Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orangey straw color, lacing down the side, with a malty honey aroma. Very sweet and smooth, with littler or not bit until very late into the aftertaste.
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle, a deep orangish color. Strong fruity aroma and obviously high ABV. Very fruity and sweet, my first BW a little to strong to do anything but sip. Also have one I’m going to age for a year and try it again. Overall good flavors but could use some calming down (aging).
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is raisins, bready, a little malty as well. Taste is similar but with a little vanilla, syrupy, a little hoppy and pretty sweet with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Body is thick, heavy and oily. This is a huge, complex barleywine with lots of flavors and is very strong. I like this quite a bit.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried this brew tonight. Very smooth mouthfeel, pours a amber with off white lacing and creamy head. Fruity tones with fig and date. Alch. presence is very hidden despt 15% Abv. Finishes smooth, much like the 120 IPA.
Krej (139) - USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very strong beer. You almost have to chew it. Very malty and delicious, but also very strong. Not much hops to it. I did drink it very fresh though and have a couple bottles to age, so I’m excited to see what happens to it.
MaroonOrange (137) - - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown color with creamy head and nice lacing. Aromas of wood, plums, figs, and citrus. Strong flavor with noticeable alcohol up front.
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Jan 7 2013. 12oz bottle pours deep amber with some reddish hues and tight head. Aroma is boozy with hints of dark fruit. Not much depth in aroma or taste. Flavour gets consumed by high alcohol content which is overpowering at 15%. I like the warmth in the palate but the dates or figs add nothing so better off to drink some good brandy. From other sources it seems not to improve by aging. Disappointing from reputable brewery. I guess for high abv stick with abbey brews. This one is a failure.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
guess what?....i love a great barley wine ale. This is one.Amber hue, sweet toasty malt but mostly fruity aromas of apricots, candied oranges, follow through a fruity, sweety medium-bodied palate, The flavour was deliciously rich, packed with sweetness and fruit. The alcohol tends to really dominate the aroma and flavor with some ripe peach, apricot and white grape in the background.alcohol was present big time at the end. X beer by an X brewy
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice creamy pour with a tight head of foam. Really fuity nose and an almost almond/orange bouquet to it. First sip and I did a double take as it was like nothing I have experienced with a barleywine style ale. Very orangey and smooth with no real hop character, completley relying on the malt which took to much of the front seat if you ask me. Nice, but not my favorite.
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This was awesome! I like my beer strong and I like my beer to finish strong and this beer delivered in both categories! It acts almost like a delicious sipping wine with a sweet finish. There was a VERY faint astringent quality on the sides of the tongue that other people had noted but that is such a minor complaint that it is easily made up for with the smooth feel on the tongue and sweet alcohol flavor. I will be buying more - don’t know if it’ll make it a year if I know where I burried them!