mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: A very nice subtle smoke flavor. Solid malt backbone. Very subtle underlying hop flavor and bitterness. Quite light. Nice!!
badhack (358) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2011 vintage. Brown, the color of cola. Just enough fizz to remind you it’s beer. Smells of yeast, cola, dark fruit and a hint of berry. Taste is subtle, hints of malt and chocolate, alcohol. Sweet and heavy on the tongue. Caramel and hops in the finish.
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 pours ruby with aroma of sherry and library books in the Old Stacks. Wonderful malt notes with some pleasant oxidation, mellow with some warmth.
MrDick (350) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival. Aged 1.5 years in a mineshaft! Just imagine if you were trapped in that mine for a few days. Light pour hides the malt kick. A bit of hops to balance out the malty sweetness.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a dark raisin color with a cream colored head. Flavor: Sweet, with hints of dried fruit and bittersweet chocolate.
Thewade (340) - USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice barleywine. Slightly boozey, but normal for the style. I enjoyed, and would buy another.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a dark amber with red hues. small head dissipates into a ring of froth, not much lacing. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight hops, and booze. Flavors are similar, a little to sweet for my liking. There was also something rather funky in the taste that I can’t pinpoint, but it definitely was not a good funky.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Second time I have sampled this (08 bottles). First time was bought recently from a Bevmo and opened the same night, this one I bought when it first came out and has been sitting in my fridge. I must say, man are these totally different beers. Pours a very dark/murky brown with very little carbonation or head. Aroma is candy sugar sweetness, malt, and on the refrigerated one massive northwestern hops. Taste is very sweet and malty, and extroardinarily bitter/hoppy on the refrigerated one. I liked this much better "shelf aged" actually. It was a more complex beer. Even so, this beer is fairly well balanced and the malt still comes through. Definitely a beautiful beer with age on it (rating based upon better impression).
improvjock (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark maroon red with small tan head. Very rich and smooth, but not too much, just right. Dark fruits on the nose. A very tasty Barley Wine!
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’09. Pours orange amber with minimal head. Fruity hop and caramel nose and taste. Smooth, well-balanced, full mouthfeel. Hoppy finish. Good, but I was surprised this was voted #1 at the fest.