JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Clear copper colored w/ a light tan head. Malty up front, hops at the end, beautiful morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - SEP 14, 2002
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Assertive creamy, caramel malt aroma with some raisin/prune fruit and overshadowed hops. Smooth, oily palate, hop presence throughout but really doesn’t bitter until the finish. Great dark fruit and caramel malts, creamy vanilla in latter half. Extremely hearty and warming, but perfectly balanced. SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
This is from the 01 vintage. Wow, spicey high octane fruit. Smells like a clean brandy. The head kind of completely disappeared, and I do mean completely, no trace. It pours like dark bronzed copper, clear as a bell. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but man is there a smooth taste. This is boardering on a fine liquor, but it’s a fine beer. The fruity spice with a dash of hops round out the big alcohol taste in this rather nicely. Well done. I’m puttin’ a couple away. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Sugary, dark fruit nose. Heavy and satiating on the palate. Tingly and strong up front; softens as it goes. Very complex flavors with fig, raisin, and plum notes. Sweet, toffee malts, too. Earthy, yeast esters. Warming in the back of the pipe. Lingering flavors are bready and rewarding. Great barleywine. Ages wonderfully. 03: Rather fruity, with a Granny Smitth sourness. Soft brown sugar. Light raisin. 2004 bottle: Not sure if this is a bad batch or bad bottle treatment, but it’s overly acidic, curiously tart and way too citrusy. I’ll lean toward the latter, so I won’t change my rating score, but I just wanted to make a note. 1999 (drank in 2007): WOW! What a brilliant sample. The malts have developed amazingly well, and there are some flavors in this that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced. Liquid toffee, cooked brown sugar, maple-drenched tobacco and unbelievably rich caramel. Unreal.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Dark copper brew that smells of malt,caramel and vanilla. Excellent flavor that dances on the tongue.Hint of sweetness that makes this a pleasure to drink.Barleywines are definately moving uo to become a favorite. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Reserve 01: Damn this is good. Sweet and malty with a hint of brandy. Complex, spicy and hoppy. Warms the mouth as well as the tummy. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2002
2001 vintage, 22 oz. bottle. Aroma is hugely fruity, estery, sweet and malty. Attractive garnet hue, with beautiful, almost delicate carbonation and lacing. Flavor profile is quite complex, with some light berry flavors, alcohol, brown sugar, apple butter and a generous amount of spicy hops to provide a great balance. Finish is very long and sees a bit more alcohol. Mouth-filling, warming, satisfying feel. Leaves your glass all sticky. This is great stuff. Thanks Gusler! jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Vintage 2001-Brew date 12/2/1999. Deep auburn hue with a quickly disappearing french vanilla head. Aromas of vanilla, oak and alcohol. A myriad of subtle peppery spices with notes of butterscotch. Alocohol is quite well concealed but becomes evident on the noggin within a few minutes. Also a hop bitterness that becomes apparent in the long relaxing finish. A well constructed barleywine. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Oddly heady/foamy. Lighter than expected in color. Surprisingly drinkable stuff. Very bitter, but balanced by the tasty malt flavor. Sensational aroma! Some will say this is overly bitter.