caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours darker amber with a quick off-white head. Nose is floral hops, maple syrup and lots of booze. Bizarre flavor: a strong, almost chocolately malt sharply changes to bitter hops on the back without either developing properly. Not a good combination. Alcohol is also unhidden and makes for an unpleasant finish. Sub-standard for such a well-regarded style.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours the color of petrified amber with little to no head. bare aroma of malts, some slight brown sugar. Typical barleywine flavor, though rather thin and undeveloped, followed by a cough syrup alcohol sensation and unpleasant hop bitter burning. Rather underwhelming, unfortunately.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber...which bombed. If you’re a barleywine lover, I would not recommend this. It is weak in flavor, has a watery mouthfeel, and you must really try to taste much of anything here. It was really closer to a subpar IPA I sampled just before trying this. This is the weakest-tasting barleywine I’ve had.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish copper with a crappy head. Smells matly and hoppy. Has a lot of sweet malt in the flavor, some raisin and other unexpected stuff. Good amount of hop bitterness to balance the sweet barley wine malts. Goes down a lot smoother than I expected, the alcohol isn’t overwhelming in the taste or finish. So far barely wines aren’t a favorite style of mine but this wasn’t too shabby.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle says you will be lucky to walk away from this.....the beer says I am not that big of a beer. Seriously though, this beer is nice and malty with a decent hop bitterness. caramel and toffee notes and really more drinkable then lots of barley wines. For this price it is hard to beat.
Odde (306) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
reddish amber, opaque body. quickly diminishing off-white head with spotty lacing. rather bitter hop bit and strong alcohol presence. unappealing malt body. meh.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with a decent sized head. Sweet malt and citrus flavor with a crisp and clean finish.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this in a 22 oz bottle. Poured dark copper with slight head that evaporated in a short while but left some decent lacing. Adquate carbonation. Nose alcohol and malt. Flavor pretty malty and slightly sweet with a little hopiness, but not much (if you’re a hop-head anyway). Overall it is pretty smooth and very drinkable. Nice flavor. the 10.6 ABV co-insides with the label .. "you won’t walk away from this one"
If you drink one of these 22 ouncers, give someone your car keys for about an hour or so.
Absolutely worth drinking and having again, even for a hop-head it’s enjoyable, but don’t expect an IPA-Like Hopiness because it’s just not there.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 23, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transparent copper with a khaki head. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Tastes grassy and of alcohol. Also tastes like green tea and grass. Syrup. Did not notice any of the dark fruits normally associated with barley wines. Comparable to the Butte Creek Revolution X.
orgbrewer (1) - Chico, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow this beer sure goes down smooth. Never had a beer this strong that drank so easy. Got to be careful with this one. For all hop heads out there this one is huge on the hops, not for the weak a heart. Its very dry, not thick and syrupy like most barlywines. I could drink these all night, thats if i did not passout first. Its a must try.