chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy, dark ruby, rich brown. Heavy lacing, good head. Strong, sweet, malty smell. Flavor is overly sweet with prune flavors. Heavy malt and sweet characters are too much. During a beer tasting we actually poured this one out and moved on to more appealing offerings.
natejgood (473) - 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.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2009 pours a darker brown small head. Tastes sweet caramel dark fruit bit flat not bad not great.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared with kleyland. Pours a dark leather color. Thin, off-white head. Aroma of piney hops and dark fruit. Toffee notes in the flavor, along with plums warming alcohol, and caramel malt. Bitter finish.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. I’ve had this one fresh and aged and can say it has great aging potential beyond the year I gave it. Pours out a beautiful darker copper hue with great lacing. Big malty and hoppy aromas that I like in fresher BW’s, caramel and boozy. The palate is great and balanced, the malts are big in the finish with a ripping bitter hoppiness on the outer edge. One of the more likeable fresh BW’s on the market, but will be spectacular 5 years up the road.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep,reddish-copper colored body is clear with an yellow-tan head of small stature that does not lace. Mouth is full with weak-but-soft, creamy carbonation in a sticky liquid. Syrupy sweet aroma of cotton candy, and a sickening amount of roasted caramel malts with a nice complement of floral and pine hops with a touch of citrus and esters. Very sweet in the direction of clover honey, roasted caramel, followed by roast, ester-based borderline overripe fruity goodness, a citrus-pine-floral hop profile, warming, with rather invisible alcohol if taken in small sips. A larger sip or "gulp" will reveal a pine-infused alcohol harshness. Cloying in nose and mouth, sticky on the lips, rich, sweet.
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.
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 (404) - 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.