Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Bitter from the start, but I did not detect any pine at all. Nice lacing on the glass and decent semi-brown head, that lasts for a while. Finishes off semi-sweet, and has a great flavor with a wonderful warming effect on the way down. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Rerate five months later. This has mellowed out a lot. At Flipbrewer’s suggestion, I drank this one a little warmer. I detected notes of caramel, butterscotch and a little bit of oak in the aroma. The taste is nice and mellow. A little bit of coffee, a little pine and some sweet malts that I find hard to place. There is also a finish of orange peel. Almost like an APA. A very solid and very hoppy barley wine. Original rating follows. Pine, pine pine. This was a 2004 expedition bottle. Had a small tan head and little lacing. Orange peel and pine in the aroma and flavor. Taste also has some malt and a little honey sweetness. The aroma also has some floral qualities. I cannot get past the pine, though. Will save my other bottles for later. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle - 2003 vintage] Pours a deep, hazy ruby color with a very thin head. Thick malty aroma mixed with some roasted wood flavors. Initial spicy and peppery taste that gives way to a sweet malty flavor followed by a hoppy bite and a slight peppery/bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 2004 bottle. Pours with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown coloring. Aroma is not really happening for me, very slightly malty I suppose. Moderate lacing. Moderate to full mouthfeel, malty and then a big hop finish. As stated before, I think that I will leave the others for a few months. A nice beer.
1988 bottle: 8/3/6/3/14. Chestnut colored with a faster fading white head. Tobacco, chocolate and whiskey aromas. Oxidation is showing in flavor with a bit of tobacco, leather and slight cardboard. Alcohol still readily apparent. Nice for a 17 year old beer! tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
2004 cap: Malty, oak, hop aroma; red-amber body with small off-white head. Big, sweet taste quickly followed by bitter hops & alcohol. Aftertaste of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Good, but needs to age -- alcoholic taste is too present -- needs to mellow out.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Pleasant floral hoppy aroma with hints of fruit. Reddish hue with a light brown head. Strong bock like taste with fruity tones and a medium dry finish. A good barley wine. Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2004
Bottled. Murky amber colour. Strong hoppy aroma. Smells and tastes more like a double IPA then a barley wine. Strong bitterness that dominates your palate for an age. Strong, strong bitter finish. From the Happy Deli, drunk watching ‘8 Miles’, in New York, somewhat different experience to the Wenlock. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2004 - Dark reddish brown body with a little tan head. Strong hoppy aroma over top of a sweet fruity maltiness. Flavor of citrus hops, alcohol, faint fruitiness. Overly dry, and bitter aftertaste. I'm hoping that this may improve with age. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Bottle, 2004. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. big hop aroma, american no doubt. Malty alcohol notes as well. Flavor is smooth on the palate, with the hops and malt blending well, yet the hops being the American C's of bigness to not disappoint the fans. Malt is sticky, yet balanced out. No aging is necessary on this vintage. Good effort. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 This is a really really good barleywine and cheap too at 1 buck per bottle. Lots of good flavor and fullness to this beer. A must try!!!