decaturstevo (5781) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep copper pour with a yellow green head. A solid raisin and other dried fruit on the nose. A flavor of oak, oranges, and dried fruit taking up the slack. Palat is just a bit thin. A good beer all round complex and very different from most BW’s.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the brewery - What an appropriate name for a barley wine... it pours dark amber with a thin, long lasting head. The aroma is of heavy malt and dark fruit. Those fruit notes carry on well through the malt rich flavor. Some good hops accents kick in to balance it out and there’s some fairly mild alcohol presence. This barley wine is excellent.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-cask at Stone 11/16/07. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick white head that leaves lots of spider web lace down the glass. Red fruit and alcohol on the nose. I get the same kind of red fruit taste that I got on the nose, a good bit of malt on the palate, and of course some booze. Surprisingly thin, but not too thin. Subdued but still vibrant carbonation. Awesome beer. The best brew I’ve ever had on cask.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a big retaining rich tan head and deep red color. Aroma is sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Taste is oak, spicy, bitterness, sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Medium body. Interesting.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with long lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma is a bit mild with highly roasted malts and faint fruity esters. It smells mildly barleywine like. The taste is roasty and hoppy, wow. Highly roasted malts, some crystal malts (90L maybe), Special B, a hint of chocolate and an abundance of pine hops. The hops aren’t too bitter though. They are either including some late addition hops or the malt bill is so strong it pushes over the hop bitterness. This is really a big load of malts and lacks some of the dark fruity esters and kettle caramelization of the style I’m used to. Seems more like it might be an American Strong.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
PP Strong Ale fest. Deep orange and copper in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Malty toffee bready aroma. Earthy hoppy toffee caramel flavor. Figs, raisins, dates and oak notes. Medium bodied. Finish is roasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Live Wire. I love Ballast Point, and I love Barley Wines, but this one just did not work for me. The pour was beautiful, but this is very malty, with some smoke and oak in the mix. Probably resembles a European barley wine, rather than the American hoppy BW’s im used to. Good, but not what im used to.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ O’Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Was really dark in color for the style Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Flavor was heavy on the roasted side with the above mentioned flavors. Alcohol was well hidden, not really detectable.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Hamilton’s. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma is mild grapefruit, citrus, and roasted malt. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and some malt bitterness. Alexanderj thought 3.5ish.