3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle - Oh man, does this stuff smell like Leviathan? The wood cask tannins, the wine grape aromas, the midium hopped silky sweet malt body. A light alcohol presence and a little bit of burnt plums and wood are present, helping this beer just radiate a beautiful nose. Thick body, but lacking a depth of flavor from the time it initially touches the lips to the time when it’s rolled back down the tongue and gone... the finish is where most of the flavors show up, and they are a big disappointment with respect to the aroma... some metallic hops, some rotten wood, and an overtone of chemicals... damn, I was really hoping for something different. Too hot all around... Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2004
This barley wine pours with an amber-brown body topped by a medium thick to thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, caramelly and malty with a note of candy sugar, a slight underlying bitterness and a touch of grapefruit and alcohol. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with a strong alcohol presence and a touch of malt and caramel. Full bodied, warming and slightly dry. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Thick redish brown. Very sweet tastes of apples, figs, a good, hops are restrained but provide for a nice finish. TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Solid appearance pouring an orange/amber color with a big off white head that is well retained. Big aroma of toffee, licorice, alcohol, and hops. Mouth filling flavors of caramel, grapefruit, malt, hops, and alcohol. This is very good. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
Pours a brown color and a thin head. Nice aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Powerfull flavors of caramel, malt and hops. Very good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Man, check this one out. Pretty darn good if you ask me. Malty sweet in the nose and taste with that same kick of sharp hops present in both. One of the better barley wines that I have had. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Deep amber color with nice beige head. Pleasant aroma. Malt, sweet, fruity, perfumy. Good texture. Rich and almost syrupy. Flavor was somewhat sweet with a hint of smoke and scotch whiskey. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
Initial alcohol aroma dissipates leaving caramelcaramel, burnt toffee and strong grapefruit-citrus hops. Cloudy, light brown with yeast in suspension. Light tan head recedes with decent lace to thick cover. Orange-citrus, pine hops dominate a thick, sweet malty flavour. Lasting bitterness in the long, dry finish. Smooth, thick and creamy - it coats the insides of your mouth. A nice bite from the bitterness toward the end. Overall, I find this one to be a bit too unbalanced to be truly great, but the elements are certainly there. It’s just plain over-hopped. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere). Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
Thanks to hopsrus for sending this a while ago! Bottle-conditioned, medium to deep brown body, very cloudy with a low light brown head. Aroma is intensely hoppy, grapefruity, lemony. Hops hide most of the rest. Definitely west coast in mouth too, huge cascade grapefruity hops, resinous, piney and quite overwhelming actually. A hint of caramel is noticeable, but it feels like the hops keep it from expressing its glory. Very bitter dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel, very interesting, with a perfect amount of carbonation and feeling not unlike a fudge bar that melts in the mouth. Looks ain’t everything! MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Clear red brown. Nice nose, pine and citric hops assert themselves, also a bit of caramel sweetness as a balance. Malts upfront are OK, some toffee there, but fades a bit. Hops come on nicely, good kick, nice bitterness. Not bad at all.