badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Deep reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Great hoppy aroma of maple, pine, and cedar. Decent malty backbone with some cereal character and a good hoppy pine and citrus taste with alcoholic warmth in the finish.
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown red color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, citrus, wood, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with citrus being more pronounced, oxidation, and an alcohol burn in the finish.
decaturstevo (5215) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a hazed medium to deep amber with a thinning head- fades. Aroma is very sharp earthy crystal malt, caramel, honey, maple, earth, light grassy hops, and ok fruity raisin esters. Flavor is also a touch too sharp with dark crystal malts, brown sugar, sweet molasses and earth with a light hoppy finish- somewhat smooth- ok.
dwyerpg (4656) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Tons of caramel molasses flavor. What a good beer. On the sweet side, but I drank this down until I was too wasted, to the chagrin of many, but it happens sometimes.
JohnnyJ (4559) - 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.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sprucey, resiny, pine orange hops in the nose. Clear golden coloured body with a fine bubbled white head that recedes to lasting cover. Fruity esters are notable beneath resiny, green, strong, pine-like, orange bitterness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Definitely West coast, this seems like a cross between and I2PA and a BW. Sampled at GABF 2005.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at CAH. Pours a hazy deeper brown with amber notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma was rich and complex. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nuts, port qualities and woody notes. Flavor of tge same complex notes, loads of dark fruits. Excellent barleywine, perfect base beer to barrel age.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Draft @ Ballast Pt. This was just the 1 yr. old: Hazy dark amber with a reddish hue. Medium cream colored head. Hop aroma of citrus and pine comes out first. then malty toffee and nut underneath. Some fruitness. big malty flavor. Caramel with some raisins. Hop flavors come through. Nice warmth.
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: 3 Year blend (00,02,04 I believe) big malt and hops very smooth and a great balance.8/4/7/4/16
10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: 10 Year Blend Third time trying and third different blend this time was a blend using some as old as 10 years. Poured a highly hazed ruby amber color with a creamy beige head. Big aroma that was full of sweet fruity malt. Big citrus and piney hop. Nice caramel base. Malty and fruity flavor with a big piney hop flavor and finish. Semi-dry finish. Full bodied. The best version for sure.
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
10z for $10.00 of pure let down. Yeah this shot was WAAAYY overpriced but I paid it for a new rape, er I meant rate. Poured a pitch black body with an average to smaller creamy beige head. Aroma was rather subdued even after sitting for some time. Notes of chocolate, light molasses and a hint of toffee. Medium bodied with decently strong carbonation for a BarleyWine. Flavor of light chocolate, brown bread, grains, cold coffee???? Is this the right beer??