacetyl, and lightly cardboard/tomatoey oxidized. Lightly chocolate and piney hop with some rubbery aromas. Toasty malt and low Fruitiness with alcohol aromas as it warms. Malty and well balanced, but has a light hop bitterness from mid palate to finish. Caramel and chocolate with a slight roastiness. Very little fruitiness, even now after 2 years. Hop flavor becomes more apparent as it warms as does alcohol, and has a light dark grain sourness. Aftertaste is caramel and chocolate with a light hop. Fuller medium bodied with low carbonation and overall smooth mouthfeel. To me, IMHO, this beer is much better younger than aged. The hop character is more prevalent and has a much better malt flavors than it does now. The oxidative aromas and flavors are not sherrylike adding to complexity, but diacetyl, cardboardy, and tomatoey that takes away from it. However, I’ll rate from memory rather than this actual sample
2005 re rate: Heavily sherry & caramel character, very English & substantial in character. No off flavors of oxidation and a very nice version of a barleywine. Very smooth flavor & aroma. No rubbery aroma, no real off flavors, just toffee, caramel, dark fruit(raisins), and just a fantastic beer. Thankfully I found this one again!!!! Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark reddish brown. Nose is moderately sweet with cascade hops dominating. Flavour is all over the place, toffee, apples, alcohol, but where are the hops that were in the nose (probably hiding in the alcohol and apple. Could be a bit more balanced and needs more definite hop in the flavour. Good full mouthfeel.