CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2004
(Bottle) I should have done my research - I thought this was going to be an ALE - now I must begin drinking this barleywine at 11:15pm on a weeknight. Bad on me! Pours a huge, creamy, beige head and a cloudy, sediment-filled, reddish body. Nose of sweet, caramel malt and strong hops. Pleasant oily lacing on the snifter. Very hoppy flavour (Young brew of November 2003) with a sharp tartness through the mid-palate. Mellowing sour hoppiness through the finish. Very good but would have liked to have cellared this longer. Thanks to Raindog for the trade! austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2004 A whopping strong barleywine that snuck up on me cuz I thought I was opening an altbier. But one sip and you know you’ve got a barleywine (not my favorite style, so I’ll try to be objective. Mega-hoppy and heavily carbonated for a barleywine. Some toffee, and caramel malt flavors. Acidic hops in the aftertaste. Touch of alcohol in the aftertaste as well. Perhaps this could be improved by more sweetness. Thanks to a generous fellow RateBeerian for the brew. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Dark brownish-orange color with a very thin head. Malty aroma with raisins and caramel mixed in. Heavy body (as it should be), malt, brown sugar, slight alcohol kick. Still needs a good 6 months to age, but very nice start! pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
Hoppy, toffee and cookie dough nose. Hazy brown color and a tall spongy tan head. Looks like a homebrew to me for some reason. The taste immediately recalls some of the Fuller Vintage Ales: aged, acidic qualities with some raisins and figs. Tight quick hop punch. Alcohol kick intensifies the experience. Barleywine like? Impressive. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Yummmie-I love pivo for bringing this! Huge frothy head. Brown amber color - hazy and trub. Head leaves nice laces on the glass. Great cookie dough nose, malty too. Wonderful taste - Malt, coffeebeans/moccha, raisons, figs and dates - long lasting with a hoppy kick at the end. Thick and oily texture.
madsberg (11762) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2004
Bottled: Ruby red coloured. Beige dense head. Strong vineous aroma. Fruit, cocoa and some spices as well. Could easyly get addicted to this aroma. Flavour dosn't live up to the aroma. Alcahol is the dominant here. Some sweetness and fruits are detectable. Is bitter in the end, but in a very sharp way. Had expected a lot more. Thanks to Raindog. Superstarov (6) - Midland, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2004 does not count
If you like barley wines, you'll like this. Classic barley wine in flavour, complexity, and finish. Sharp initial taste can be avoided by letting it warm up a bit from your fridge temp. I like ths beer a lot, although barley wine selections are few and far between. PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 19, 2004
Pours hazy, brown-amber, with a thin tan head. Bitter, carmel aroma. Sweet, carmel up front. Thick full palate, with a long, strong bitter hopppy finish. Its good. KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
Another deep murky brown barley wine from Bells. There isn't much in the way of head, but the aroma will knock you back. Full of flavour with some malty and smokey hints. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2004
first off, this beer gets an automatic 10 on aroma before i even smell the actual beer in the glass. when i opened it, it reeked up my apartment with a sweet caramel and almost cherry like aroma. pours out a dark red / brown color with sediment in it, little to no head. smell shows no sign of a 9% alcohol, its hidden well. slightly hoppy aroma too. taste is bitter with hops (a good thing) with a smooth aftertaste. oily mouthfeel not so much so as old stock ale. has more carbonation that im used to for a barley wine. finishes smooth and sweet, and with the alcohol not detected in the smell, its not detected in the taste either. this is a marvelous barley wine, im glad i have 5 more.