Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big molassis aroma. Dark copper with no head. Very sweet and sticky palate. Big molassis and caramel taste, a little overwhelming. Mild hopping and bitterness in the finish.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Coopersmiths. Copper pour with an off-white head. Nice sherry, dark fruit, and caramel aroma. Kind of a candied fruit and raisin note. Flavor is watery and has a lot of green apple. Bread, caramel, and a touch of booze.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Tap at brewery. Dark burnt orange appearance with a big orange cream head. Quite hoppy sweet wine-like aroma. Very strong and sweet flavor that’s wine-like. Somewhat hard to drink.
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at CooperSmith’s. Pours clear amber with an average, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at the brewpub. pour is a deep red like a cloudy ruby with a decent head. smells of alcohol pine, vanilla and caramel. first taste i thought wow, this is grainy. same on the second and third. once i got past that to the other flavors which are mainly booze, some fruits, like banana and oranges, but the husky grain flavor domninated this sweet brew.
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is fully diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (resin),
with notes of alcohol and toffee.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A simplistic, alcohol-heavy rendition.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had this on-tap at the brewery. Poured a light, clear amber without any head. The aroma contained caramel, trace vanilla and raisin with a very strong alcohol note. The flavor started sweet and oddly salty with a long, slightly sweet finish with a heavy alcohol burn. The palate was heavy with a thicky, syrupy texture without any carbonation. Not a bad brew, but nice attributes were masked by the heavy alcohol aroma and flavor. Bummer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Ruby. Dying head. Nose of molasses, honey, oak, sherry and dark fruits. Well aged and melded malt driven flavor. Notes of caramel and molasses, sherry and dark fruits. Well hidden alcohol. Medium bodied but the texture is fairy watery. Still though, like almost every barley wine, this is pretty damn good.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh, sweet Jesus! I drank way too much of this at the 2003 Steamboat Festival. This one is worth the trip to Ft. Collins for the barleywine lover. If you could imagine the marriage of a chocolate brownie with a fine single malt...well, you've just got to try this one.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Black Powder poured copper (?, hard to tell at the bar) with a little head that quickly dissipated to a ring. It had a tart alcohol/sherry aroma. I really like the taste. It's smooth and full-bodied with a taste of figs, carmel and oak with an alcohol finish. This is a nice drinkable barley wine that I like to partake of when in season.