peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very exemplary appearance. Aroma of wildflower honey, pine sapplings and heat. Palate is quite hot and slightly sticky. Flavour is strongly camerlized sugar with a chalky finish masking fruit pits. Lightly oxidized.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: musty, floor cleaners, some citrus fruits, and brown sugar
Appearance: murky brown, little carbonation, little lacing
Flavor: musty, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, some plums, red grapes, and weird chemicals
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/24/04. Poured out of bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Dark orange-brown with a faint red trace. No real head-- a bit of a cognac appearance. Somewhat faint aroma, but itís pretty straightforward for the style with fruity malts. Flavor is dark, twiggy whiskey with subtle caramel. Pretty imbalanced even for a barley wine. Some metallic potency on the finish. Prickly. Medium-full body, sticky on the lips, but not much there. Not close to a great beer, but a serviceable barley wine.
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 The year of the knucklehead I had was the year with Fred Eckhart on it. Bought this at Topperís Market in Helana MT. Well made, complex and nothing out of this world. Page 82 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 450 of 500 Classic Brews to go.
Cristobal37 (369) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iím not a big fan of the barleywine style. Iíve tried specifically those which others have rated highly. While I found this more drinkable than Anchorís Old Foghorn, it was still quite unpleasant. Very full beer which stays on the tongue for a while. Rich alcohol flavor. Maybe I should give it another go, but didnít like it the first time around.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty. Full bodied. Not overly hoppy. A little too much alcohol aroma and flavor. It could be improved by hiding the alcohol a little better. If you visit either of the Bridgeport brewpubs, ask for this beer. Itís sometimes not listed on the menu but available nonetheless.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brownish murky color. The aroma was of plumbs and raisons. The flavor is plummy with slight alcohol. Warming to the tummy like a barley wine should be. A very smooth and soft palate.
Jamesthebrit (350) - 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 thatís all I can think of. An ok beer but not amazing.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been waiting to get my hands on this brew for a while. I am happy to report this beer did not disappoint at all. Powerful, dark fruit aroma. Alcohol spice in the nose. Robust maltiness and well developed flavors. Somewhat cloying but still chewy and full of goodness. I expected this to be rated higher. Overall, a fantastic barley wine.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear amber body with light head. Slight malty aroma. Decent malt palate with good hop balance. A bit of a bite towards the finish.