badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber red color with a beige head. The head receded to a ring leaving a little bit of lacing. Very malty and sweet aromas, not a typical American hopped up version. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops. Sweet caramel flavors, with some citrus hops, brown sugar, figs, and biscuit. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.
badhack (434) - 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.
natejgood (433) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear medium brown/amber with an light tan head. The head does not go down quickly. Smells hoppy and sweet with hints of citrus. Lots of malts and molasses. Quite a strong aroma. Sweet and malty with less hop than I would have thought. Can taste a bit of alcohol in this beer. Very smooth with tiny bubbles, but a bit syrupy in the mouth. This beer has a lot of flavor but may be a bit too sweet for my liking without enough bitterness to cut the sweetness.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottling. I get hints and wafts of rubber but it comes and goes so I can’t say that it is autolysis necessarily. Overall a solid beer, alcohol is well-hidden. Very malty barleywine. Drinking this in the balls-hot heat of Florida summer and it is still nice and smooth. little hot alcohol on the backend.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours a dark amber color. Small off white head.
Smell: smells dark sweet fruits
Taste: dark cherries. Malty notes
Feel: heavy beer highly carbonated.
Overall: good flavor. Heavy malt notes
First drank: April 20, 2014
redpooba (402) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A complex crimson-red-brown with a light brown head. Had this at a Barley wine tasting and this one actually won that night. Has great floral notes and a silky smooth finish.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been holding on to this for a while, Vintage 2009. Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. a touch of Alcohol on the nose... along with a strong malt presence. Mild sweetness with dark fruit. Mild Brown sugar notes. The flavor was malty, Doughy and sweet. Piny hop middle to the finish. Moderate bitterness with some warmth in the throat.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red with a small head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and hops. Flavor is again of caramel with hops - sweet beer, but well balanced.
944play (378) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz in Bordeaux glass. Clearish deep red with low yellow head. Scads of caramel, vinous, and dusty tart cherry aromas. Flavor is totally reflective; it starts quite sweet like a cherry cola, but bitter and drying components take hold. Carbonation is low, body medium. A little weird but overall pleasant.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. 2003 Vintage. Very hazy caramel brown. Muddy and totally opaque. Slight head without much lacing but good color. Very drinkable with nicely balanced flavor-- bitter golden glow, very elegant and easy. Aroma fits and sets up the beer adequately-- mouth-wateringly yummy with light caramel and a hoppy green pine tease. Succulent medium body with nice carbonation on the mouthfeel-- soft and holding up perfectly to the rest of it. A very lovely, almost light barleywine. Easy on the palate without sacrificing much complexity.