ebone1988 (153) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Smells fruity, like cherries, but definitely bready as well. A little alcohol. Looks dark red, maybe closer to an red/brown, as well as hazy. Starts off with some fruitiness, like cherries, moves toward the malts and raisin flavors, and finishes VERY strong with alcohol. At 10% I was expecting big, but this could be overwhelming. The palate is great, silky and heavy. Overall, I have 3 left to drink, I will be aging one for a few years but the rest will be enjoyed.
treadyroc (148) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one surprised me. At first scent (vanilla, oaky), I thought it was going to be yet another barelywine thatís too sweet for my taste. However the middle and end introduce a bit of dry, & enough bitter to even it out. Very (surprisingly?) drinkable, but not up there with my tried, dried favs, imo.
mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very smooth, malty, deceivingly high in alcohol content, this beer sneaks up you very pleasantly, lulling you to sleep with its caramel and malt, yet not overpowering you with its hops and alcohol level. A very drinkable, very nice malty not over the top barleywine that is ready to drink now. Cant see how this one could get better with aging as it is very pleasant now.
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy with brilliant red and orange highlights. Creamy tan head with excellent lace. Pine and raisins and alcohol aromas. Sweet flavor, some chocolate and dark cherries, more focused on fruit and malt than hops while still having a nicely balanced bitterness.
southamptonsam (112) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant sweet nose. Classic barleywine appearance, reddish brown with slight head. Nice level of sweetness. There are many better barleywines but this one is quite drinkable.
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity and strong. Not as rich as some of my favorite barleywines, but not bad.
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found at local liqour store $6.99 for a 22oz. It pours a rich reddish brown and has a nice fruity aroma. The smell is REALLY nice for a beer. It didnít taste like a normal barley wine, but more like a cross between an IPA and a dark malty ale...The alcohol is well masked until the aftertaste which makes it easy to down this brew quickly! Not the best, but definately worth a try!
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Clear deep red, large beige head. Aroma: fruity hops and earthy yeast. Taste: Molasses, raisins, wine, chocolate. Alcoholic finish.
Brentv (100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle a murky brown with slight golden head. Strong malty barley aroma with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet with only a slight hoppiness. Medium carbonation. Smooth and wonderful.
Holtguy (90) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, bought at the supermarket of all places. Poured a ruddy, hazy brown with little to no head. Aroma was sweet and fruity. Taste up front was the same - sweet. I liked that initial fruity flavor. On the back end it was malty with some bitterness, but not hoppy. Perhaps it was alcohol burn or something. Definitely English style, had a hint of Samuel Smiths aftertaste...kinda sorta...if anybody knows what Iím talking about. Good beer. I would buy again if the price is right.