TallGuy (17) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall a great barley wine. Looks/smells good, tastes good at first though it quickly tastes like cold saki. In other words, it tastes strongly of alcohol. Mind you I didnít age this. Bottle purchased at Wellís in Baltimore. 4 pack. OF NOTE: I have never seen this on tap, yet it says common in the info...
Krygh (17) - Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted a 5 year old bottle, some oxidation but compliments the robust dark fruit complexity. Hops really only spicy now and is mostly a hot malt bomb - great on a cold night.
Low carbonation cloudy deep amber. Thick mouthfeel - still hotter than I would have expected, and less mellow.
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vickvega82 (16) - Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin white head and spotted lacing. 3 year old vintage. Smells heavy of figgs and booze. It taste almost exactly like it smells. In the right proportions this would be a winner but the dates figs and alcohol is all too much. When i started buying olde school i thought it just need to sit longer to be tasty, but if 3years isnt scratching the surface, Iím dubious 5+ would be any better.
belieson (16) - USA - APR 17, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Intense and not paricularly interesting. Neither here nor there. Wouldnít get it again.
dorkasaurus (15) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic barley wine. I hope I can save some and try it in a few months. They are a great brewer but in our area the prices seem to be creeping up rapidly!?!?
weissblau (15) - - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a pale head, virtually no lace. Mild aroma of herbs and malt. Tastes musty and winey with malt and ... wow, this stuff packs a punch.
Dogfish_Yeti (14) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really great barleywine. The dates and figs are really forward. Hard to believe its 15%.
PierreCelis (14) - USA - FEB 3, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A little pale colored for a barley wine. Nose reminded me of Robitussin. First taste sweet and cloying - much alcohol.
Bitter cough syrup finish. Tasted in a session with Old Crustacean and Old Numbskull: both good. Olde School was an amateur attempt. Not pleasant.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Insanely smooth for 15%. Not much hop character, making it closer to the English standard for Barleywine than the American. That suits me fine. When I had it, it had been bottled very recently and was surprisingly drinkable. Curious to see what age will do to it, and I intend to find out.
vw73182 (13) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
WOW prepare yourself for this one. The high alcohol content is very obvious. Iíve had plenty of barley wines and this is one of the most potent ones Iíve had. Need to let it breath and sipping it is quite enjoyable