Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Cask @ Hamiltonís. Pours a deep cloudy caramel brown with a creamy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose starts with citrus and herbal hops, then gives way to vanilla, toffee, caramel, oats and candied dark fruits. Flavor is quite sweet with tons of caramel and toffee. Finishes almost cloying sweet with faint booze. Overall a pretty killer Barley Wine, very unique.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Rating #34. This smelled awesome, unfortunately the flavor wasnít up to the level of the aroma, still very good overall though. (2681)
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Dark, muddy, and flat looking. A touch funky on nose but flavor is all goodness. Pear, prune. Mega hops trying to fight big alcohol result in a decent balance. Stylish, vanilla. Apples cooked in sugar water. Numbing. Pretty cool, but way over the top.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Hazed orange color with a nice frothy but wet head...sweet candy, grapefruit, christmas cookie, and resiny aroma...Extremely smooth mouthfeel..with candy flavors of grapefruit, ribbon candy, and slight vegital notes...its slightly sticky, but its 17 FUCKINí percent...I am willing to wager that in about 1 year, this is the best beer ever made...or close.
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barleywine festival. Golden amber color with a foamy tan head. Nice oak, strong caramel, with a rich full body (but avoids syrupy).
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This huge beer pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of caramel with a nice maltiness and a touch of alcohol, as well as, some nougat notes. The flavor is very similar with a bit more bitterness and a little more alcohol showing through. What a great beer. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Alpine. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with an eggshell head. Aroma is resiny hops, caramel malts, and dark fruit. Sweet with hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and sticky. Very good American barleywine that isnít over-the-top bitter.
StefanSD (2118) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
taster at the brewery. Pours a honey gold color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet with caramel. Taste is that of a caramel malt bomb; lots of caramel, toffee, sherry and some biscuit. Palate is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering toffee. Overall: Very sweet, but there is a place in the world for sweet beers and this one should make the grade.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on cask at Hamlitonís. The appearance is a rich flat black with no carbonation action. The flavors and aromas are rich with roasted malts, oak, prune, dark dried fruits, caramel, and cereal. The mouth is smooth but flat. A nice barley wine that I would enjoy a little more without the absence of carbonation from being on cask.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on cask, fairly still pour, not a lot of visual active carbonation, thin white head, deep dark copper body.
Nose of toffee, vanilla, pear, and feint flowers.
Taste was silk in texture, small but nice alcohol heat, hints of cherries, vanilla bean, heavy bready and caramel body, flavors are all in harmony for it being such a big beer.