WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
This is an alright Barley Wine, with pretty good color and head and a nice nose, but the flavor is totally lacking in any hop character, is kind of flat. Really unremarkable among BWs. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Smells like a sweet wine.when poured has little head that disappears fast.Has a spicy taste and warm going down.The finish lingers on for a while and keeps ur stomach warm jgb9348 (6518) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Dark in colour, especially for a barley wine. The beer poured with a bit of head as well, which is odd for a usual still style. Very sweet smell with tons of sugar and sweet fruit (figs speak out loudly) and also some malty hints. A thick mouthful that is definately malt loaded. Some chocolate tones are picked up on the taste, which I find a bit strange for this style. The aftertaste was a bit 'ordinary' with not too much complexity. A decent beer, but not too good for the style. Worth trying, but if you havent had any of the more accessible barley wines, definately try those (anchor, sierra nevada, dogfishhead, etc). OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Bottle: Good nose yeasty,toffee,light cherry. Great reddish brown color, slighty hazy, though I poued sediment into glass, No head ,no carbonation. Fig, chocolate, cherry flavors. Kinda creamy syrupy. Some warmth, not as I'd think 10.5 would be. Thinner than alot of BW. Not bad but not a winnwer either edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
pivo (2688) - GERMANY - MAY 9, 2004
large barley wine nose of sweet malt and alcohol. deep opaque brown body with no head or lacing. lots of alcohol to taste with other flavors of malt, some smoke and a little bit of hops.
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. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Mild aroma. Taste is pretty typical for a basic barleywine. Came off a little metallic though, and the finish just tastes like an IPA. I don’t think they’re getting the most out of their malts. Hangover (1145) - oxford, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Dark brown with a marginal head when poured. Aroma is strong, with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and some toasted malts. Sweet taste with more of the chocolate and raisin/plum along with a noticeable alcohol kick towards the end which lingers into the finish. I got a 4 pack of thse and I think I’ll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Pour is dark amber/light brown with a fading head. Aroma is pure sweet caramel malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is almost cloyingly sweet with touches of caramel, honey and a hint of chocoate malt. Not enough hops in this barleywine for my liking. Crash (549) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find.