Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 2003 bottle pours with a small head,and has a nice bourgandy color with a very sweet smell.the taste is very sweet,and hides the alcohol EXTREMELY WELL.good thing it comes in 4 packs. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2003 Vintage: Is it just me, or does every barleywine really smell of apples? Do I just really love barleywines now or am I just a drunk? These questions aside, I was very impressed with this, and will probably go back for a couple bottles to cellar for a bit beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Two vintages to rate, however the scores are for the 2001.hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
2003 Vintage: - Orangey-brown headless horseman with all the smooth sweet barleywine characteristics I was looking for. Aromas of caramel and some fruit but also alcohol. Sadly the fear that arose when alcohol was so evident in the aroma came true - an alcohol burn emerged quickly in the initial taste and stayed through thte finish. Very tasty but too young.
2001 Vintage - same initial impression visually but less alcohol on the nose. Maltier but not to the point the hoppiness disappeared. Much smoother than the 2003 and the alcohol takes much longer to make itself known. Could age more but was delicious now. Cheers to radiomgb for bringing this to one of our barleywine nights.
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 There is a thin quickly dissipating head with strong initial aromas of plum, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It has a beautiful deep amber colour, and is quite cloudy. The first sip is immense, powerful flavour overtakes the senses. It feels very sticky, and stays on my tongue and lips. There are many different flavours, making it hard for me to pin-point them. It finishes with a nice little bite of alcohol. Truly an excellent beer. jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
I wish I would have read this description before drinking, because I would have aged this one a bit. Mine was a mahogany color, with a tiny head and good lacing. Big malty aroma. The flavor was young and sweet. I had no idea this was 11.4%, as the alcohol was not evident in the flavor profile. A little to sticky and harsh, I can imagine it being really nice in a year or two.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Pours a beautiful deep burgundy with a modest white head that self terminated rather quickly and left very little lace. Usually this prevents the appearence score from being high but the color on this beer was so damn pretty. When held up to the light the beer casts red lazers throughout the room.
Dried Plums, trampled cherries, sweet raisins, malts, brown sugar and alcohol present in the aroma. Smells hefty and complex!
Starts out with plums and caramel then faids into a harsh alcohol bite but since it is woven with so many other flavors it is extreamly pleasant and warming. Sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses, and dried apples are intertwined with the alcohol bite to produce something that just simply tastes exquisite. aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
A downright gorgeous dark ruby body glows in the light. The yellowish tan head forms easily, but soon fades. The fading head is a bit of a disapointment, but what a gorgeous color the body is. The aroma is thickly malty with occassional whiffs of milk chocolate. There’s a hop bitterness that tingles the sinuses a bit, but it’s held in check to be a balancing note instead of overly dominate. The malt alternates between bread and that phantom chocolate with streaks of hop bitterness to break it up. A good bit of oak comes through toward the late middle. Awesome barleywine. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2004
I had a vintage 2001 bottle, bought and enjoyed in September of 2004. It poured a dark orange/brown color with a thin but sustained tan head. The aroma, spicy and nutty with sweet malt rising to the top. Strong alcohol presence in this thick drink, but the heaviness of the sweet mouth-feel made it slide down easily. Nice warm finish. Also left my lips & moustach quite sticky. Good drink. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Bought in Dec. 2003, sampled in Sept.
2004. Murky dark amber color with a small tan head. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Very sweet malt flavor with notes of molasses and dark fruits. Thick
mouthfeel, almost like chewing instead
of drinking. Nice warming alcohol finish.
Much better after being cellared for 9
months. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Vintage Bottle 2003, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty, clear, deep ruby color and is topped by an amber-tan creamy head. The aroma is heady with rich notes of malt, caramel, malt extract. The malt aromas are accentuated by hoppy notes of citrus, apricot, and orange. The taste is full and sweet, and it coats my mouth in a fruity accompaniment that is caused by a marriage of citrusy hop notes and dark fruit malt notes. This is pretty tasty, with notes of plum, raisins, citrus, pine, sherry, leather, and caramel. This beer is a good example of the Barley Wine style, it is perhaps weighted towards the hop end of the scale, but not so much that you can’t easily pick out the rich notes that the malts bring to this beer.