MrDick (347) - 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.
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).
Thewade (328) - 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.
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.
jehoesefat (299) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice toasty malt aromas. Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy head. Very sweet for a barleywine, masks the alcohol content and doesn’t assault you with hops.
ajtrupp (288) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet and boozy. What you'd want from a barley wine. I'm wondering why Lucky Pie is selling it for $5. My gain.
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waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a deep brown/red with a small off white head lingering. Nose is caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plum, dates, raisin), alcohol, and sweet malted barley. This is a delicious treat of a BW. The taste was malt forward; caramel, vanilla, dark fruits (same as nose), and some alcohol. A truly good BW. Palate is moderately thick, and chewy.