Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A simple barley wine, malty a little sweet hops balancing it out nicely. Almost an every day beer
Jamesthebrit (249) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of bubblegum grape. Yes grape bubblegum.
Looks nice. Dark hazy red brown, nice creamy tan head.
Taste is sweet. Boozy. Malty. Gummy.
Palate is heavy. Boozy. Smooth.
Overall this one sort of misses the mark for me. With that huge grape gum note that’s all I can think of. An ok beer but not amazing.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany colored with a small creamy beige head. SMells and taste like sweet raisins. Has a medium body and velvetty palate.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a pretty darn good barleywine. Very drinkable and full bodied with decent flavor. Pours nice and dark. I will have this one again.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2003 First had this brew on cask at the brewpub in portland. It's amazing on cask. I just opened up a bottle, 2003 vintage. It's pretty darn good in a bottle. Beautiful appearance, masks the ABV well, a little fruity. Rerate:bonus points for cask, I had it again recently.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a 1992, tasted in 2002 - lots of sediment, wonderful aroma, very tasty, may have been past it’s prime and not always cellared well. This is a very good beer, should have drank it two years ago.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium amber with a thing white head. Mostly diminishing head with decent lacing. Smells of sweet, hops, and bitter smelling. Real sweet and then gets real bitter neat bear.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark fruit is quickly followed by a mustiness, pungent tartness. Pours a deep ruby color with off white head. Plum, blackberry jam begins, drying out the palate in the process. Chewy and thick; almost syrupy. Alcohol warmth reminds you that this is a barleywine. Will warm you up from the inside.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
First off, it's ugly as all hell. No head, and a weird kind of see-through purple color. A little bit of cherries in the otherwise boring aroma. Very thin and even a little fizzy. I pick up some nyquil underneath all that fizz. I can drink it, but only because I'm a sucker for barleywines. This is way short of what I'm looking for though. I won't be buying this again, especially because there's so many more to choose from that are so much better (Full Sail, Victory, DogFish Head Immort Ale, etc.). No complexity or anything interesting in a positive way at all.
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with a tan head that stays only as a reminder that this beer is different. Very complex and strong alochol taste, which was not expected with the sweet sugary aroma. The fruity taste subsides to the hoppiness for a bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but watch how much of it you drink!