mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottled 2004. Pours a fairly dark ruby color. Aroma is sweet and somewhat fruity with some hoppiness. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is hoppy and malty. Slight roastiness in the finish. A little bit of alcohol is noticable as well. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
12oz. bottle 2001 thanks to Jeffc666. Murky dark amber color with a small tan head. Sweet malty, caramel aroma with hints of vanilla and wood. Flavor was sweet caramel malt, vanilla, alcohol and some bitter hops on the finish. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours a hazy red with a creamy tan head. Tart and fruity caramel aroma with some alcohol. A tiny bit of smoke also. Big caramel flavor with some vanilla, hops, a little cherry and again a hint of smoke. Slightly astingent bitter finish. Not too shabby. Ratman197 (14838) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2004 bottle pours a hazy garnet with an amber head. Aromas of apricots, cherries, malt, and some vinous notes. palate is a bit light for a barleywine. Very mild flavor for a barleywine. Ther are mild berry flavors, some licorice and a pleasing warm finish. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2004 Harvest: Murky brown with one tight row of bubbles for a head, this has a vinuous aroma of berries and alcohol. It’s a thick drink, sweet malt and dark fruit flavors with a burn of alcohol and a bite of earthy hop bitterness. With a sticky, burning finish, this actually isn’t that bad of a drink. And at a 9.5% ABV, I’m not gonna complain.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
04 bottle, very nice ripe berry aroma almost reminds me of a very estery belgian dubble, no head brownish red body, very sweet - overpowering berry flavor riding on waves of a medicinal backbone, light on the tongue with a bit of off handed bittering at the end that doesnt compliment the flavor much, overall it isnt bad - when it was fresh the flavor were more pronounced and melded together - 6 months out.. the body has kind of fallen apart meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This was a 1997 harvest bottle tasted 10/7/04. This poured a murky brown with no head and no lace. Smell is sweet with a strong alcohol and vinegar scent coming from it. At this point I was pretty sure this would taste like crap. Sour, strong alcohol and vinous is about all I can say to describe the taste. A bit of sweetness some where but not enough to keep this one from puckering me up with every sip. Mouthfeel was okay and drinkability was non-existent. Maybe the years didn’t take kindly to this one, but this is the first beer that made me involuntarily twitch with almost every sip. Hopefully I can come across a much younger bottle next time. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Not overly big or complex. Good malt forward mouthfeel with good conditioning. Mild ripe fruits and some herbal notes. Sweet berries and apricots with some liquorice and oaky vanilla. under hopped nose with very mild bitterness. Clean finish no defects. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Enchanting deep red color. Spotted, yet well laced film coating the surface. Aromatics of maple and honey covered dark fruits, along with a touch of caramel and toffee. The flavor, like the aroma, is much more malt accented with maple, caramel, fruit and toffee characteristics. Well balanced, not amazing, but balanced and pleasing to drink. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Very solid beer. Mucho balance, oakey, pleasing. It’s an everyday barleywine that seems to focus on craft rather than pop. Fresh herbal, licorice.