JorisPPattyn (10113) - BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2004
Rusty-amber beer, heavily carbonated; amber-orange head. American hops, coloured malts, old portwine and fruity esters. Taste is pure caramel and preserved fuits. Lots of alcohol, fusels included. Slick mouthfeel, oily and alcoholburn. Very good BW, just short of exciting. Impressive beer all the same. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Orandy copper color with a moderate head. Rich malty aroma with tons of fruit, orange and cherry. Flavor is malty with strong fruity tones. A noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Cherry tones with hints of orange. A very good beer. surfmurf (85) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Not a bad beer but I paid an unheard of $14.00 for a Six pak in Mt.Laurel, NJ. Now if I buy this again I'd be a Blithering Idiot! BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2004
12oz bottle no Freshness date. Clear copper colored with a thick head that reduces to a thin film. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh barley, some fruit and noticable alcohol. Nice smooth full body. Flavor is malty and sweet with lots of fruit. Unfortunately alcohol adds an unpleasant tatse. Warm finish and overall a good Barley Wine. I just wish the alcohol were masked better. This is its only fault in my opinion. 5000 (6900) - 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 (3665) - 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.