baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Another beautiful barleywine with clear golden red color and head! A grapefruity/cookie dough aroma with notes of resin, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and bubblegum. Crisp clean bitter finish with a sweet start. Damn nice stuff. Very drinkable for a barleywine. kyzr (1530) - Montana, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Very sweet start with the malt, but very nice finish. Had this for many years, and its still a good barleywine. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Oh boy. After a night of mediocrity, this one hits the spot. Actually, the Full Sail Rip Curl was the only other non-mediocre beer. The aroma is intense. So many things in there. First off, itís fruity. Michigan cherries and dark fruits (dates, prunes). Very malty with notes of red wine and port. Also detected: vanilla, alcohol and saltwater taffy. A beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, ruby/copper-colored ale. Large yeast particles are there, but few and far between. The small, fizzy, khaki-colored head diminishes fully and quickly. No lacing. The flavor is complex. Malty/sweet and pungent up front with bursts of port and cherries. Tart and slightly bitter on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Full-bodied with an oily/silky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A short, dry, tart finish. The alcohol is there, but well-disguised. Excellent barley wine!
rich42 (128) - USA - DEC 12, 2002
99 vintage... has aged very well.. unique complex flavors - hard to place exactly - maybe burnt caramel with a touch of vanilla? vanilla and caramel on the nose too... the finish lingers on and on.... definitely has a sweet note to it... the bottle says 91 IBU - but it seems much mellower... cloudy dark amber color... exceptional...
just tried the 2001 - similar but maybe more wound up - age will definitely improve it.
2002 - alcohol content is slightly lower. perhaps a mellower batch, still quite nice fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
The only reason my ratings werenít any lower is due to believing that thereís a good beer beneath the one that a Colorado store improperly cellared. Must have been either in the light, in a hot warehouse or both. Very funky taste masking everything with underlying sense of malt flavor - hops destroyed. Damn ...
Crit (3977) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2002
on tap:Deep red brown. Lasting tan head. Alcohol nose. Medium alcohol heat but smoother malt and less rough edges than most barleywine DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Reserve 01, Bottled on 12/2/99: 18k Goldness with brilliant red glare and thin tan and tiny bubbleez..aroma of Cherry creamcicles & candy apples with vanilla cream..thick & creamy candy apple goodness joined at the hip with a mixture of red & black licorice and a dose of vanilla extract or maybe a couple dots of vanilla bean...alcohol well hidden, bottle states 91 IBU..I donít know about all that but i do decipher some hop goodies Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
1999 Vintage: I love the aroma!!! Sour cherries with some butterscotch/caramel, along with some metallic and alcohol essences. The cherry part reminds me of Quelque Chose. A beatiful buterscotch-orange colour with thin off-white head. Very complex flavour. It starts off mild with hints of cherry and butterscotch, then it really builds with piney hops coming through before a super intense, kick you in the ass, warming type finish. Definitely one of the better barley wines that Iíve had. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Deep brown color, medium head. Nose is caramel, malts, apples and dates. Big Bold Barleywine. This puppy reaches up and grab you by the ^#%$!!!!;. Malty and hoppy. The malt sweetness is balanced by it big hoppyness, then the alcohol bite grabs you. The fact that all three are balanced and rotate around on your taste buds is amazing. Complex flavors and very warming. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter, with a lingering sweetness. Bottle aging will improve this already excellent beer. joet (2604) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Heady with a bushy Cascade nose, pine, resinous, brown color, some obvious alcohol, malty as hell, Belgian lace, hints of pepper. This is good drinking and a hint of phenolic to make this more interesting.