Reid (2014) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking ale, dark orange, clear with a large thick creme coloured head.
Aroma is pretty faint, but it was was malty,slightly caramel.
Oh wow ..this is a strange flavour! Dark fruits, bitter malty and alcoholic all at once clashing in the first sip Pretty sugary in a sherry sort of way. After the first few sips it settles down into a very malty ,alcoholic taste , though not totally unpleasant.
Actually alright on the palate, a little sugary at times .
Overall a bit of a "train wreck" alright. Maybe this could improve with age.
Though its notvtotally bad now.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light bronze in color. Aroma is of poorly extracted malts and big alcohol, manure,hay, vitamins & minerals. Flavor is nasty, with some dirty, manure like flavors.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. This pours beautiful, mostly clear bright reddish copper with a large fluffy head that lingers well. Aroma of sweetish maltiness, some caramel, citrus fruit, with hints of spice, but also a weirdish dusty cardboard scent. Flavor is way rich and malty, with soft ripe fruits, grapefruit and citrus hops, a little spice and noticible alcohol. Full body, smooth and gently carbonated.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
OK. Hereís an official tickerís beer. I bought this 22ozer at Bevmo for $4.99, because I want another >10% rating, and because I love strong barleywines. I used to avoid buying beers with ratings below 3.7, but here I am. Pours with a medium head of medium bubbles, which fade very fast, leaving a very clear dark amber liquid. Some malty and higher alcohol heat in the aroma. Certainly needs some aging to mellow it out. Some early hop bitterness. A little sharp and young, but still nice. Pretty drinkable considering the ABV. Leans a little dry. 3.2-3.3.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a clear reddish copper color with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of booze, caramel, toffee, raisins, hints of dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of phenol, caramel, honey, toffee, light floral hops. Generally medium body with a pleasing malty finish. This one smells better than it tastes.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
very nice looking brew i must say.clear orange with a thick and creamy off white head that leaves lots of lacing.aroma is very nutty,followed by bananas,,and oranges.flavor is full of nutty characteristics,then follows cotton candy,grapefruit,hair spray,and alcohol.i wonder if butte will ever brew a beer i will really like?
Rustyham (1778) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More bitter than expected, this did have some malt body to it and was more orange colored that your typical barley wine color. Not too exciting, but better than expected from an obscure brand from Whole Foods. Shared with Smith4498
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in a 22oz. Pours dark brown, from froth but no head. Palate is a bit rough i feel. Still, good brew, good alcohol content. Iffy if i would try again.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle - dark amber and crystal clear; thin body with aroma mix of hops and mild sugar; mild flavors as well with slight bitterness and dry finish; a smooth drinking ale
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I donít know if itís significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and itís quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but itís still good. Itís really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. Iím not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flashís barleywine.