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.
944play (371) - 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.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big nugget 200: fig flavors, smokey, oaky, and sweet. <--all i wrote down. i need to get a little more full in my descriptions
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!!
mpersinger (360) - , 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 (351) - 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.
jehoesefat (332) - 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.
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.