unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
1996 vintage: Zero head. Dark orange color. Aroma is slightly odd but mainly malt (it is 7 seven years old after all). Taste almost no hop, only sweet malt. Very thick. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-rate – 2002 Vintage – Hazy deep ruby body, small tan head (even after a vigorous pour). Malty caramel aroma. The flavor is massive sweet caramel flavor up front then a good bit of citrus bitter hops. Chewy full body. Given how much the hop flavors stand out it is hard to believe that this beer is over a year old! A good barley wine but there are better to be had. 10/13/03 Rating (7 3 7 3 14) Bottled in 1996 (will re-rate with a new vintage) - Murky orange brown with zero head. Pure malty aroma. Very caramel with some alcohol noticeble. Sweet caramel flavor. Toasted burnt malt also noticeable. Some citrus hop but very little left after all this time. Thick chewy body with alcohol aftertaste. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2003
fruity rich creamy cherry ice cream soda taste, malty port aftertaste strong alcohol aftertaste BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
12oz. bottle, bottled in 2002. Not much head on this dark amber brew that is hazy. Head reduces to a thin film. Aroma is hoppy for a Barley Wine but does have a sweet bready maltiness as well with a hint of caramel. Medium bodied and has a really smooth texture. I'm not a fan of the style but this is pretty decent to me, probably due to the hops. Flavor is sweet and malty with a bitterness from the hops. Has a bit of a kick at the end but alcohol is hidden well. Very bitter aftertaste and a nice warming sensation. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 2001 bottle. Sampled 9/03 Wonderful cloudy appearance with reds, browns, purples, yellows. Tons of different hues. As I roll the bottle to stir up sediment, a nice beige/tan head forms in bottle and pours. Aroma is hoppy! Lots of alcohol on the nose as well. Reminds me most of Old Horizontal, kinda that alcohol blueberry, though this is much more crisp and hoppy. Hints of pine maybe? Quite floral.
Right away it opens up with huge hops flavors and then BAM, I am smacked with bitter hops and lots of alcohol!!! wow. Medium-high acidity. Fortunately there is some chocolate malt that makes a slight presence. A dry taste follows and then there is a moderate barley-grain flavor. Finishes very hoppy again, the 2001 making use of lots of Kent Goldings and wilamette. Fruity and bitter due to this. Texture is quite pleasant, slightly chewy, great carbonation, mildly astringent on the finish. There is some raisin and lots of medium dry currant flavor. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness that was mixed with a tree-sap like acidity that was not pleasant. Hmmm, an interesting barley to say the least. It is daring to make a huge barley like this without much caramel flavor, I appreciate the great harrington barley flavor, but I am not a huge fan of the lacking caramel taste.
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2003
1994 vintage on draught @ Redbones 11/04 Seeing this 10 year old beer on draught, I proceeded to head over that very night. I wasnt going to miss this for the world. Good pour, same as the 01 I had, dark brown, cloudy, small light tan head. Aroma of raisins, plum, caramel, light yeast. Flavor is very thick, lightly syrupy with tons of caramel, alcohol and some chocolate. While the hops assault is gone, it’s just so damn thick, sweet and syrupy. Some madeirazation, creating a loose mouthfeel on the very end with some dry yeast and old musty cobweb notes.
Tasted at Eric & Wendy's "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party 2003.
Murky, rusty red ale with a well-tanned, creamy head. Spotty lacework. A swirling whisp of the head remains throughout the tasting.
The nose is of caramel, red apple and alcohol. A touch woodsy, floral and citrusy.
Well-balanced by generous amounts of alcohol and hops. There's a lot of malt in the bottle. Most, but not all of it is knocked down by the alcohol and hops. Notes of caramel in the mostly astringent, soul cleansing flavor.
Full-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Lengthy, very astringent and alcoholic finish. Drink this one carefully!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2003
A larger head than is often seen in a barleywine. Sublime aroma: probably the best I've encountered in a beer of this style. The flavor is packed with complexity: tons and tons of malt fruitiness (pineapple predominates) with smoke, wood and hop notes providing highlights. Unfortunately, these flavors are crushed under the weight of unbearable bitterness. At one year old, this is still tough to drink. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
A nice barley wine, with a lovely dark garnet color and a very nice aroma. The flavor lacks a little in balance and doesn't match the superb nose, but good overall. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Nice malty aroma. Muddy appeareance with little to no head. Unbalanced, bitter beer. Not recomended. Try bigfoot instead leaparsons (10765) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2003
Quite an unusual colour - dark brown and purple with a capucinno head. I like it. Aromas are sryupy chocolate and spices with a burst of alcohol. Flavours are as hoppy as hell, verging on the horrid. Luckily it stays on the side of "good" and I like my hops anyway. Roast malts and licourice are also present. This seems to hit even harder than the 10.5 alcohol or maybe I was just tired...