Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, vintage 2002: Cloudy amber/ruby, small head which fades quickly to nothing. Caramel and maple nose, overall quite sweet smelling. Burnt caramel malt shares the palate with dry floral hops. Lasting dry bitterness in finish, no sign of alcohol here.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured cloudy brown, the beer has a sweet aroma with caramel and boozey notes. The beer tastes sweet, boozey, complex malt and hop flavors. The palate has a light fizz and medium body. Overall a typical barleywine, not over the top but solid.
theothermatt (286) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1999 bottle! Holy shit! Sweet aroma. A bit of maple. Smooth with a little oxidation. Held up really well for such an old beer. Nice.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Nose with honied malt and spicy hops. Thick on the tongue with a start of smooth lightly toasted hops. Moves into a fruity and grassy hop finish. No hint of alcohol over the sweet malts. Not a bad little beer.
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep rich mohogany. Malt, Cordials. Booze, Chocolate and some woody aspect. Head doesn’t last but lacing is nice. Taste is deep dark overripe fruits, chocolate, caramel, and christmas cherry cordials. Brandy-ish. Mouthfeel is perfect. Easily Bristol’s best beer.
Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Dark brown color with off white moderate to low head. Nice caramel and malty aroma, vanilla. Moderate hop aroma. Very flavorful with nice sweet vanilla and caramel with balanced hops. Medium full body. A great barley wine!
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little head, and medium red/brown color for a barley wine. Has characteristics of a double IPA. Meaning the rich maltiness with a grapefruit flavor. Along with that, it had a soft balanced hop content and a sweet rasain accent. I like this English interpretation of a barley wine.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Santa Fe Spirits. Drank on 8/22/06. 2005 vintage. Clear, dark copper to light amber. Very thin layer of foam - can hardly call it a head - off white to light tan. Disappears immidiately to a ring of foam. Aroma - decent sized aroma - lots of sweet malts, some fruity hops - apricot, cherries. Almost candy-like sweetness. Flavor - some average up front bitterness that disappears on the tongue. Really smooth, well balanced, and sweet in the middle. The sweet, fruity, malty flavors come out in the finish. Cherries. Palate - pretty full bodied. Carb is on the low side, but good for a BW. Oddly it kind of thins out in the swallow. Overall - Pretty good BW. Nice aroma, good flavor, good mouthfeel. No head, which is somewhat typical for the style. I guess it could be a tad thicker and stronger, but there is no lack of flavor or complexity. No alcohol flavor or warmth. Will definitely be stocking up on the ’06.
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 2006. Heavy malt aroma. Taste a little like at heavy brown ale, with round malty body. A hint of hops too. nice but not that complex.
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a mollasses taste and ETOH burn. Full, thick , rich body. A little too sweet for me but a decent winter beer.