BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bottled. Not as bad as I was expecting from previous reviews. Pours a murky tan colour with significant white sediment that doesn’t completely settle. Very basic barleywine with aroma and flavour of molassas and caramely malt. Simple but still enjoyable. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Nip bottle from CaptianCougar. Pours a light hazy apricot color with small head. The aroma was malty and sweet with light fruity notes. The taste was the same with faded citrus notes. Lingering light bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking BW. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2008
I am very surprised by the low low scores of this. My bottle didn’t have any funkiness or astringency to it. Just a simple barleywine with some molasses and sweet characters throughout. A lot of chunks in the bottom of the bottle. An average barley wine to me, maybe a little on the low side. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2007
10th Ann. bottle from Ugh I believe. Amber, completely flat. Aroma has a very strange oxidation that’s hard to pinpoint, old grapes? Otehr than that straight forward carmel. Huge oxidation in the flavor. Toffee sweetness fades fast to cardboard and nothing else. Thins out quite a bit through the middle and finish. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours out of a petit little 6.3oz bottle pours a sediment chunky dull copper with tan head. Boy, that’s not much beer. Looks like a couple of quaffs. The aroma is nice with caramel and toffee that give way to dark fruitiness and hints of citrus hard candy. The flavor is nice and smooth with a suitable somewhat thick mouth feel. The flavor starts with pine and citrus sweet hop flavor that slowly build to a mild bitterness that is a little out of place. Along with the hops are mild caramel candy and toffee candy sweetness. The dark fruitiness really takes a back seat to the other flavor notes. Tasty.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2004gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
hazy burnt orange, scant head, sweet yet hoppy aroma with a touch of yeasty esters, light malt flavor followed by a very long hoppy then bitter finish, well balanced, lots of complex lingering hops, not a typical barleywine but quite tasty
Score: iii to ii
does not hold up as well in a full bottle as it does in the sample, becomes typical
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Tiny li’l cute 6oz bottle. Appearance is a chunky as hell caramel colored barley wine with no head. Aromas include raisin, alcohol and caramel. Flavors of alcohol, caramel, licorice. Strong alcohol presence, not too drinkable. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with no head and no lacing. Aroma of astringent alcohol, hairspray, and kerosine. Tastes like hoppy gasoline. Drain Pour. StLsportsfan (69) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2007
Like everyone else says...tastes like ______ (fill in the blank). It throws a lot at your pallate.
I don’t have much to compare too as this is my first Barley. I think I’l get a more reputable brand next time. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
A gentle pour off the tiny bottle brings forth some yeasty chunks into the dead, hazy, whisky-colored beer in my glass. Mild stickiness apparent upon swirling. Caramel is strong in the aroma with light, peaty smoke and roasts, mild fruit and delicate ABV. Tasting finds a sweet, woodsy, alcoholic nectar... crossing that line from a beer to something much, much more. I am simply confounded by the low percentile numbers above.
<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Events-Detail.asp?Eve Vintage Beer Fest 2007</font>