Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, pale apricot color, slim-to-none head.
Aroma: fiery fruit, not terribly forward, either, just rather naked with the alcohol, accompanied by hints of peach, orange, cherry...and booze.
taste: boom! A blitz of boozalicious rough fruity flavor, ...very warming, and a bit punishing, as well...this is not a delicate affair, in the least. Over the top and out of the stratosphere. Not sure why itís called "Olde School", this a newfangled Sturm Und Drang. Stings quite a bit on the palate, too, with an unfavorable flavor. Rather thin in body for all the boom-shak-a-lacka it brings in the mouth. Something this bold with the booze should really have a beefier body to match the lashing liquor. As it is, way too hot.
Iím going to chase this with a Bellís Third Coast Old Ale to reassociate my tongue with a real barleywine.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy burnt umber, with a tiny tannish head. The nose is largely vinous, with a vinegar finish, more subtle tone of hops and sugar can faintly be noticed. That taste is also vinous with an astringent finish. A good barley wine, but I have had better, though this style leaves room for allot interpretation.
danhitch (17) - USA - DEC 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured amber (kind of pale for a barley wine) with a thin off-white head. The aroma was strange. It kind of smelt like vinegar and dried fruit, not all that pleasant. The taste had notes of oak, vanilla, dried fruit, a little bit of a smoky flavor, as well as a little bit of alcohol. Overall not that great of a barley wine in my opinion. However, I could see the potential for the flavors in this beer to meld together better with age.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
not really great.........yet anyways. I think in some time this will turn out to be a truly great barleywine. But as for now, its overwhelmed with alchol, and has few attributes of a barelywine. Taste was full of that 15% everybodyís raving abut, with a sweet syrupy taste to it. as well as a dark fruits (figs, raisins). Overall not a favorite, but like mentioned, it easily could turn into something special.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Botlle. Pours a bright amber with no head. Smells very beery for a barleywine. Tastes of wood and vanilla and alcohol punch (15%) stays with you on each sip. Too watery for balance and to offset high alcohol content. I expected more from this.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish golden color with virtually no carbonation. Maybe this is a bit young, but thereís not a lot of flavor here as far as I can tell. Iím having a hard time really discerning much of anything. Just not real good.
bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had Old Guardian by Stone followed by this. For a $7 12oz bottle I expected an amazing bouquet of thick flavors, making the 15% taste like nothing. I expected a wonderfully thick, sweet treat on my tastebuds. Oh boy was I wrong. This tastes like pure alcohol. The body is of a Dogfish Head: very good. But it tastes like crap. Seriously. Maybe I havnít acquired a taste for this type of barelywine, but I could barely get it down. I understand making a 15% beer palatable isnít an easy task, but it tastes like they didnít even try. If you want a barelywine that is actually drinkable, I suggest Old Horizontal by Victory or Old Guardian by Stone.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a cloudy tan/copper color with a medium sized head and a nice lasting ring of foam. Aroma is promising when compared to what follows in the finish. I get a sense of dates, soured pears and apples, a little caramel and brown sugar, and a lot of alcohol. Itís nice and inviting and highly aromatic. Taste shows some nice sweetness, but itís fairly simply and caramelly. Some nice raisins and rum in the there and a little earthy, buttery hop flavor. Unfortunately this is freakin HOT. I had this before, but gave it a couple months and nope, itís still way too hot. I agree with the rater who said it tastes like you just had a vodka shot. The alcohol disrupts the flavor upfront, and burns the throat so you canít really enjoy anything else the finish offers. I love DFH usually, I mean I rated the 120 and WWS 5ís, just because I enjoyed them so much. But this is totally dissapointing. Why is this twice as hot as the 120 minute? Guh......
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a medium-sized, short-lived, ivory-colored head.
Smell: Dusty dry malts with some candy syrup hints and notes of dried apricots and figs. Waft of booze.
Taste: More of a sugary candy taste than maltiness. Stray pinch of cinnamon. The special conditioning does bring a juicy fruitiness. All that harsh alcohol looming over the flavor. Hot, sugary finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: No thanks. Perhaps this one does temper a bit after being BURIED ALIVE, but as it stands now I just didnít care for it.
joeneugs (2623) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was another weird one for me. It pours an opaque orange brown color with almost no head. It reminds me of apple cider. The aroma is of orange, banana, fig, and alcohol. It tastes like a cocktail. Orange, banana, apple, dried apricots stand out with notes of fig as well. Very strong alcohol reminds me of brandy or rum. Super honey sweet. With the sweetness and high alcohol content, make sure you can share the bottle with at least one other person. After about four ounces, it began to taste pretty gross. Interesting beer though.