Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2002
A very sweet barleywine when had young. Very vinuous although i could see it becoming more so with age. Overall i think this should be aged at least two years before drinking. Still pretty good young though. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
perhaps this beer needed to be aged a little more to apprecatie its beauty. Poured a nice opaque amber color with almost no head. Fruity notes in the aroma as well as alcohol, oak, and some hops. Taste was initally fruity with some candy like qualities. Alochol was present. Taste could have been mre pronounced, i found its flavor to be delicate to say the leasy. Maybe i'll age it for a year or two and re-rate it. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Pours mahogany with a weak tan head. Aroma is fruit, syrup, anise. Puts one to mind of another spirit but not sure what. Flavor is somewhat acidic and a tad metallic. Good but not great. Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
2002 vintage. Dark amber/brown coloured. Fruity and malty aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Very smooth and round mouthfeel. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2004
tan-goldenish head that went kinda quick, leaving an insane spider web pattern on top. cloudy rusty brownish color, ruby at center and more gold at edges of glass. strong vinuous, raisin notes. medium carbonation, malt flavor and strong alcohol (11.4%!) spicy aclohol burn finish. peaty flavor and whiskey/bourbon. alcohol burn aftertaste. Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Not bad. I had the 2003 vintage and found it some how slightly similar in taste to that of the doghead fish stout. Definetly a lively ale with a unique taste but I have had better. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2004
This is a big one. Nose drips with thick, pungent fruit, molasses, pine and a small hint of chocolate. Clear brown amber in the glass with about fifteen or twenty minutes worth of head--four oz or so if you’re taking your time. Hop bite comes up front and smooths to a big, syrupy mouthfull of fruit which in turn fades to unashamed alcohol and earthy hop bitterness. Definitely harsh around the edges. Some aging would hopefully tame this but as it is, it’s a slow sipper that needs some getting used to before you can explore the full range of it’s flavors. cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2004 bottle: sizeable head when poured that quickly fades to a thin bead. This beer is a deep amber/red and clear. Aromas of malt, yeast, alcohol and some restrained hops. The flavor is a little hot with alcohol and seems a bit unbalanced. Perhaps I will get a couple to cellar and see what happens. This was straight from a cold fridge so the aromas and flavors will improve as it warms, but initially it tastes a little rough: strongly malty with a sweetish, sticky mouthfeel. There is a noticable malty, alcohol, yeasty flavor in the finish which is interesting. This beer needs some time to smooth out. I think it has potential however. Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample.