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.
skmikeg (1359) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky dark amber with a one finger tan head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, burnt caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Taste is similar to the aroma but has some nice medium hops and nice piney notes. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium long finish. Overall, a tasty barley wine that hides its ABV very well.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Valley Brew tasting Feb 2007 - Aroma and flavor are sweet caramel with sharp piney hops. Palate is sweet and tart. Not too complex but still very tasty. Probably suffering from palate fatigue at this point. I would like to try it again.
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.
Zymurgeist2 (1321) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barley Wine Fest at Toronado. Pours a clear chestnut brown with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel with lots of bread, molasses and full grain with some slight dark fruit.
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.
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper brown with a light taupe head. It has a caramel and grapefruit nose. Caramel and chocolate flavors with some cherry and citrusy notes. The finish is sweet despite the competing esters. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. It accentuates the flavors and bouquet perfectly.
kathouse (1292) - Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red and brown with a thin head. Smells like brown sugar and raisins. Alcohol presence is very noticeable. Sweet with toffee, raisins, and candied caramel. Finish lingers. Good and hot.
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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 On tap@O’Brien’s: Dark amber brown with a small (bar pour) light tan head. Aroma is light and sweet with dark fruit. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a little burnt caramel and some citrus finishing lightly orange rind bitter. Smooth light palate.