BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2003
This brew poured a hazy reddish amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is a fruity blend of sweet malt and hops. Smells similar to an Imperial IPA with its fragrant hop character but malt is also big. Has a fantastic fruity flavor with notes of caramel and bittering hops. Ultra smooth full body palate and alcohol escapes aroma and flavor. A nice warming sensation follows. Excellent winter brew. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
1997 version - AKHBP, one of 3 different "vintages" available along with the 1998 and 2003: Cloudy and dirty brown hue with small off-white head and good lacing. Big vanilla, bourbon, toasted malt, light pine, and dry fruit aroma. This beer is very vinous and sticky smelling, if you what I mean. The initial taste was corn syrup sweet with a big alcohol kick upon the finish. It borders on being coy but the undertone of hops balance towards the finish saves the palate. Good fruity and smoky undertone. The mouthfeel is sticky, oily, and heavy. This is a very full-bodied beer. Very nice but almost too much for a tasting event, a sipping beer for sure. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Rich red-amber coloring with short-lived offwhite head. Strong hoppy aroma, complemented by a sweet fruitiness. Tastes of sweet malt(accented by fruit and honey and alcohol) with an alcoholic hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy(slick but sticky). Excellent - one of the best barley wines available. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Pour a beautiful translusent reddish- amber. Aroma of hops, raisins, and very sweet dough. Flavor is quite hoppy with a strong but smooth honey-raisin malt profile. The hops and the sweetness combined to add a slight cinnamon flavor. The palate is somewhat lighter then what I usually think of in a barely wine but is very smooth. The smoothness of the flavor and palate contrasted by the ample dose of hops makes this a very nice beer. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2003
1998-AKHBP. Malty aroma with a small head. Flavor is excellent. Malty with a lot of caramel. Alcohol burn in aftertaste. Overall very good.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2003
A really amazing barley wine that I have been waiting many years to try. It really surprised me at the balance of malt and hops in this ale. The alcohol is apparent, but not at all obtrusive. Sweet at first, but the hops pull through like a champ. Caramel notes that give way to raisins and plums. Really nice mouthfeel, which is important to me when it comes to barleywine. A must try.. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
bottled 11/18/03.The sweet smell of Victory.A perfect melding of sweet heady malt and hops.Tones of chocolate.Nice numbing dry finish.Nice off tone head that leaves a nice lasting ring/lace is so-so.The palate is smooth&luxurious.My favorite barleywine(nice price too 9$ six-pack) Cobra (1100) - - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 12 oz. brown bottle. 2003 batch. 11-18-03 bottling date. Bought a case of this on 11-29-03 from Norm’s in Vienna, Va. Poured out a brilliant amber-copper color, with tons of lacy head. It slid back to a thick mat of lace that covered the beer to the bottom of the glass. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Aromas of caramel malts, bready also. Slight biscuit taste to it, along with tons of malty goodness. Hops balance perfectly with the malts. Thick & chewy mouthfeel makes for a wonderful barleywine experience. Next year, I’ll try to lay my hands on 2 cases. This is one kick ass beer gang, seek it out at all costs.
The taste I had was from a bottle aged for two years. Very malty. Lop in hop flavor, its more malt. Enjoyable. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2003
This bottle was aged at least 2 years, if not many more. Big malt nose with the undertones of aging. Orange chunky in appearance with a tan head. Rich sticky malt with apparent low hops. Very enjoyable.