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 isn’t over-the-top bitter.
StefanSD (2192) - 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.
AdiBeer (1558) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: heavy, overripe fruit, alcohol. Appearance: hazy brown, small head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: massive sweets carry on, fruit liquor, port wine. Overall: very nice Barley Wine, very nice sweets in both aroma and palate. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine.
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 Hamliton’s. 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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at O’Brien’s: Deep amber color with a fine, creamy off-white head. Aroma is rich, sweet and fruity. Flavor starts over-ripe tropical fruit and caramel followed by orangy/citrus flavors and a lingering, dry orange rind bitter finish. Full body is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, but gives a quick buzz.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PP SD Strong Ale Fest: tastes like carmel apples. this was like the best beer at the fest next to the kona BA. lots of carmel, lots of melted chocolate/carmel bar.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2004 ***I have been informed that this brew hasn’t been aged in the casks.... this is just a preview....so hopefully the beer to follow will be mind blowing.***** will probably bring this beer a little down rating-wise, but this was a little bit of a dissapointment. Sure it was 17% and you can’t really tell, but as far as flavor goes, this seemed to be a little too young. LIke a fine wine, this brew, which was aged in Jack Daniels casks, needs at least another year to be as complex as is should be. Flavor was mild with a slight bitterness, but as with the olde school barleywine, will blossom.
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at O’Briens. Drank this while watching the Chargers choke it big time (again) in the AFC divisional playoff game 2010. I heard about this beer a long time ago, and I never had the chanced to try it at the brewery. Opaque bronze color, some light creamy head. Some chunks of yeast floating around from cask conditioning. Mellow aroma, with lots of grass and hops. Nice smooth tones of caramel malt show through. Nice balanced flavor, nothing to spectacular though. Medium bitterness, full coating body. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the high ABV!