kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2005
pours a cloudy reddish brown. no head no lacing. probably from the alcohol. taste is nothing like the other barley wines i have had. tastes are subtle and well balanced so far my favorite barley wine. joergen (28949) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Red colour with a small beige head.
Spicy aroma with notes of bananas and alcohol.
Powerful sweet spicy flavour with notes of alcohol and bananas.
Good barley wine. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
2003 vintage. To begin with this is one sensational Barleywine from NC. Pours a beautiful deep amber/orange color, but maintains only a very thin whispy head. Luscious, rich aromas of brandy, dark rum, plum, raisin, fig and caramel. Flavors of aformentioned dark fruits, cherry, oak and chocolate just completely overtake one’s taste receptors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and chewy. Alcohol level is exceptionally well balanced and certainly enhances the aromas and flavors enjoyed here. If you can find this, give it a try. Definitely a winner! Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - FEB 13, 2005
04 bottle pours red with a brown tint and a thinner tan orange head that is more tan than orange. aroma is lighter than expected notes of lawn clippings and pineapple and a butload of sweetness and diesel fuel. whoa slow down there cowboy this is a sipper. the first taste was a bit much it made me cringe. but the rum like plum flavors came through on the second taste. wow the bitterness bleedss through this but it is still cloying. a medicinal taste remains with this. christwagons this is raw. note to self age this fucker. but it should be interesting to compare notes down the line. i can taste a doughy raisin something that is angry, not as angry as me, but angry nonetheless. damn this is potent. i have learned that elvis costello and barleywines don’t mix. both are good on their own but don’t fit the same room. damn the harsh flavors makes me want to kick a kid in a wheel chair. twice. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2003-Pours a nice looking cherry color with a small off-white head. Aroma is a little sweet. Some carmel and a little smoke fill the nose. Very mellow flavor. A great malt backbone with a sticky carmel and raisin flavor. I feel the alcohol in the finish. Well hidden. A very good Barleywine.
Reid (2605) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Ok its a nice looking brown with ruby accents,the head is small and off white colour..very nice lacing present throughout the glass.
Very rich,creamy,malty aromas,backed by a spicy scent of alcohol
Good taste,pretty "thick" and fruity,rum and raisin!. Slight hoppy bitterness complimented by the alcohol, which is rather sherry like .
Quite nice on the palate,smooth until the end, alcohol warmth present in the throat.
Its a very nice cold night sipper, though I doubt I can manage more than one at a sitting.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 2006 On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Aroma of rich, dense sugars licked with spicy grandeur, lifting hop residue and rich alcohols. Pours a mixed ruddy and brown, with sweeping bronze fringes and a silky soap of off-white on tap. Flavor is thick, lubricious and bold. There’s amazing runs of nuttiness, complex mature fruits, bold spice and lively warm banana flesh. This is really expressive, dense and nuanced. I’m really impressed! Awesome character on a curt and slightly alcoholic body, that leaves mostly dry and imparts a great spicy smack of beautifully aging Fuggles. Really awesome at this point. So much character, depth, flavor, build and expressive. Smack carries for ever with mature alcohol soaked woods, raw sugars and reminiscence of hops. Really awesome beer at this point.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
2003 12oz Bottle Great fresh caramel aroma. Nice ruddy amber glow. Sweet and broad on the palate. Not very complex, but extremely drinkable. Very creamy. Smooth.
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 Bottle. Dark red-brown with small beige head. Plenty of alcohol from start to finish, sweet, over-ripe fruit, fortified wine, bitter finish. A nice beer for sipping - but not great. SpringsLicker (3663) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2003 vintage bottle purchased 1/24/05.
Clear medium brown color with just a blush of red at the edges. Average sized thick head for a Barleywine.
Heavy, thick, sheets of lacing from this one too.
Very little aroma from this one cold as might be expected, but as it warms it blossoms with fruits and caramel.
The malty brew has a good amount of body and hides it’s alcohol well. Not a bad sipper.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2002 - Dark orangy brown color, with very little head. Aroma is big and sweet with a rich carmel malty presence. Flavor is strong malt, quite sweet, fig tones, moderatly chewy, moderate hop presence, hints of chocolate, and dark cherry. Very rich and complex. Strong alcohol character, but not overpowering. Excellent beer.