Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. Cloudy dark tan, thin lacing. Light floral hop aroma. Rich, sweet malty taste with lots of syrup and caramel. Great balance between bitterness and alcohol. Finish is roasted malt, dry, light hops. Very approachable.
Zeswaft (1439) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
served in a snifter. pretty close to being one of those overwhelming alcohol BWs. Not much hops. a fair amount toffee malt, and, needless to say, a noticeable amount of alcohol
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC. Big boozy sweet taste. Caramel and bourbon. Pretty nice barley wine, but nothing out of the ordinary.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. The beer poured a hazy, medium amber color with a tiny head that’s almost nonexistent. The aroma was bright and citrusy. Malty with a light note of toasted grain; hoppy with a moderate note of lemon; light miscellaneous notes of sherry, cognac, wood, a trace of balsamic vinegar, moderate miscellaneous notes of tropical fruit, spicy alcohol, tea and white grape juice. A nice aroma, but none of the warm, grounding notes one usually finds in a Barleywine. The flavor was heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a slightly salty, average-length, moderately sweet, moderately bitter finish. The body was medium-to-full, the texture was a little lighter than syrupy, the carbonation was soft and there was a harsh alcoholic feeling in the finish.
dogfish120love (1028) - 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.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a medium brown color, off white head. Aroma is musty, c our cherry, lemon notes. Almost candylike. Flavor is sweet, but balanced with hop biterness.Cherry and caramel. Sweet finish.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Blunderbuss on tap at the brewery, 2/28/11. Dark amber pour, very still in the glass. Only a white ring around the top of the beer. 4. Aroma of iced tea and ruby port wine.8. Sweet, syrupy, and luxurious in the mouth. Very much like a port. 8 Reminds me of Sam Adams Utopias without the high cost! Moderately full mouthfell 4. O: 18
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Cambridge Brewing. Clear ambar color with tall foamy head and nice lace. Sweet honey aroma with a trace of anise and wood. Strong alcohol flavor, sweet malt and flowery hops. Drinks like cognac or fine whiskey.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub. Nice hoppy and malt aroma. Well balanced, hop bit and warm caramel, buttery. So drinkable yet so strong, most refined of their brews, probably their best as well, and overall a great barleywine.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Slightly cloudy dirty brown with small head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Smooth and tasty beer that hides the alcohol very well. Good barley wine.