DocJitsu (908) - 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.
skmikeg (878) - Poway, California, 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.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the brewery. Nice hoppy flavors in this barley wine. Some fruitiness. Excellent!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Leftover from BW fest at Toronado.
Pours with a fairly dark color. Did not like this at all, very medicinal and boozy tasting seemed way off. Maybe the keg had a problem.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BOP - early Dec 05 tasting. 1 year old vintage. Cherry-wood brown and somewhat hazy. Very rich toffee carmel malt aromas and some citrusy hop notes and some fruits. Rich carmel malt flavors, sweet toffee, more fruits - specifically notes of raisins, and a touch of of citrus hops. Touch earthy.
Daytonbeer (641) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy orangish brown with tan head and light lacing. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is sweet with some burnt sugar, dark fruit, and an alcohol burn. Very nice.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You should have seen me the night I drank a whole growler of this stuff. I could have used a skid lid for my dome that night. Anyway, this is exceptional barley wine that actually tastes better if you don’t age it. I don’t like my barley wine too sweet and if you get this stuff when it’s new, you get barley wine backed with a superb hop backbone. They don’t fill the growler with this anymore, which will ultimately play a big part in saving my life.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at ballast point. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and burnt caramel. Flavor is caramel, smooth bitterness, and a lot of citrus. Palate is full, good carbonation and resinous.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours deep reddish brown. Nose has a lot of good sweet red fruit and inviting malt character. Taste is very clean, smooth and sweet with a candy component and some spice undertones. Very nice barley wine.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer poured a brownish red color w/ orange hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The aroma had caramel, dark fruit, slight citrus, and plum/raisin notes. The flavor had dark fruit, caramel, malts, slight citrus and hop notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and creamy w/ a dry finish.