Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.
onceblind (6631) - 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.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raisins, grapes, plums, huge sweet malts, nutty marzipan and hints of alcohol collide in a complex symphony of scent. Clear amber-brown with shy white head that recedes to ring. Smokey flavour underlies a huge, sweet, round maltiness with a fair bit of alcohol and a nice balancing bitterness. Definite warming. Medium body with low carbonation. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.
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.
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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear medium to dark orange color. The head was off white and left some lace on the glass. The aroma consisted of some light buttery toffee, a whiff of dark fruits, and distinct oak. Medium bodied, perhaps lightened up a bit by the 11.7% ABV. Sticky in the mouth and semi-sweet. Pleasant flavor profile that included layers of honey, toffee, buttery caramel, subdued vanilla, and flowery hops. Good stuff.
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
9oz on tap at Cambridge
Appearance : Hazy peach
Aroma : Some apricots, a bit spicy
Taste : Hoppy and sweet. Malty with hints of port wine. Nice sweet port wine finish. Some spices and candy sugar.
Overall : Interesting beer !
dogfish120love (1089) - 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.
jkwood04 (5165) - 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.
j12601 (9100) - 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.