HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2002
A huge beer. Big malt, big ABV, and a good hop charge. Destined to be a classic example of the style. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 2001; Huge malt aromas and short lived pineapple hop flavors imerge from a perfectly beaded head. Malts in this guy will knock you over combined with the alcohol. Fresh it is intenesly syrupy,and hoppy. Probably a good one to age. Huge BW. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 This is everything I like to taste in a barleywine. Taste was full, sweet, and smooth. Mild finish, leaves a great taste in your mouth. Certainly one of Full Sail’s best. Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
Reserve(99). One of the better barleywines i have had. Thick, cloudy body - sweet and hoppy. Very apparent alcohol. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 The aroma is outstnading in it's deep maltedness; reminiscent of a deep scottish ale malt base, but with...uhhh...91 IBUs added. Brewed 12/02/99, bottled 2001. Quite sweet followthrough, a pretty hefty alcoholic burn alllll the way down. I'm not the biggest of barleywine fans, and I have limited expereience, but I can tell this is real real good.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Re-Rate 06/27/02: Vintage 2001 - Well this big bad boy has been ageing away, for over a year. Deep clear brown in color, the head is frothy, light beige, the lace sticks to the glass in sheets. Nose is big malt, caramel, baked apples, somewhat sweet and earthy. Sweet at the front, the top is full, the finish is hop laden, the aftertaste is long and alcohol bitter, the high abv sends a nice warm feeling to the tummy. One of the top 5 ’Barley Wines’ of All Time, in my book at least, but not meant for ’WEENIES’. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 (2001) Meaty aroma, candy apples, caramel malt, and a sharpness that is unprecedented. Acidic twang on the palate, with assertive complex fruitiness and a peppery shade. A very different barleywine. Certainly, one of the best in the world. (1999) A full bodied barleywine with a cloudy appearance and huge hop smack! BillKrause99 (8) - Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2002 does not count
The older the barley wine the smoother it is. The end of season reserves are always best AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2002
98 bottling. Lovely hoppy aromas, beautiful brown color. Very wonderful complexity with malt and a hint of a molasses. REALLY liked this a lot. Too bad its fairly hard to come by. Have a 2001 bottle aging at least two more years and the wait is gonna be excruciating. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 20, 2002
The quinessential American barleywine. This one has it all: deep malt flavor, lush body, powerful hop finish, and swirling complexity throughout. Let it age a year or two, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Re rate: Just sampled some of this elixer that was brewed in 1995, and it’s even better with 7 years on it! My pick for best barleywine at the Tononado Barleywine Festival.