STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle- color of translucent mahogany, with a good cream colored head - nose of nice hops, brown sugar , and alcohol – taste of slight hops , molasses , prunes , and way too much alcohol - body is creamy with some texture when one get past the alcohol burn , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of raisins , slight hops , red fruit , caramel , and alcohol – this beer is green defiantly needs age
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky, hazy gold. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, and alcohol. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. Big citrus hop taste with a nice cookie malt balance. Bitter finish clings to the tongue.
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.
jrmac (333) - 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.
Wegro (332) - 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.
Odde (308) - 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 (204) - 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.