Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looked nice and smelled pretty good. Kind of dark amber/orange in color. Tasted sweet with a bit too much carbonation for a barleywine. The was a flavor there that I couldn’t put my finger on also. Overall, not bad.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours chestnut mahogany with crimson tinging, murky and opaque.
A thick, sticky head of beige froth worked up to a half-finger, and floated happily for several minutes.
After retention subsided the glass had some streaks of lace, and the brew was left with a ring of foam on the edge and a few whisps on the surface.
Aromatics are decidely english, with plenty of toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, and gypsum.
Rich caramel and ripe figs with traces of wet leather and nougat.
Mouthfeel is chewy and dextrinous. Extremely creamy and soft, with a sticky cling.
The pallet is laden with rich malt, dark caramel, cookie dough, and brown sugar.
Ripe fruit adds a nice complexity and the alcohol is warming, but very well hidden.
Bitterness is minimal, and balancing at best.
Finishes with lingering caramelized sugars and sweet malt.
Pretty tasty, but too sweet.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. pours dark amber with a lot of sediment and no head. I smell caramel, molasses and dark fruit with a hint of alcohol. Very nice thick mouthfeel, very malty, raisins, dates with a subtle hop note at the finish. Alcohol is hidden quite well good barley wine!
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Very nice. Red brown body with a good whitish head. Aroma is very sweet, highlighted by bready malts. Flavor is quite sweet, malty, bready, but not cloying at all. A bit syrupy, but very drinkable.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a cloudy purplish-brown color with a medium almond head. Strong lacing. Aroma is really sweet with a caramel and fruit scent to it, with a bit of hops. Nice mouthfeel. Flavor is disappointing. Too sweet for my liking. Very fruity and not hoppy enough for my liking. Very sugary. Probably my least favorite of the Arcadia "big beers."
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from bottle purchased at the brewery - early 2007. Warm, heavy, alchohol flavored and wonderful by the fireplace.
pistolpete (203) - USA - MAY 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle.... pours an orange hazey color... very little carbonation... this beer seemed a little off to me, and didn’t enjoy this one much... seemed overdosed with sugar and sweetness... not enough balance
ebone1988 (203) - 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.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Really nice garnet-amber color, with a nice but small white head. Head fades fast. Aroma is sweet malt and hot alcohol. No apparent hops. Flavor is very sweet upfront, followed by more fusel alcohols, coming across as very solvent like. Finish is bitter alcohol and some sweet malt. Body is full and smooth.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby pour with off white head. Sweet malt, hops, and alcohol on the nose. The beer tastes of dark fruit, sweet caramel, followed up with some hop bitterness. Medium-full mouth-feel. Nice balance. Smooth finish.