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'. PhillyBeer2112 (2882) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Brewed 11/10/98, Bottled 1999, Sampled October 2002. Intense fruity orangey, apple, and date aromas plus spicy hops. Hazy orange-amber with small fading head. Strong and sweet; fruity with alcohol, smoky and herbal notes. Warming balanced finish. Intoxicating. Low carbonation and quite smooth. Outstanding.apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Score based on this sampling.
2003 sampled in 2006: Appealing dark honeyed odor. Medium foaming head, light haze from yeast. Fruity and spicy with persimmon.
Ar8, Ap4, Fl8, P4, O17
2005 sampled in 2006: Lighter golden color. Resiny and citric hops more apparent. Minty. Refreshing. Solid bitter finish. Ar7, Ap4, Fl8, P3, O17
VERY ROBUST!!! Very fruity and chocolate? malts present in the flavor. Can't quite put my finger on it all, but this has a lot going on. Aroma of roasted nuts and malts. Smooth and good. nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Pours beautifully, very smooth, very rich, very balanced. Much like foghorn, enough quantity made to have some consistancy. Yummy xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 So many ridiculous sweet and fruity flavors, everyone points out the hops but it's so well balanced. You'll notice a million new flavors each time you try it. Definitely an amazing barleywine.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Falling Rock, 1999 12oz bottle drank in 2003: Deep orange with no head. Brown sugar, molasses, and a deep rich aroma come from the snifter. Soft and smooth, with a long dry sweet aftertaste. So I'm drinking this beer outside and go into Falling Rock to escape the chilly night. I find myself standing in front of Greg Koch. Greg! Volgon! I ask him what he is drinking and then he asks me. I show him the empty bottle that I'm taking with me. He proceeds to trash talk the brewery and say how it went downhill years ago. He asks me how I like it? It's excellent, I say. Good, he smiles, meet the brewer and points to the man next to him that is talking with us. What a bastard! HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Large Sample @ the brewery-Wonderful malt and enough hops to support it. Storing a bomber for later consumption. I'd like to see how much of this I could drink. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 2003 22 oz bottle 9%. wow, what a great smelling beer. hoppy smelling with a dark red pour. sweet tasting wonderful beer. pours with no head at all. caramel flavor noticed as well. very warming taste that masks the alcohol very well. this is a great barley wine, second only to bells third coast old ale.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
2004 bottle drank 12/12/06 - updated rating a bit. this one has had 2+ years of age on it, and since then the flavor has developed into a barley wine something like i have never had before! almost a "session" barleywine if you will. smell is full of fruits and sugar and alot of the hops are gone. taste is smooth and rich and very easy to drink. sort of reminds me of a smooth less sweet fuller bodied anchor old foghorn. this has always been a world class barley wine to me, and always something i love to get my hands on. rating does not change. awesome beer.
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 1999 vintage, 12 oz bottle. Reddish amber color with a small (surprised the was any) head. What a lushous aroma of dark fruits and malt. You can smell it from arms distance. Sure it’s malty but there is still a pronouned hop presence. My guess is that this is peaked this year. There was just a small hint of oxidation. Aging mellowed out the oakiness to the point where it is silky smooth. This is one amazing beer. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 2003 vintage sampled with Chuck! Thanks a billion! Looks like apple cider. The aroma is Ambrosia fruit salad, flaked barley, malty, apples, nice malts. The flavor is very nice. Fresh flaked barley and whole grain cereals, almonds, Waldorf fruit salad, malts and Goldings hops. Very delicious. The palate is very smooth and hides the 10+% alcohol. Rich and awesome. This is a really good beer. 9, 3, 9, 4, 19 = 4.4
Brewed on 11/10/1998. Bottled on 10/07/1999. Consumed on 03/22/2007. This really old vintage came in a 12 oz bottle and was well worth the $$$ I had to pay to get it. The beer pours to a bronzed amber body with a sexy glowing vibrance before I did a full pour. Then it became slightly murky. Ultra-tiny bubbles slowly rise through the body and were visible before full pour. A thin white head graces the top of the beer. The aroma leaps out of my barleywine glass. Sweetly delicious. Ambrosia, Waldorf salad, light barley, nice sherry, madiera, and a highlands or blended scotch. My God! It’s so nicely blended and perfect. The flavor is sherry, sweet barley whiskey wash, and is simply phenomenal. Extremely complex. Perhaps lightly oxidized but I don’t care, I love how this tastes. The palate is coating, lingering, sweet, moderately full-bodied, and nicely textured. Some noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Further consumption leaves toffees and nougats on the palate. I’d say this vintage still has some years left.