5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle: Thick brownish color, small dishwater like head, no lacing.   Almost seems still.   I suppose that is to be expected for a beer thats I believe to be at least 5 years old.   Heavy malt aroma, figs, dates, some molasses.   Rich caramel malt flavor, loads of figs and molasses.   Seems like a well aged English Barleywine.   Fairly big in body, moderate mouthfeel.   Thick, almost syrupy finish.   Warming, but the ABV is well hidden.   No real hop presense, unlike when this stuff was fresh.   Still quite good after all these years.   Thanks mattbob for sharing this gem! Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2000 vintage. This beer was clear and amber in color with no head. The aroma was on the light side with mostly just sweet caramel maltiness. The flavor seemed like a medium caramel maltiness along with a vein of pine hoppy flavor. The body was on the thin side.Crit (4020) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
11/03/2007 tasting with after4ever and bitbucket. 2001 vintage courtesy of after4ever. Thanks buddy. It pours deep amber to brown with thin to no head. The aroma is pretty big with a mixture of syrupy caramel and dark fruit of cherries, dates and prunes. It smells as if the fruit is soaking in chocolate and booze. The taste is big and bold with caramel and dark grapes, mild tannins, dates and prunes. Midway a mild chocolate note surfaces. Toward the finish some faint olive murmurs up from the depths. The alcohol shows up in the nose and flavor but is just right for the style.
Murky deep brown, little or no head.Maple and malt whiskey alcohol nose.Chewy, with woody, maple and dark fruit notes,Med alc heat, rather flat..
I don’t find this at all pleasing. Highly overrated Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 I sampled some 5 year old stuff at the LaConner, Wa. brewery. To say this brew was brandylike, would be an understatement. The head was minimal, and dissipated quickly, sort of mirroring my state of being, by the end of glass number two. There was a reason for this...this barleywine clocked in at 14% alcohol! It was incredibly complex, featuring notes of figs, dates, raisins, apricots, and plums, all beautifully underpinned by a subtle woodiness. The body was absolutely syrupy and voluptuous, and the overall impression was of an oaky long aged fruit flavored cognac. The aftertaste was incredibly long, and totally mouth-coating.
I’ve never tasted a barleywine quite like this one (and I don’t say this just because I know the brewmaster!) Amazing nectar!!! heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Tap, at the brewpuc. Big boozy brandyish candy sweet aroma. Some hot alcohol as well. Quite oaky, lots of brandy character, with a very hot alcoholic finish. Thick juicy mouthfeel. Ultimately a little boozy and brandyish for my tastes.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Very hazy,red/oarnge. Nice ring of tiny bubbles,doesn't really form head,but holds. Thick aroma of caramel,nuts,fruit,bread,alcohol and hops. Very thick,sharp mouth feel. Soft carbonation. Big flavors of caramel,toffee,bready malts. Lots of underlying hops and alcohol. Finish is malty and orange rind/hops flavor. Very good! Looks and tastes almost exactly the same as Polyphemus I'm drinking now,but thicker. I had this last night while moping,that I couldn't get a connection on the computer....Thanks Andre! WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2004
This is a big beer. Depth of malt is like no beer I've ever tasted. Intensity of alcohol and maltiness are balanced by a nice subtle hoppiness. BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Lovely reddish/russet color - modest beige head. Aroma of maple, burnt sugar and alcohol. Catching a whiff of some yeast and grains. At first I thought TAR must have been a little zealous with his descriptors, but there is lot going on here. Woody, almost like cedar. Sweet, but not too - nicely balanced with hops. Alcohol is evident. Apple in the finish. Creamy texture. Very nice. Thank you to joet for giving me this one! TAR (2775) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Clear maple. Light bronze tinged foam. Delicately sweet, round aroma of soft bourbon notes (from the wood aging), maple, fig, wet bread, candied hazelnut, jellied fruits, and glazed pear, and red apple. Underlying phenol, fig, and balancing passionfruit. Mellowly soft, thick mouthfeel. Miniscule carbonation. Subtle firm woody flavors with bushels of dark fruits. Rich burnt sugar finish with hints of wood and mellow shades of fruit. So mellow, beautiful, and wonderfully balanced. A humdinger of a brew. Thanks, hopsrus! KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2003
Aroma is like caramel candy---very attractive...Looks like cloudy brown grog---virtually no head but leaves light speckled lace...Caramel appears again in the tasting, with noticeable medicinal tanginess. Carbonation is extremely light. Hops add a touch of dryness, which lingers into the malty sweet finish. Body is medium-full. The balance is malt-heavy to be sure, as one would expect, but this is decidedly lacking in complexity. Overall, this is quite flavorful stuff, but just doesn't offer enough range of sensations to compete with the better barley wines.