HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Leftover from BW fest at Toronado.
Pours with a fairly dark color. Did not like this at all, very medicinal and boozy tasting seemed way off. Maybe the keg had a problem.
BelgianBeerGal (3386) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Toronado SD. Very pleasant and drinkable barley wine. Not overpowering at any point and certainly easy to drink. Seemed very mellow and I did not get some of the heat from the alcohol that others mentioned. Solid barley wine that is true to type.
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest 2009, then again in 2010. Reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, brandy, and some hops. Flavor is lots of caramel malt with toffee notes, somewhat fruity, with some port-like and vinous flavors and noticeable alcohol. Full mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation, and just mild booziness. A very good barleywine overall.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toronado Barleywine Fest. Pours dark amber, malty, alcohol, little dark fruits, little caramel, grainy, little hops.
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Clear dark amber with no head. Big caramel and pit fruit aromas with some alcohol. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Sharp caramel and pit fruit sweet flavors with spicy, hot alcohol to finish. Aged Barleywine 101.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone Brewery. Dark brown pour with a good 1 finger head. Smell is of dark fruits, caramel, and a delicate hint of hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the flavors blend together beautifully. Dark fruits, caramel, and roasty malts with a gentle hop finish. You can really tell that this is a blend of some older barleywines as it has really had a chance to mellow and smooth out. Great beer.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this on tap at the brewery. Brimming with sweet fall spices red apples and citrus. Lots of creamy malts and bitter hops on the finish along with an aggressive amount of alcohol. Certainly one of Ballast Points better beers.
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours is a clear gold with thin white head. Mostly sweet caramel malt, with notes of fruit, oak, vanilla, and earthy hops. Pretty good, but not one of my favorites.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Smells sharp and spicy. Tastes hot of alcohol, like it needs to settle down a bit. Bubblegum? Spicy and bitter, like aspirin a bit, but still really good.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Hamiltons SD. Odd color, but very complex nose with a wild over rip muddled fruit but comes together for a nice finish. Barley wines can be a bit much for me sometimes, this held it together. Cask conditioning may have helped add some texture. Cask froth stuck around. Just lots going on and this brew stands out, something I like to see.