grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Ruddy, muddy color with effusive yeast bloom, enshrouded by spare heterogeneous head. Aroma is maple syrup, vanilla, and roasted espresso beans. Flavor hits with a blunt sweet edge serrated with a slight acidity. Very malty body shot through with whisps of raisins and bitters. Creamy, slightly alcoholic finish. Thank you, Indra. davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Musty aroma of wood, leather and spice. Very intriguing nose. Color is a nice deep amber. Slightly cloudy, as one might expect with a bottle conditioned beer. Light carbonation. A nice off white head forms, but fades fast, most likely because of the 9% abv. Big, chewy malt makes itself known first, then a myriad of complexities start to intertwine. Some hops, but also figs, raisins, licorice and of course, alcohol. Vinous notes as well. The finish is long and warming, but not overpowering. Body is very full. This is a world class barleywine that becomes much more complex with age. This particular bottle is from 2003. I've had several cellared vintages and they get better with age. Well done! Excellent way to start the new year! jgb9348 (6588) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 2005 Bottle (Sampled on 24 Jan 2010) Additions:
Crisp aroma of honey, oak and pitted fruits, nice. Medium to partially Full-bodied; Very mellow fruit, oak, vanilla and alcohol in this one - a very mild beer that definitely lost a lot with the age. Good, but I definitely prefer this after a year or so aged - this is a bit too muted for my tastes!
Very nice hazy copper colour with a very thin tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, pineapple, peaches, caster sugar and a fruity sweetness. Full-bodied; Very sweet initial taste with fruit and sugar flavours as well as a spicey finish. Aftertaste has some malt bitterness, but is left sweet. Overall, a very nice barleywine- 1+ year on this bottle and the complexity and flavours are brilliant. Alcohol is hardly noticeable to boot! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 24-December-2003. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2003
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brwon color with a thin head. Hoppy, floral, sweet flavor with a warm alcohol finish. Gunny (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Vintage 2002. Fiery sunset red in appearance. Hops, nuts and caramel with a whiff of alcohol on the nose. Initial bitterness slowly fades into sweet malt, shortbread and candy sugar. Subtle lingering bitterness and warming alcohol in the finish.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Yeasty fruity apricot aroma.Dark orange chestnut appearance with full rocky head.Bubbles shoot up the sides of the glass in slow motion.bitter hoppy fruity flavors of peach apricot and strawberries.Thick mouthfeel.Balancing hops and pepper at the finish. frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Copperish brown body, nice tight light brown head. Nice lacing. Rich malty, earthy aroma. Flavor of malts and toffee, lots of hops in the finish. Well rounded and very drinkable. motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 10, 2003
unsurprising mix of sweet, fat malt and lots of american hops. warming and quite smooth but i still think it's pretty overrated temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2010 Bottle. Pours quite dark but certainly not opaque. Sweet caramel aroma, maybe raisins. Somewhat vinous. Flavor is deep and complex, it just hints at a roasted finish, but it fades so quickly that I’m not sure I tasted it. As rich as it is, it’s not cloying at all. A very complex, sweeter barley wine. Tap. Caramel malts with a light hop presence, very easy to drink.... Delicious. Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2003
A very cloudy brown/deep amber with a small off white head that quickly diminishes into a ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma of caramel, plum, apricot, vanilla, grapefruit and a hint of clove. Medium thick syrupy creamy palate that briefly coats the mouth and has a nice alcohol warmth. Huge flavor of caramel, plum, some citrus, pine, raisin and spice. An excellent beer.