jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 2011-10-23. Dark amber body with a modest beige head. Pleasant aroma, modest green hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavour is similar, pleasant hops throughout, green leafy notes, modest resin character. Sweet caramel malt core. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Enjoyable. 7/3/7/3/16+ 2010 Vintage Bottle from Premier Gourmet, BuffaloGorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
2003 Vintage Bottle bought at Premier Gourmet Jan-04 and cellared 9 months. Hazy orange amber body, small off white head. Aroma is mildly alcoholic with a touch of sweet caramel and toffee. Very drinkable flavour profile, but I found it a touch simplistic. Pleasant bitterness lingers for a while. Well balanced, not overpoweringly malty or hoppy. Decent, fairly thick palate. Nice beer but frankly a bit underwhelming. Maybe I was more concerned about the barleywine we were trying to brew while sampling this! 6/3/7/3/4/16
2003 Bottle. Hazy orange/brown pour. Frothy head. Strong sweet alcohol aroma, with citrus as well. Taste is not as overpowering as the alcohol and style would suggest - I would even go so far as to say it is a drinkable barley wine, while taking nothing away from the beer or the style; most barley wines I have had tend to be nice novel experiences, but not something I ever plan on repeating - this beer I could drink again, and look forward to doing so. It is quite bitter, but balanced with warming alcohol and bottom line, a great drinking experience. Thanks to jercraigs for the sample. burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Big malt with soft piney hop aroma. Deep amber brown with creamy beige head. Lovely tootie rool with bitter finish. Very full mouthfeel. Great beer to sit back for an hour and carefully sip. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Great barley wine! Lived up to everything I had heard about it. Smelled great, tasted better! Light lacing and wonderful color. geekin (9) - North Dakota, USA - SEP 25, 2004 does not count
2004 bottling. Wonderful aroma dominated by the hops. Nice dark copper red/brown color. Strong malt flavor, with a chocolate hint. Excellent hops flavor and aftertaste. Alcohol has a noticably warm feel. An annual favorite in my house.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2004
2004 Version. Red/ copper color with a fat-bubbled head. Intense, caramel malt aroma (with an underpinning of chocolate) with grapefruit hops and intense fruitiness. Deep malt flavor with caramel, strong fruit, alcohol, and once again, a chocolate-like underpinning. Alcohol is prevalent with its warmth and balances the residual malt sweetness. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2004
smells a lot like Stone’s Old Guardian, more dark. With decent white head, little to no lacing, very cloudy. Real freken hoppy, wow. Most hops I’ve seen in a Barley Wine. Good Balance with bitter wheaty finish. BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Gorgeous ruby-red color and an intoxicatingly rich and fruity aroma. Malts are powerfull and fruity with a nutty follow. Hops kick in strongly at the finish to give this one a crisp finish. Excelleny offering - I wish I could get this locally. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2003 bottle poured a deep Mahogany red with a small head and a strong hoppy fruity roasty aroma.
awsome hoppy taste with a bittery finish.
This is a strong rich tasting beer nice and strong, great!! DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
2004 version. Pours clear coppery/slight ruby with medium, white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, hops, citrus, cognac. Tastes malty, with dark fruit, hops, and cognac. Medium, firm palate. Finishes fruity, malty, with even some chocolate and nutty elements. Nice complexity. Crisper and more polished than Flying Dog horndog.