heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Fairly dark gold with some chunky yeast that came out at the end of the pour. I tried to stop, but it was too late. Slightly sour apple and some hay. Odd aroma for a barley wine. The taste is a little sweet, like pancake syrup and it has some brown sugar. A fairly bitter finish of apple core. A poor version of the style. An odd combination of bitterness and some alcohol burn. Not pleasant. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
8/15/04: Bottle. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Aroma of alcohol and malt with some sweet and sour. Flat, burnt-orange body. Rather tranquil looking. Powerful malt flavor which includes fruit (raisin/plum) and alcohol. Quite strong. A good BW, I’m surprised by the overall low rating. 2000 Vintage.
Low carbonation, noe head nor lacing, hazy brown crimson color. Oily sandy legs. The aroma is malty like brown sugar and hoppy like fruity banana or lychee nuts. The flavor is cloying sweet and minerally with a good amount of dry alcohol. Almost taking a tablespoon of nutmeg down but it’s not that bad. Perhaps I was of the few who got a "good" bottle. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Cloudy gold with no head and tiny spots of lace. Musky aroma of fruits and malts. Bitter hops and citrus. Cinnamon. Overly sweet malts in the flavor. Strong alcohol follows. Spicy. Lots of toffee and butterscotch. Chewy palate. A bit cloying. Finishes with sweet alcohol. notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Copper in color with lots of chunky floaties - weak aroma, just a touch of fruit - this is the thinnest, most bland barleywine I’ve ever had - there is almost nothing going on besides a background sprinkling of caramel and oats under the otherwise watery, boring taste - flat finish with a bit of hops and an odd, metallic aftertaste.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Looks like apple cider with brown food coloring.1 strike.Smells like this nasty plum wine I often stole from my Mom’s liquor cabinet when I was underage. Strike two.Tastes like this nasty plum wine....Strike three = drain pour.Thanks to whomever gave this to me,be carefull opening your mail !!! kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Thick & hazy lightl amber, no head, alcohol clings like syrup to the sides of the glass. Malty, musty, alcoholic, & piney. Lightly woody & solventy; hints of caramel, alcohol gives way to more solventy alcohol and toasty malt as it warms. Fairly thin & solventy flavored; balanced to lightly bitter; caramel, woody & earthy hop; finish is malty & hop flavored, aftertaste turns bitter & earthy hop. Fruitiness if moderate. Smooth but overly warming, full body; very low carbonation. Not a very good BW IMHO. Too bitter & solventy to be drinkable for more than the 6 oz. bottle. Thin & bitter! HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 2000 vintage. Rusty orange color with yeast floaties. Smells very alcoholic with some sweetness. Wow, the flavor is disgusting with an alcoholic burn. Eeewwwww. JFGrind (2046) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2000 Vintage - Bottling this barley wine unfiltered into a 6+ ounce bottle was a MAJOR mistake by the brewery. I carefully poured the contents into a glass but still had clumps of sediment fall out of the bottle. I let this beer sit and the flavor was more pronounced as it warmed. I was not happy paying $1.99 USD for five ounces of barley wine I had to wait to drink. Redeeming factor is bottle can be re-used for home brewing. It will be a tester bottle. badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Pours like a Jell-o mold. While most people may think "there’s always room for Jell-o!" I have to disagree. Bad, orange color with about a 50/50 ratio of liquid to solid. Nasty. Very bitter tasting and some citrus. How this is any form of barley wine, or beer, is beyond me. It seems more like a bad atempt at an Abbey Tripel.