anders37 (15570) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty dark fruit and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel dry dark fruit finish.
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. An unclear dark orange brown beer with a small, light beige head. Some curtains. The aroma has some alcohol, dried fruits and green pine cones, as well as caramel and a roasted touch. It’s full bodied and lightly warning, softly carbonated. The flavor has a nice bitterness, with a little bit alcohol, some caramel and pine cones. Lasting warning finish with bitterness, sweetness and a fruity touch. A nice barley wine, although not as complex as the best. 130821
jcwattsrugger (11004) - 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.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: December 01, 2005
Appearance: muddy dark amber
Aroma: rich malt aroma with earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great fruity character, earthy hops, nice bitter finish, an easy drinking barley wine, aged 1 year
Date: December 02, 2005
Words: blend of 3 years
nice citrus in the aroma, but a lots of the rich malt has thinned
Date: November 30, 2006
Vintage: fresh batch
very similar to the 1 year old, a bit more harsh on the hops,
Date: December 01, 2006
Source: strong ale fest
Words: 10 year blend
rich caramel flavor balanced by the earthy hops, picking up a sour oak flavor,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is dark amber in color with a creamy khaki head.
S: As expected for a barleywine, a malty nose with some caramel and toffee along with a light hoppiness. The hops give a definite perfume character and somewhat of a floral note. Some booze on the finish.
T: A slightly more fruity hop character with a touch of pineapple, which lasts all the way through the sip. Plenty of toast and just a mild roast and bitterness. The hops give their same perfume notes and there is certainly some booze. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and citrus peel.
M: This is certainly full in body with a medium carbonation.
O: I had wanted to try this beer for quite awhile, but it didn’t really live up to expectations. Sort of stuck in the middle between a hoppy barleywine and a sweet one.
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white to beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, dried fruits, pine and spicy hops and alcohol. Flavor is spicy alcohol and hops, moderate bitterness, dried fruits, caramel and a sweet flavor that finishes dry. Full body and medium carbonation.
hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft... RBSG ‘08... Looks like caramel in a glass with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Terrific retention. Plush, lightly acidic, caramelly aroma. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. Bows toward the bitter side of balance... citrus and earthy hops are layered upon a caramel malt backbone. Lengthy, caramel and grapefruit rind finish.
JorisPPattyn (7721) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught Good yellow-creamhead; maroon beer. US hops, milkchocolate, coffee cream, grapes and a fruity finish. Good bready, well-balanced sweet-bitter; finish is very dry-bitterish; flavours of exotic fruit. Well-balanced, quite slick, dry-out effect in the end. Good, if unbelievably discreet in the alcohol for a barley wine.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Linda Vista location. This beer is a mostly clear dark amber color with a medium and creamy beige head that recedes slowly. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and touches of fruit. Rich, chewy body with a somewhat medicinal character. Syrupy sweet fruits along with malt and hops flavors. The finish is tart and fruity with a mild hops aftertaste. Would be well above average but the medicinal qualities knock it down a couple pegs.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 year blend on tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Transparent bright copper color with a frothy, light tan head. Complex sweet toasty caramel aroma has some light fruity complexity and grapefruity hops. Body starts sweet, viscous and caramely fruity with some cherry and strawberry flavor toward a crisp, warming bittersweet finish. Good complexity and seems to have aged quite well.
1 year old barch sampled at the brewery on 11/30/06: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Sweet, fresh big grapefruity hoppy aroma has nice caramel malty backing. Body starts viscous and caramely sweet with good fresh piny hoppy bitterness and complexity toward a warming, resiny sticky finish.