sloth (2884) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled in 99, 9.3oz. Poured real flat. Dark brown/black. Musty, corkey, licoricey nose with some rubbery notes also.Med/full body. Medium sweetness. Predominant sourness, some acidity and oxydation to boot. Mainly some malt, roastiness. Finishes medium sweet with some astringency. Didnt age well i guess? Something of a let down. Was hoping for a little more.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rummed apple cider. Similar to scotch oak aged barrels. Dominated throughout with a box of raisins. As it warms there is more of a vinegar taste.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 1982: I don't think this has aged quite as well as you'd expect a Cabernet Sauvignon of the smae age to. But it has shown itself to be a very robust barleywine, reddish brown colour, vinous, musty corky aroma. Very vinous, raisiny flavour with unprecedented alcohol integration. Age has let a little bit of wet cardboard find its way in, otherwise, a fine and interesting old barleywine.
argo0 (14124) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Sampled 5/21/03, 1997 Bottle #6098): Murky brown body with no head -- looks like iced tea. Aroma is vinous and woodsy, cork, raisin and plum. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, malty, vinous. Completely flat, even a bit thin. So basically, the beer looks like shit and has a crappy mouthfeel, but has a great aroma and decent flavor. Tough beer to rate.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2003 Bottled. Pouring with a brown fluffy head and plenty of gas, it looked and smelt all the world like a Belgium double. Dark brown with reddish hue. Slightly cloudy. Sweet caramel/toffee smell. Sweet with tart background, smooth silky palate. I was very excited a first (being impressed by the cork and all) but settled down to what I think is a fair rate.
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Cloudy amber in color, off white head. Quite carbonated. Sweet aroma - grapes, slight yeast, slight caramel/cotton candy, slight roast on finish. Sweet flavor, very wine like, a bit thin. Hard to believe this is 9%abv.
Jayb0 (1184) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid if not outstanding old ale. Nice packaging, pours chestnut brown with little to no head. Aroma slightly musty, malty. Barleywine flavors but kind of flat, one dimensional. medium high carbonation. Pleasant enough.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was a recommended by the owner of a beer store I frequent so I gave it a try. Looked promising in it's corked bottle(brewed 2001) and poured deep amber with very little head. Taste was almost like a barley wine, sweet and very malty. Mouthfeel very fizzy and carbonated. Also an alcahol taste I didn't care for.
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 1997, great in Aroma, but only worth trying for a barley wine lover
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 1996, bottle #2902. Pruny look and taste. Oatmeal, vanilla, vodka and prune aroma. Smells damp and old in a good way. Oily near flat mouthfeel. Drank it from a brandy snifter. Malty, tart apple-butter, spice flavor. Pleasant, almost cordial-like profile, as its pretty sweet. Hops have all but vanished. Worth a try for old ale, barley wine lovers.