GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Copper coloring. Clear, still waters. Light, sporadic soapy head on the rim. Aromatic, hoppy, orange-peel, dates . . . very pleasing. Flavoring mirror the aroma with spices and fruity notes physically dancing on the tongue. Smooth finish, warm fuzzies from the alcohol level. it’s clearly present but not overpowering. Very nice - a quality barleyine.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark cherry colored body with fizzy, off-white head. Fair lacing. Active body. Aroma is of sweet malts, but not enough to mask the strong scent of alcohol. Initial taste is heavily sweet, tempering to a moderately sweet finish with an average duration. Medium on the mouth, it has a creamy texture with moderate carbonation.
The alcohol jumps out of the glass and smacks you.
Reviewed on January 20th, 2007.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colored a beautiful ruby brown. Sweet and malty aroma with a distinct hops smell, very pleasing to the nose. Heavily malty flavor. Thick and sweet with a hoppy bitter leave. Drink it from a snifter to get the most pleasure for the nose (as well as feeling all sophisticated).
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Vintage on tap at CBC at the 2009 Barleywine Festival. Body is a dark cloudy caramel color with almost no head. Smells like old dish water, dried plums and orange soda. Pallate was watery and flat with very little carbonation left, and just traces of alcohol on my lips. Flavors of maple syrup, red wine reductions and dried apricots and plums are most prevalent. Nice balance and really a welcome and desirable aftertaste with some roasted malty notes that linger.