SDalkoholic (2017) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amber orange hue with a cloudy appearance of dust seen through out the glass. Small layer of sand colored head but it breaks up pretty quick leaving the beer naked. I could smell the aroma from a good distance away as soon as i opened it. It has that strong floral hop and grapefruit essence to it, which i love . Flavor is a bit enticing and carries a sweet malt tone added with the same hop profile I detected in the aroma. Iím not exactly sure what year this is from 2003 or mid 2004? though, I feel a fresh bottle of this from the current year would blow me away with flavor, and thats exactly how i prefer my barleywines. I admit age does beers like this justice but then again it alters other benefits in exchange. I didnít notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. Itís just not the same as what i could imagine it tasting new from a fresh batch. All in all, this is a damn good beer and must be experienced by anyone who loves good beer.
ClassyBeagle (305) - USA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FROM NOTES: October 31, í13. From a From a750 ml. bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
A: WOW! Bready, spicy, and bold with the alcohol. Subdued anise-type spices, strong pine notes and some citrus hop notes.
A: Maple brown body with a nice yellowed paper head. Nice retention and great lace.
T: I would call the taste "strong" as it carries big hops and big malts that balance out in this very rich caramel and toffee sweetness with a substantial alcohol burn.
P: Full body and medium carbonation.
O: Overall a good representation of the style, though the hops are a bit strong for my tastes.
yiannnos (615) - , CYPRUS - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber colour. Hoppy caramel aroma. Taste is sweet, caramel, figs, finishes with a nice bitterness.
wildbeercat (275) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a tulip glass; served cold.
Aroma: Bitter hops with citrus notes. Some vanilla too.
Appearance: Translucent blood red body with massive french vanilla ice cream colored-head. Very nice lacing.
Taste: Kind of a warm malt base with a bitter hop finish. A little bit of vanilla for sure. Complicated but nicely balanced.
Palate: Medium-full body, very low carbonation. Long malty finish.
Overall: Interesting! A nice barleywine, nice bitter hop twist. Really good!
greenclansman (635) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - DEC 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very interesting beer. Lots of strong aromas and flavors, on the bitter side...seems like an IPA with a huge malt presence. Very nice barley wine beer.
Vells (441) - LATVIA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dominating malts with intense citrus hop character. Vinous. Caramel, surprisingly fruity, licorice, oak, raisins, bit warming finish. Aroma/flavour bomb. Sweet with quite intense bitterness. Again. .awesome brew from alesmith. Its like perfect balance MIX of IMP/Scotch ale/IIPA. Fancy, highly enjoyable
Melnis (49) - LATVIA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour cherry, sweet and complex. Aroma is hoppy, sweat and salty, thou taste is so rich and stunning. Should be served chilled. Impressive and must have
glennmastrange (2045) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of cookie and caramel, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with background notes of date, brown sugar, nutmeg and alcohol. Head is small, wispy, light beige with no lacing but good legs and is almost fully diminishing. Color is muddy medium brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, close to syrupy with a carbonation between soft and lively and finishes lightly astringent. All the well rounded aromas and flavors of a high quality American Barley Wine.
Jimmythespoon (408) - CYPRUS - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow as soon as I popped this I could smell the caramel. Pours a dark amber with a nice retained head. Full of sweetness on the nose but the you get the hoppy finish which gives you the impression of a double ipa. Very nice beer.
Jimsal27 (116) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark golden brown with aroma of honey fruit and malt. Sweet malt followed by a citric bitterness. Full body with medium carbonation. Solid barley wine. Old foghorn is still my favorite.
DuffMan (5816) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with my in laws. I canít believe I havenít tried this epic beast yet! Beautiful golden amber with a golden crown. Sponge toffee, bread crusts, chewy malts, citrus hops, gloriously dense and rich and warming-- everything I love in a BW!