hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with almost no head. Coconut, vanilla, bourbon, wood and caramel aroma. The flavor is very malty and rich... vanilla, caramel and sourmash. Full-bodied and fatty with lively carbonation. Bitter-sweet, drying finish. Damn good brew! Pulls up just short of being world class!
whitehotg8 (51) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a three year old bomber out of my basement "cellar". It had a nice sediment that I barely disturbed upon pour into a globe glass. Color is a deeper caramel amber hue with a small off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is all sweet on the nose with just a hint of some delicate hop. Taste is sweet, malty, sugary with just a hint of hops trying to keep up; lingering on your palate. Overall a pretty solid example of the style for sure. Pick up two, drink one fresh and put the other away for a while.
Ericular (621) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Rapids Liquor tasting. Up front itís light-bodied with some cherry and dark fruit, then gains weight towards the end finishing more like Iím used to in a barley wine. There is zero alcohol evident here, so it goes down relatively easy.
jgb9348 (4749) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a single centimetre tall tan head and a nice bit of suspended particles/yeast noticeable. Aroma of pit fruits, strong toasted malt, nuts, earth, caramel and quite a bit of toffee - nice and not too pungent of alcohol notes. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong earthy flavour with a subdued sweetness, a good bit of alcohol and toasted malt and some light oak and spices. Aftertaste shows a pleasant mix of dry oak, vanilla, toffee, yeast and some light earthy notes. Overall, a good relatively mild barley wine that shows itís age nicely and doesnít come across to bitter - but has some good complexity and a smooth sweetness. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Ramsey Liqours in Ramsey, New Jersey on 22-February-2013 for US$10.49 sampled at home in Washington on 01-March-2014.
2012/2013 Bottle? [65cL @ 9%ABV] // Bought in February 2013 // Drank in March 2014
alexsdad06 (5477) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a sw eet caramel malt base with herbal and citrus hops, some earthy notes too. Good bitterness to the finish. Some toffee and wood there too. I liked this even though I usually lean more toward English barley wines.
annunz123 (862) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuits, raisins, caramel, and a fair amount of alcohol in the aroma. Malty and somewhat sweet flavor. Drying alcohol and a little smoke in a somewhat harsh finish. Iíve really liked most of Ciscoís big beers. This was decent but a little disappointing.
Headbanger (3311) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 11/1/13 (Binnyís Naperville)-50į in Snifter-Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel, dried fruit, malt, and fruity. Taste of the same with a bit of alcohol along with more sweetness. This full bodied brew is not bad but a bit weaker than other BWís I have had.
ROGUE (2099) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones .Pours a hazy deep brownish amber color with a thick, creamy, lasting, tan head. Aroma is very malty, fruity with loads of esters and alcohol. Taste is malty, but not really sweet, with toasty bread, hints of caramel, candied-fruit cake and pineapple. Loads of alcohol warmth. Full bodied with too much carbonation.
DrSilverworm (6455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Somewhat of a more clear orange amber color, made hazy with lots of fine particles in the body. Thin off-white head with good retention. Loose ropes of lace. Orange and pepper in the nose. Light caramel malt. Bigger body. Smooth, soft carbonation. Lightly dry texture. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Light bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but itís not bad for 12%. Good spicy, hoppy flavor. Some red fruit, light caramel malt, burnt sugars. Tasty, complex, more bitter and assertive barleywine.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It glug glugs out of the high shoulder 750mL bottle pouring with a clear amber to copper body that supports a two minute long dirty white head. The aroma offers up plums and smooth muted sweet cherries covered in a sweet syrup with a bit of vague pine like hops in the background. At the end of the draw is the expected bit of boozy heat to the nose. The taste is smooth and largely sweet with dark fruity esters. I get plum juice, cherries and dates with thin ribbons of sweet malts and molasses. This is a really nice smooth sipper.
blklab2007 (1973) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured an orange amber color with a thin cap of white had that fell right off. Aroma has sticky malt, aged hops, perfume, caramel, and some oxidation. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation medium low. Flavor is again rich on the malt, perfume, some sweetness, oxidized hops, and a smack of heat.