MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
I missed this at the Toronado Barleywine festival - so here it is in bottle. Dark pour with very little head. Strong malt with flavor. It is very thick and syrupy - needs to be balanced a bit with some hops. Strong plum sweetness. But the real question is, will Kansas overcome the 18 point deficit or will Syracuse continue to dominate? iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Sweet, lucious alcohol grapefruit aroma. Good amount of juniper berries and hops. . . wonderful mouthfeel and a beautiful finish. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
Grapefruity aroma. Malt is floral/grapefruit, a touch of toffee as well. Incredibly smooth on the palate. Fruity, but not sour or cloying, an unusually high rating for me given the grapefruity undertones present here. Balance wins here in a big way, and the best part about this beer is the finish. A fruity interpretation of the style, but innovative and pulled off well. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
After the sweetness of the Old Saguero, this was a refreshing barleywine. Tasty, with floral hops and a subdued, creamy flavor. Alcohol was present but not too strong. There was probably a little to be desired, but all in all, this was quite enjoyable. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Super sweet. Cloying. Needs way more bittering hops to balance this beer. Very syrupy. (Note: Apparently my taste buds don't match the judges'--this beer took 5th place in the festival.)
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Aroma is dominated by floral and malty smells. A little alcogol present. Flavor was balanced - not a lot of finishing hops compared to other BWs. More of an old ale or scotch ale. SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
There's a slight hoppy aroma that can't quite get past the vanilla lethal alcohol smell. It pours a beautiful dark magenta with a head that starts big and sticks around the edges over time. The taste is the one thing that I can't get past. It is a bit one dimensional. There is a big hop presence, but it can't stand up to the alcohol. Perhaps aging this another year would even this out. It is definitely on my list for a rerate in a year, if I can find another bottle to cellar, although, I can't find a vintage on the bottle, so who knows when it's from.
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Bottle. A deep mahogany color with a wonderfully creamy light-brown head that left a trail all down the glass. Sticky sweet body. The aroma is fruit filled with pineapple, raisins, and plums. Sweet malts and caramel provide the foundation. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Mahogany color, medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. A milder flavor and taste to this barleywine. Its not one of those smash you in the taste buds with a mallet style barleywine, it more subtle and mellow. Malty with a very definite chocolate, coffee and caramel flavor, there is also a bit of pineapple and fruit. Nice flavor, and hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
clear, reddish brown colored, long lasting head. an average barleywine......