dogfish120love (880) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy chestnut with a tan lacing around the rim. Heavy oak notes, with caramel, vanilla dark fruits and toffee notes.
jmcgavin12 (427) - Madison, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper colored with faint lacing white head. Aroma is heavy with sweet dark fruits, esters, and a slight hint of warming booze. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a medium body. Overall great barleywine and very enjoyable.
TBone (11893) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @brewpub vintage 2012
Pitch black, small white head. Served too cold. Sweet vanilla, dark fruity aroma with chocolate and dark malts. Medium to full bodied. Bourbon, sweetness, alcohol, raisins, some bitterness. Lots of bourbon. Sipping beer. Good.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, caramel, soft bitterness. Big and bitey, lots of warmth. Boozy, warming and toasty. Lots of malt, warm toast. Spicy, warm plums, toast. Very nice but definitely not for me. A touch too hot.
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--slightly hazy dark amber with a generous off-cream head. Aroma was sticky and assertive with lots of boozy toffee and malty syrup, with some cherries and raisins and a strong grassy hop presence. Flavor is big and full, with boozy toffee graininess, some grassy and piney assertive bitterness, a slight stone fruit tone, and finishing hoppy bitter and malty sweet. Aftertaste of piney bitterness. Really big palate and pretty complex.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest 2013. Pours a dark reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Light garbage, caramel, somewhat sugary aroma. The flavor also had a hint of veggies and garbage with other notes of toasted malts, sweetness, and light fruits. One of my least favorite beers of the fest.
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a hazy reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, carmel, earthinmess and tobaccvo. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, earthiness and sherry with a smooth dry lingering sherry finish.
SrSilligoose (3120) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Big sweet toasted toffee. Brown sugar. Touch of boozy rum cake. Nuts. Figs. Okay. Too big and rich 2 me.
jkwood04 (3398) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Flavor strong of the caramel malts. A pretty good barley wine.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a rich ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet caramels, slightly buttery toffee, dark fruits, and a nice molasses up front with some light wood notes, sherry, a bit of syrupy sweetness, a hint of toast, and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Molasses, toffee, and dark fruits up front with a nice sherry note, darker caramels, and wood up front. Some light earth in the middle with a touch of buttery toast before this finishes sweet with a light dryness from the wood and some sherry. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, slightly syrupy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Nice malt backing and sweet overall, but no hint of alcohol and a nice, light wood and sherry note along with some dark fruits. This was really enjoyable.