egajdzis (6580) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Poured a reddish copper color with no head. Aroma was malty, fruity, some caramel as well. Taste was sweet malt, dark fruits were also noticed. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel, with a warming alcohol taste as I finished. I want to say this was a 2002 bottle, it certainly tasted as though it had mellowed alittle, althought I don't remember what a fresh batch tastes like. Thanks for sharing BrianO! joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
Hazy dark red-amber. Tan head. Very sweet, candy-ish christmas cake aroma of raisins, dates, butterscotch & caramel. Full-bodied. Fruity, christmas cake flavour w/ caramel & dark chocolate. Alcohol nicely hidden but still evident. Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Thin dense head with ok carbonation. Thick, syrupy pour. Sweet candy aroma with loads of malts. Color is a thick, cloudy dark reddish brown. Flavor is thick and sweet with tons of malts again. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Sweet finish without much pizzaz. Nice alcohol warm on the way down. A decent barley wine but has little depth and character. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
Huge sweet malty aroma, with tones of butterscotch. Ruby, tiny toffee head. Fine butterscotch, caramel flavour with some hints of fruit and nuts. Bitter dry finish. Nice. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Not one of the greatest barely wines ive ever tried. Uniobroue is quite possibly my favorite barley wine brewer but this beer was smoth and the name said it all because we were idiots after my friend and i split a case.
jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Re-Rate Bottle, thanks Tupalev. July 2005. Dark amber body, moderate beige head. Fairly alcoholic aroma is both pleasant and quite distracting at divergent moments. Sweet candy or brown sugar with inital muted glimpse of licorice that doesn’t return. Similarly incongruous wisps of cherries hiding deep down below. Sweet flavour, burnt sugar, muted caramel and dry alcohol in the finish. Lack of disctinctive flavours makes it difficult to pull apart. A pleasant sipper that is fairly drinkable. Medium palate. 8/3/7-8/4/16
<P>Original Rating Christmas Party, December 2003. Bottle. Dark amber brown colour. Very sweet and flavour is fairly malty. Alcohol is there but does not stick out like a sore thumb as in some other barley wines. Notes on this one are lacking a bit because I was too busy enjoying it. Quite pleased -thanks to whomever brought this to the Christmas party in Toronto! 8/3/8/4/17 dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Had this draft at the Weyerbacher open house. Now this is a barleywine. Nice caramel maly flavor, which almost hides the alcohol. You can still smell and taste however and that's a good thing. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 Medium red/brown color clear, no bubbles small lacing and a small off white head. Smells of rich brown bread, dry caramel malt, and lots of alcohol. Begins with lots of even caramel malt which turns into a nice raisin/hops flavor. Very dark fruit undertones. I am very impressed with the depth of flavor without any bottle conditioning. Good raisin, slight plum sweetness. Dry finish, a bit of roasted barley. Nice grainy aftertaste. Frank (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Quite an attractive reddish brown with just the slightest bit of head and thin sheets of lace. Strongly malty aroma with a big whiff of banana and alcohol--much different that the hop-monster I would normally expect from an American Brewer. Alcohol plays a large role as a flavor component by helping to balance the sweetness. It warms the belly a bit too. Thick, rich palate compliments the banana flavors here very nicely. Molasses, dried cherry, raisin, chocolate, and toffee round things out. Very tasty with only a touch of earthy bitterness in the finish. tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2003
This was my first Barley Wine. I truley enjoyed this one. Murky red brown with little to no head. Malt appricot smell with alcohol notes. Taste was fruity and rich with a mild bitterness at the end. Slightly oilly mouth feel with a warmth of alcohol going down.