JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle. Wonderfully strong alcoholic and sweet sugary aroma. Nutty, raisony first sip that is full of strong alcohol and drys to a nutty, warm finish. A belly warmer for sure, it got a bit too sweet for me at the end. It fell short in ratings tonight to a Southampton but beat the barleywine from Heavyweight! vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark amber color with a small white head. Smell is of fruits/malts. Taste is of sweet malts/spice and finishes with a hops bitterness/alcohol. Overall one of the better barley wines. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Dark amber color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits molasses and brown sugar. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Hops are spicy. Sweet and spicy, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg? Big full flavor, nicely smooth. There is a big alcohol bite, but it somehow works well with this beer. Great winter warmer barley wine. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a pronounced alcohol bite. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
The color is brown with a red hue. The smell seems to be of dominant malt, but alcohol is noticeable. The taste is of sweet malt without a powerful hop finish. I would like more hops in this beer, but I like more hops in all beers. Overall good barely wine. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY. Ungstrup (37606) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2004
The aroma is sweet spicy with notes of cloves, prunes, and raisins. The color is dark amber and it has a small orange head. The flavor is very sweet and very warm with notes of malt, caramel, raisins, and plums. A wonderful beer.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
Deep amber, clear with a rather generous head, off-white and with decent lacing, but dissipating after a couple of seconds. Mostly malty sweet nose, but not as rich as most barley wines I’ve had. It consists mainly of brown sugar and vinous fruits (plums, grapes) with notes of vanilla and an obvious if not overwhelming alcohol presence. Thin-Medium bodied, quite smooth, with a tad more carbonation than usual in the style, but somehow, there are peaks where it seems a little boring, too easy going and just not particularly captivating. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
A bit disappointing. Pours with a thin head but maintained head. Aroma is of chocolate, dark fruit, and cinnamon. Flavor is of chocolate covered raisins. Its nice but has a thin palate and is a bit to subdued for my tastes. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. I just like a barleywine to be thick and super-rich and this is the polar opposite, it is pleasent though. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
This is a good Barley Wine. Dark fruit, malty, and sweet flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and clean. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2004
My highest alcohol beer yet, and my first barley wine. Pours dark ruby/amber with almost no head. Definitely some alcohol in the nose, with malts and raisin and brown sugar. Flavor definitely has an alcohol bite; fairly sweet and malty with dark fruit like in the aroma. Fairly rich. Overall, I like this stuff, but I wouldn’t mind a little more fruitiness in the aroma and flavor. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Re-rate (16-Jan-05 - 8-3-7-2-15=3.5): Candy, bubblegum, dark fruits, some cabbagey DMS in the aroma. Clear brown with light tan head that recedes to cover. Sweet malts, dark fruits, candy-like sweetness and some cabbage flavours. Light carbonation and smooth texture is perhaps a bit watery. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.
Original rating (4/27/04 - 8-4-8-4-16=4.0): Big, sweet malt in the nose - dark fruit, raisin, plum, brown sugar. Burnished copper colour with thin, white head that recedes to ring. Sweet malt and sherry flavours. Strong alcohol kick. More dark fruit. Smooth, still, creamy mouthfeel. Bottle.