FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Vintage Bottle 2003, Sampled September 2004EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 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.
HUGE, thick, golden-amber hued head that stays nice and long. A sweet aroma with elements of cinnamon, citrus and mixed fruit. This ale is seriously fun to drink. It tingles the tongue and fills the sinuses with a nice touch of alcohol. Hops are all over the place ans it’s warm and sticky in the mouth. I’m down. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Bottled, 2003 edition. What can I add to these raves? It’s just some kind of mad beer. Pours a "bright" brown that doesn’t make you think of barley wine just yet. Nice tan head on top. Mouthfeel is sticky, even for a barleywine, and rough like a buckwheat honey. This is full of rough edges, yet I wanted to savor every one of them. Couldn’t figure the malt presence, but toward the end of the sample, my upper lip was curled slightly inward. rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Ruby red, crystal clear liquid was topped with a small foamy head that did not last. The aroma was sweet and malty with honey, raisin, cherry, and vanilla notes. The taste was rich, with warm alcohol reminiscent of port wine or rum, buttery toffee, roasted nuts, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel was dry and roasty with a distracting peppery alcohol afterburn. The aftertaste is also quite bitter. This is definitely an after dinner sipping beer. AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish.
IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 4, 2004
Beautiful dark ruby body with some cloudiness. Off-white head is gone in no time leaving behind just a few swirls of milky way. One sniff tells you everything. Powerful, sweet malt, grapes, alcohol, peach and lightly of wheat. Taste is strong and relatively thick for this style. Lots of grape, raisin flavors with intense malt matched by a very heavy roasted hop/coffee presence, alcohol, corn and a sweet finish. Its an excellent beer with a large dose of wonderful flavors but the overall palate is not as smooth/balanced as it would need to consider this a perfect beer. Also a short taste. This style usually lasts longer on the palate. HumuloneRed (765) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Bottle. 2002. Clear dark crimson with a good head that goes away quickly and some lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Very malt raisin and plum flavors with an alcohol burn. Besides the burn it is very smooth for a 11.4%abv beer. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 2003 bottle pours a clear dark mahogany with a small brownish head. Sweet aroma of fruit and alcohol. Taste continues the sweetness of sugars and cherries. The alcohol backs up the sweetness giving it a nice balance and making it easy to drink for such a high abv. The palate is syrupy and smooth.
2001 Poured a murky brown. Aroma was malty and alcoholic. Flavors of toffee, caramel and a little vinous. Long alco finish. Very warming. Smooth and complex. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2004
A simply fabulous barleywine. The aroma is almost cooked like a madeira, full of rich kirsch cherry brandy. A light pungent, yet hoppy spicy aroma eludes to a taste that first run French oak, with lots of vanilla and maple syrups. This would age extremely well. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
2K3 Release. Clear brownish bronze. Cognac and vanilla aroma, plus some alcohol. Thick palate. Liqeurish flavorsweet, like a jam or something. Some hop flavors and a bit alcohol burn. Fuity flavors mix with medicinal hints. A bit "off kilter", I think it needs a little age on it to really reach its potential.