dwyerpg (4528) - 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.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On-cask at Stone 11/16/07. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick white head that leaves lots of spider web lace down the glass. Red fruit and alcohol on the nose. I get the same kind of red fruit taste that I got on the nose, a good bit of malt on the palate, and of course some booze. Surprisingly thin, but not too thin. Subdued but still vibrant carbonation. Awesome beer. The best brew I’ve ever had on cask.
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.
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
vanilla, roasty, brown, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, long finish,
TomDecapolis (4459) - 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.
egajdzis (5290) - 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.
patrick767 (3566) - 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 there’s some fairly mild alcohol presence. This barley wine is excellent.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Downtown Johny Brown’s. Pours a dark ruby red with a thick creamy off white head that leaves behind a wall of lacing. Cotton candy and maple syrup aroma. Sure it has a big sweetness, but it has the hop content to balance this out. In fact, this seems smooth enough to be somewhere between and american and an english barleywine. Lots of cherries to the finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This barley wine pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. Slighlty sweet and malty with nice fruity notes, some caramel and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.