fidemaster (322) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 This is a sweet but complex beer. I like this beer nice and cold, the fruti flavors of strawberries, orange, and lemons combined with cramel, and toffe flavors is a nice combo. as with any goose island beer an excellent choice. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Incredibly sweet. Fruity taste with caramel notes, some toffee. Hides the alcohol quite well. Chewy mouthfeel, the snifter they brought me was probably just enough, perhaps a bit too much of this uber-sweet brew. Good beer, though Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Dark amber with a thick, tan head. Fruity aroma of strawberry, banana, oranges, sticky caramel, chocolate, plum and toffee. Nice flavors of citrus, caramel, berry, banana and many fruity esters. Warms the body and grows more bitter as it reaches room temperature. One of the best Goose Island beers I've had. Smooth and tasty, maybe a little sweeter than most, but a nice change from most intensely bitter Barley Wines. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Draught: violet bronze. Sticky cream on top that gives off pink hues at the edges. Strong dark caramel and alcohol aroma. Sweet raisins and dark red grapes. Sticky pine sap. Outrageously gooey palate that is very well carbonated. Bitter notes cling to the back of the throat and could be pine bark. How can this be 10%? Flavours are peppery at first, offering an interesting twist to the sweet aromatic malts and then turns into some chewy grain (wheat) and sugar coated pine cones. Definetly a big beer that deserves some respect, well done. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Aroma: cherries, oak, small aceatone scents. also, chocolate, apples, and roasted malts.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Appearance: mohogany with a small off-white head
Flavor: very sweet, fruity flavors. slight chocolate. alcohol is well masked. Light, creamy coffee flavors--like a mocha coffee drink made with whole milk. strong dark cherry flavors. Overall, very complex.
Palate: very smooth and creamy with hoppy bite. cherry aftertaste.
Overall: excellent barley wine. don't drink it while eating the quesadillas though!
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 A rerate of a 2000 vintage that was bottled by former Goose Brewer Jim Cebak. Absolutely fantastic! Thick ans sweet wtih an incredible ruby red appearance. 4 years int he bottle and no oxidation present at all. The flavor explodes with sweet prunes, apples and raisons. The palate is incredible and stays with you for 15 minutes after a single sip. Coconut creme pie was described by a fellow lucky taster adn is most fitting. Creamy and delicious. boto (2247) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Draught: This was supurb! This wonderful example of a barleywine poured a deep, ruby red color. There was almost no head to it. There was a slight whiff of alcohol to the nose, and an almost like sherry-like quality to the aroma. A very sweet, rich, complex taste, with fruit undertones. 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 No head on a purple body. Sweet black cherries, watermelon, plum and oak in the aroma. Flavor is a chocolate syrup, very sticky and sweet, like grape and cherry juices. Low carbonation, but very smooth and thick. Finish is a sticky apple and cherry.