ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a syrupy copper color. smells quite sour, like rotten fruit juice. taste is similar, like fruity and some citrus, sour. again tastes similar to old juice. not my cup of tea. i think im starting to realize i dont like these high % beers. they seems to be to sweeet and syrupy and not enought like a real beer.
Angelmonster (173) - Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This version was bottled in 2009
Pours a dark golden honey, clear with light carbonation. Head is off white, 1/3 inch and lasted throughout the whole beer. Lacing was amazing and coated the whole glass, amazing appearance.
Smell is pretty sweet for such a strong beer, lots of honey, caramel and butterscotch/diacetyls. Also present is molasses/artificial maple syrup mixed with lingering hops. Surprised that I didnt get any alcohol aromas at all.
Taste is definitely not what I expected for 15% beer. Its almost like someone took sisyphus or olde gnarlywine and dumped some honey and simple syrup into the glass. Buttery diacetyls follow suit with some faint hops rounding it out. Alcohol isnt tasted too much but rather more present as a warming sensation down the throat.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy but there is just enough carbonation to prevent it from being too heavy. Head adds a nice smooth coating to the top of the beer which is probably the most important thing I look for when grading mouthfeel.
Overall this beer is pretty good but abit too much on the sweet side. Maybe it was aged too much but I felt it needed a little more hops or alcohol to push it to elite status of barleywines. Drinkability is still great for such a strong beer though, will have to buy another bottle and not age it as long.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcohol overwhelms a bit and hte beer is somewhat oen dimension. Not a bad beer bu tnot thick and complex like most great barleywine. On the plus side, the beer initial flavor of sweet prunes and caramel last through the beer and make the beer pretty enjoyable
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange /amber pour nice sudsy white head. Fruity alchol nose is of over ripe appricot with a bit of bubble gum yeastiness. Alot of complex malty scents. Big fruity flavors and a alcohol burn. More felt than tasted. Ends with a lingering sweetness. Can't pin point it but something makes it kind of boring. I have a four pack in the cellar I'll revisit some time.
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Itís a little bit bitter, you know?" -Matthew
How does one rate a beer like this? Itís more of a whiskey, less of a lesson.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage. Little too hot for me. Would like to see witch age. Boozines dominates with a little bit of sweet malt seeping out the sides
slimweebs (162) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong flavor, and alcohol content. The alcohol isnít covered as well as Iíd like, but it is covered much better than other barleywines iíve tasted. I normally donít really like barleywines that much, but this one is pretty decent.
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 2004. From the second you open the bottle you can tell that itís going to be a big beer. Aroma is huge on toffee malt sweetness and alcohol. As things warm up a bit, dark fruit begins to make itself known, but the alcoholic nostril tinge is a bit overwhelming. Flavor starts out with flavors of sweet malts and oak, followed up with a thorough working over by the alcohol. Not as hot as some beers, but the hops donít do there job balancing this out. The only finish is a sweet cloying alcoholic burn, with little if any noticeable bitterness. Not a bad brew, but definitely not a session beer by any means.
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/16 1:55 Very spicy aroma. Medium sweety with very hoppy and spicy finish. A very big beer. Too much for me but good for a barley wine.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, syrupy aroma. Malt, honey, fruity, some hops too. Pours like the aroma, looks syrupy. Light copper color. Medium carbonation. MIld frothy head that thins out, but a little hangs around, which for a beer this strong is pretty good. Big and sturdy beer. Lots of malt sweetness. Some fruitiness in there as well. Hops are present, but not dominating as in some of Dogfishís beers. Nice fruity presence from the dates and figs. Finish is warm and soothing. This is a 750 ml bottle, and Iím on my own with it! I hope I can make it to the bottom of the bottle before I hit the floor!