nickd717 (3400) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Cask. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is nice sweet and a bit of dried fruit. High alc in the taste, not much of a great taste otherwise. disappointed.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012
Location: Draft at Cork City, 12/15/12
Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with caramel, molasses, toffee, and some earthy hops
Appearance: It was served in a tulip, with a dark reddish color to the pour, and a beige head
Flavor: The flavor is medium sweet and fairly malty, with a solid earthy and a little citrusy bitterness
Palate: This one has a medium-full body, an average carbonation, and a bit of boozy heat
I thought this was some pretty good stuff. It has a bit of heat from the alcohol, but it doesnít overpower the beer. It isnít a perfect Barleywine or anything, but it is a more than solid offering.
patrick767 (3232) - 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 thereís some fairly mild alcohol presence. This barley wine is excellent.
1FastSTi (3217) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Ballast Point. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with a white head. Aroma of grains. Flavor of sweet malt and a light spruce hop. Medium body and unfortunately, it had a little diactyl.
alexanderj (3193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hamiltonís. 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.
DYCSoccer17 (3155) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Vinous plum and pear-like aroma with some noticeable piney hops. Transparent copper color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter to start finishing sweet and hoppy at the end. I personally like a lot more of the vinous fruitiness in my barleywines. Alcohol hidden well, though.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the "Twisted Stick", one of icemanís favorite dive bars. Had this one for his going away party.
This is a very easy to drink barleywine, Malty & sweet up front, but not too heavy, it was slightly tangy on the finish. Very nice.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ OíBrienís San Diego. Beer poured a deep rusty amber color with a thin, off white head. Nose of dried dark fruits like Raisen, pruns, dates? Alcohol was present but, not overwhelming. A good bite on the finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the brewery. Beautiful dark brown/red color, very little head. Nice aroma, slightly sweet, caramel, dark fruit. Awesome beer, very easy going down with a nice hop bite to it. This is the kind of barleywines I like.