stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Great barleywine. I like the mild bitterness on the finish, probably from a roasted malt more than a boiling hop. One of my favorites with Old Nick and Hog Heaven. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
GABF '03, light brown/ruby in color with no head.Aroma is sweet,malty with some fruit.Flavor is malty,sweet, and winey. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Draft at brewpub. Deep burgundy, decent head. Dark fruity aroma, like ripe blackberries. Malty sweet, with raisin and currant notes. Faint note of the pepsin candy gum I used to get in my Halloween bucket during my youth. Hint of hop bitterness in finish. A good brew. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
This is the way that a barleywine should taste. Pours a deep dark brown color with a tiny fizzy head, leaving some light foam around the rim. Some sweet hops flavors, and light fruits. This was one of my favorite barleywines, very complex and very balanced. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Straight up Barleywine here. Brown to ruby red in color, moderate but typical head. Aroma is malt and sweet. Taste is vinous, sweet and slightly fruity. Moderately hopped, sweet and malty finish. No gimmics here folks, just the facts.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
I'm a barleywine fan, so I was anxious to try this one from Marin Brewing. It didn't disappoint. Poured dark brown with a small head that left nice lacing. Ruby highlights came out when held to light. Full, complex aroma, lots of sweet fruity roasted malts, molasses, coffee, pine and floral hops. Rich flavor with dried fruits - prunes, raisins and apricots. Very sweet with some balancing hops as well. Thick, smooth and rich mouthfeel. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Dark caramel and a change from sip one on that just seems to get better. Would say that while it comes across as being a BIG beer, it otherwise hides the alcohol well. Meaning? Malty and complex with a rather lesser hop/biterness than many American barleywines that I have tried. Not to say that it doesn't have the right amount when being paired with as much malt as this must have. A gentle beast. Really enjoying this. So much so that I will leave it at that and just go back to sipping. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
deep amber color, sweet and pleasant flavor, nothing to jump up and down about... Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2003
Fruity, malty, herbal aroma, some light brown sugar, cinnamon, faint alcohol, pineapple, spice and earthiness. Deep reddish brown in color, filtered, with a fine head and delicate lacing. Flavor is sweetly malty, almost sugary, with some faint apple, red grape, light pine and spiciness. Some subtlety here. Mellow Barleywine. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 16, 2003
A deep mahogany color with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with a touch of hops. Taste starts very sweet and pretty much stays that way, slightly acidic, not much bitter. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet.