dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Balanced" barley wine with a great aroma and complementing hop taste/aroma. Dont hesitate to try this one!
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rattle. Pours a deep, hazy red amber body. Aroma is sweet fruity malts and very light funk. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of tart fruits, booze and malts.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap... Poured deep amberish/red with a thin, near white head. Nose had some boozy oak and whiskey tones. Some decent amount of bitterness, lots of hop resinous tones, cookie dough, malt sugars, dark fruits, figs and a little bit f yeast esters and tartness. And some whiskey, charred and boozy alcohol flavors.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010
Appearance: Pours dark auburn with no head.
Aroma: Toasty, sweet malt, and fruit.
Taste: Fresh oak, fruit (tart apple), spicy hops and burnt sugar.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy, medium bodied.
Overall: Very woody, very tasty, on the hoppy side.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at breweryhazy golden with no head. Spicy caramel and oak aroma and taste with a sticky alcholic finish.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Gate. Deep red-garnet beer with a thick sticky off-white head. Intense aroma with heavy sweet malts over lots of rich berryish fruits. Soft oaky vanilla/floral character. Flavour is quite sweet and sticky with a very strong heavy bitterness on the back. The flavour is full of bright hops, grapefruit and pine and a touch of whiskyish sweetness. They certainly didn’t skimp on the hops in this one and I suspect that this will age nicely. As the beer warms up, there is a bit of whisky/vineous character. The middle kind of falls out a little bit, but this is still a solid barleywine.
hayduke (4921) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
If I am going to rate this great brew then I have to enter it. According the bartender this is a new one, and more powerful than previous offering. At 10.5% ABV it poured a deep copper with a very sticky off-white head and rich long lacing rings that looked like glue. Big nose of a whiskey or cognac barrel, and ripe fruit. Mouth feel is rich and and you can taste the alcohol. Flavor of caramel malts and with some hops. Long finish with the amazing mixture of sweetness and bitterness that only great barley wines can achieve.