Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Amber with a dark beige head. Caramel and toffee aroma. Very sweet with caramel and raison flavors. Full bodied with the alcohol well hidden. Very drinkable too. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Quickly dissapating head that smells of vinegar and sugar. Color is a good dark amber. Good mouthfeel, but the taste is a little off. Both sweet and sour notes. Quite a sting of alcohol to it. Very strange- I wonder if this bottle is bad/oxidized. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Update - 8/20/03 - my second go at this beer improved my opinion. Copper with a small tan head. Very nice lacing. Big chewy caramel, fruity aromas. Flavors are very subdued. Sweet maltiness with a bit of hop biterness on the finish. Surprisingly "small" tasting for such big aromas. The alcohol is masked very well. odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2003 does not count
This beer pours with a amber /caramel hue. The initial taste is a spicy/fruity zap with a hint of alcohol. Finishes nice and makes you want another one. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours with a brownish-red body topped by a thick off-white head with good lace left on the glass. Sweet and fruity (berries) malt aroma with hints of anise and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet malt flavor with alcohol notes and a slight fruitiness. Some spicy hop character helps in balancing the sweetness. Full bodied, slightly oily and tingly on the tongue.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 24, 2003
Had a bottle of this after work last night. This brew pours a dark ruby. The average tan frothy/creamy head diminishes quickly to a thin head that stays for the whole game. The nose initially is alcohol, cinnamon, cherries, orange, and banana. As the beer breathes and warms the nose changes to raisins, prunes, dates, nuts and maple. The brew is fruity and sharp initially, and smoky and warm with hints of spice and licorice as it approaches cellar temp. The body is full, fizzy, and dry. The finish feels heavily alcoholic. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Pours out of the bottle a clear redish amber color with a medium sized tan head, slight lacing. A full bodied aroma with lots of caramel, very malty, a hint of orange peel. Flavor is malty, sweet but not overpowering, caramel evident, with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Flavor is a bit one-dimentional, but it's a good one dimention. Palate fits well. It's not the best barleywine out there, but overall a very nice brew. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Dark amber appearance that was a little cloudy. Licorice in the aroma, along with some fruits. Roasted malts with toffee and fruit in the taste. Good job of masking the high alcohol content. Lingering sweetness in the finish. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 1, 2003
Smells of sweet pancake,caramel apple and alcohol. Gorgeous, hazy amber/brown body and toasted white head. Chewy/syrupy in the mouth. Taste is bigtime coffee flavored malt with more alcohol. The coffee taste really surprised me. Aftertaste is super-malt, coffee and more alcohol. Not as complex as I had hoped for. I'd deem this average to slightly above average for the style. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Deep brown with a maroon mix in the body. Nose is abound with fruit, light hops, and has a slight nutty quality about it. Velvety smooth and rich body and mouthfeel. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I was expecting for 11%. Finished smooth with a light malty finish. Wonderful beer!