5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Bottle pours a burnt caramel color with a nice thin off-white head. Aroma is of sweet toffee and malts. Flavor of fruits ripened in alcohol. Some caramel, fig, and dough traits. Mouthfeel is velvety, finish is well rounded, grapefruity with some fig/plum notes. Quite the enjoyable barleywine. Thanks goes out to raindog for the trade! FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2004
First thing to notice is the alcohol content-11%, fantastic. Pouring it in a glass the color is a reddish-brown almost copper color. Great aroma of figs, buttery rum, and something fuity. Upon drinking, the first sip is sweet and sticking in the mouth. The second sip and you can notice the alcohol, but its not overwhelming. Finishing it becomes slightly bitter, perhaps due to warming up a bit. This is another great finishing beer. ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 4 year old bottle, this one did not age well at all. Think soy sause. It would make an excellent marinade.
Re-rate, 5/2004, fresh bottle. I can see how the first bottle I had got that way. The hops and malt are delicately balanced. Hops hold up right next to the malt and tame it, neither would be declared a winner in a tug-of-war. Finishes on the sweet/malt side. This beer has finesse, as opposed to raw hop power. mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2004
Ruby coloured with a beige head which is small but persistent. Huge malty and fruity aroma. Heavily malt accented flavour also possesses notes of dark fruit. It is also slightly salty. The small amount of alcohol in the taste and in the finish has to be expected at this gravity. Courtesy of Ciderguy. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Bottle: Ok nose vanilla extract, maple, cherry, ABV. brownish orange. Medium head, tappered down to nothing. ABV is out front with dates, molasses, carmel in the mix. Oily coating, belly warming. Lite burnt malts. Not bad, lost a couple points on the nose.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
'One of the best barley wines I've ever had...definentely one of the higher alcohol contents...I like this beer for it's taste and overall pleasure. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark copper with lots of carbonation and a thick dirty-white head. Nice earthy aroma with hints of malt and sweetness. Strong malt taste with a perfect balance of hops and sweet. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and warm finish. rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2004
i bought the weyerbacher big beer variety pack and wow, they are all good. this barleywine is a great big beer. poured thick slightly cloudy copper brown with a tan head. lots of lacing present. tasted malty, strong but not to strong with about the right amount of sweetness vs hoppiness. a good dry bite but not overwhelming. this is a good barleywine! MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Pours perfectly into my snifter, with a rich tan head and a beautiful clear brick red color. Aroma is a musty mix of wood, hops, fruit, and alcohol, blended rather nicely. Flavor is well rounded, with all flavors accentuated by the alcohol. The hop bitterness is there and lingering. The malty sweetness lingers on the lips, and compliments the hop aftertaste. There is a lot to describe there. Seems to be not too dry, yet not too sweet. Hops compliment the malt perfectly. The alcohol seems only to accentuate the flavors, and nicely I might add. I guess the best way to describe it is as being well balanced. Not sure if this will age very well, but I like it as is, so who really cares? mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Nice coppper color. Malty but not overly sweet which I like. Its a great winter beer, really warms you up. Really nice barleywine. Fruity in flavors. I got figs, or prunes. Pretty good. Decent.