1FastSTi (3360) - 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
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2002
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.
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. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Dark bronze color with off redish hues. Off-white head with good lacing. Aroma is sweet with a fruity complex raisinish smell. Alcohol is well hidden in this giant beer. Flavor is of alcohol, almost cloying but a perfect balance of IBUs to balance out the flavor. Subtle hints of fig and cheeses. Dry and sweet, refreshing and wonderful. This is my favorite barleywine up until now. chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
I managed to bring back about 10 bottles from a 2000 trip to Oregon. I've been slowly sampling them from the beer seller and they are getting reallllly good now. I don't detect the sourness that I see others noted, but the balance for the style is really impressive for such a big beer. I'll be cracking open the next bottle around Halloween - I can't wait.... Reid (2536) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Bought in the 22 oz bomber..with a nice plain label...2002 reserve.
Well this starterd of as a rageing off white head but clamed down within 6 minutes to a nice lace..atop a slightly murky amber coloured beer,
mmmm the aroma of this ale is exceptional i sense all kinds of malts and hops in a dance of olafactory pleasure..also the alcohol is plain and in view..
Nice malty tatse quyicklly overcpome by the hop bitterness and more importantlly the alcohol..though its not unpleasant warming..its a toffee, buttery alcohol taste at first then a stronger alcoholic tasting Sherry wine.. wonderful stuff.
Very nice indeed in the mouth ..pretty smooth.
Al in all a very drinkable barley wine for 9%!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2002 Bottle. Deep amber color with a substantial off-white head. The aroma shows some really nice malt complexities. The hops are present but certainly not overpowering. Caramel, nuts, toasty grains, light pine and a hint of citrus. A moderate mouthfeel, neither too thick and syrupy, nor thin and watery. Full and robust flavors with a magnificent blend of smooth, toasty malts and moderate bitter hops. A real treat and one of my new favorite barleywines. The balance was incredibly refreshing. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2004
This barleywine pours with a deep red body topped by a thick, off-white head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet, bready and malty with a slight fruity note, a slight bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel/toffee, a slight fruitiness, a touch of bread and nice bitter hoppiness. Great flavor. Full bodied, amazingly smooth and slightly warming. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2004
750 ml bottle, shared with and provided by TAR (thanks buddy). Bright strawberry-cherry-red; enormous, luscious fruity nose, full of berries, licorice, vanilla, caramel and light fresh herbs. Incredibly smooth, quite sweet with just a twist of dry hops to finish; middle sweet and smooth; toxic perfume in the nose, seductive poisoned flowers...perhaps just a bit dry and dusty to finish, but what a masterful work overall! Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Orange amber bodied, clear, gently rising carbonation, short head, great lacing. When I looked at this brew, I just wanted to chug it all! Sweet and citrus aromas go on and on. Palate was very very smooth for such a big abv. This is a juicy beer - apple / orange juice sweetness in the malts and a lot of grapefruit mixed with pine in the hop department. Sure, I could’ve aged this bottle longer (2003), but I like ’em fresh and hoppy. This did not disappoint at all. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 2003 bottle. Poured a deep orange color. Head is almost yellowish white. Head leaves quickly and slight foam ring is left around the edges. Aroma is malty and hoppy. First taste is malty and fruity, almost like pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium. Malt seems to swirl about and then a long withdrawn hop finish. Indeed close to a 120 minute and Immort Ale hybrid.
2005 bottle sampled 11/05. A bright, highly polished copper color and incredibly clear. Big off-white head forms and slowly dies down but never seems to fade below a quarter inch in depth. Fresh fruity flavors, sweet and gummy. Lots of floral hops. Medium bodied and fairly smooth, alcohol is listed at 9% and hidden nicely. Bitterness is well done and fresh if that is possible. Listed at 91 IBUs but drinks smaller than that. Really nicely done and this will bump up the score a bit.