TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
A deep brown colored brew that carries a big nose of burnt raisins, brown sugar and is full bodied with a malty finish. TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2004
Pours dark brown with a medium brwon head. Odd for a barley wine, I think. Aroma is rich! Sugary malts, alcohol, dark rum soaked fruits, light hops and caramel. WOW! The taste is phenomenal! More alcohol, more caramel, some toffeeish notes, more dark fruit, malt, hops, some brown sugar, light woody notes, etc. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. Finish with sweetned hops. That sounds like an oxymoron, but that's what I get. Damn good beer and dangerously easy to drink. I could get in trouble this... BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2004
02 Vintage: Dark brown/ruby color with a small sticky cloudy tan ring of head with an oily slick cap of lace. The aroma is loaded with alcohol blended with hops and lots of malt spice and brown sugar. The flavor is well balanced and smooth with more of the malts coming through. Finishes a little astringent and dry. Solid barleywine with good foundation of flavors and lack of complexity. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
02 Vintage This was found in a small nook in a small wine, beer and cheese shop in Moscow, ID. Very dark mahogany with a head of large bubbles with small, spotty lacing. Large aromas of sweet malts, wine grapes, brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. Mellow flavors comparitive to the nose. The sweet malts are still pretty prominent, followed by a strong grape presence, bitter hops come forth, leaving you with a touch of alcohol. Very dry palate, nice malty body, and a bitter alcohol finish. Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Dec 2003 offering
You know, this is quite good, but rating it against other Barleywines, it's okay.
Pours a dark brown with no head but some lacing.
Scent is mostly of dark fruits; cherries, apricots, dates and plums. On the plus side, the alcohol isn't over-powering
Taste is also mainly of the darker fruits; dates, cherries and plums, but there is a hop presence. The alcohol is more apparent here.
Mouthfeel has a nice bite and isn't as astringent as most. There's a faint but nice mineral sensation as well. Overall this is okay but far from great. It's a nice change from the other Barleywines out there, though, and worth trying.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Earthy brown coloring, with a negligible head. Aroma, arousing, full of dark fruit and alcohol, sharp, sweet, nutty, malty. Taste: rich and tasty, very small hop appearance, thick with malt, candy, toffee, very complex, with the alcoholic sting rising up through each sip. Flavor never ends, gets deeper, revealing flavors of raisins and plums. Full-bodied, with a warm, fruity finish, this is a welcome take on the barleywine style, not what I'd expected, but quite enjoyable. jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Clear deep amber color with a beige colored foam ring around the glass and a sweet, acetate nose. Lots of fruit and vinous qualities but the finish is raw hops. It felt a little young to me and might be an excellent beer when it balances out a little better. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 2002: Darker red/brown for a BW. Pretty tan,lasting head. Awesome English style,sticky/sweet malts aroma. Maybe some hop resins also. Full,round mouthfeel. Lots of bready malts,and toffee in the flavor.Malts are slightly fruity as well. Juicy hops in the finish.Excellent BW,Thank you Hops. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Very much the English Old ale! Color was cloudy and brownish red. Little head. Flavor was malty, sweet and slighty hoppy, I'd guess Fuggle or maybe Centennial. Nice barley. Good company, cheers Raindog! Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Dec. 2002 bottle. Smells great, sugar, alcohol, vanilla, and molassis. Clear appearance, yet dark and complex looking. Taste starts with fruit and alcohol, and finishes with a dry, burnt taste that sticks to your mouth. Alcohol sting is a little much, but this beer is nothing to complain about. Wish I had the 2001 bottle like TAR!