BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice ruby red with a slight tinge of gold. The pour rendered about a quarter inch of white head. Beautiful lacing!
A big nose of caramelized sugars, sweet malt, fruit, raisons, booze, honey. This beer smells awesome!
The taste is great, sweet and malty with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. I get honey, grape, strawberry, raspberry, a bit of chocolate, and some booze.
The feel is silky and warm, oh so good... The carbonation on this 07 brew is sitting really nice, it is medium, but the way it blends with the silky smooth feel makes this elixir exciting and subtle at the same time.
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(1/5/13) A - a beautiful coppery orange.
S - Sweet. Tons of sweetness. Right away itís got me thinking of a sweet white wine instead of a beer. Dark fruit, citrus, and orange peel dominate the nose with the orange peel adding some acidity.
T - Sweet and fruity. The nose was a great preview of the taste. Tons of sweetness and citrus. Hints of orange peel bitterness carry the finish. I am loving the taste of this brew.
M - Chewy, almost syrupy, and nice and warming.
O - What a wonderful brew. This being only my second barleywine ever, I still do not know the style that well, but this was just amazing. Great sweetness. A nice smooth alcohol warmness. The, wait let me check, 15% alcohol - really? damn, this brew could get me in trouble - the 15% is hidden really well and doesnít dominate the brew with booziness. I loved this brew fresh. I can only imagine what some time in the cellar would do for it.
Gluepot (75) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Nose is complex, as you would hope at the alcohol level -- apricots, prunes, brown sugar, a medicinal effect and dark fruit are featured. The body is rich, with taste highlights including alcohol warmth, dark fruit, prunes, dates and apricots, sweet bready malt and a Dogfish-head-traditional hint of vanilla. In the conversation for the best large beer I have ever sampled.
krumbum (533) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The drinking directions on this bottle was the inspiration for us burying a box of 6 beers for a year which we dug up and drank and then buried 12 more for next year. This was a caramel brown frothy but quick fading head. Huge smell of dried fruit, figs, dates leather and tobacco. Tastes like black liquorice with sweet finish. Second bottle was a clear reddish amber with a much stronger taste.
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 2009 bottle on 5/15/10 - about seven months old... very young... needs more time as indicated by my previous rating. Olde School pours a deep yellow out of the bottle and settles into a deep orange glow in the snifter with a rocky bubbly white head. The nose is filled with sweet fruit, light caramel, a touch of citrus and alcohol. As this 15% Barleywine crosses my tongue, I feel a generous hop presence scrapping my palate, while lighter sweet fruits float to the top of the mouth. The sweet malts almost drip sugar onto the back of the mouth. While young, Olde School brings lots of sugar and sweet candy notes forward with a twinge of alcohol. The hops are also very prevalent and intensify the experience. There is a big crisp apple infused finish with more sugar and alcohol on the back end... Olde School is a powerful and very enjoyable Barleywine while young, but with time it only gets more dynamic and more delicious. Drink 1, cellar the rest.
2007 bottle on 12/12/09. pours a deep copper with a 1/4" white head... big sweet aroma filled with candi sugar, deep fruit notes and a touch of apple... the alcohol has really left the nose after 2 years... medium body with port like qualities... raisins, figs, other dark fruits mixed with a touch of wood. strong finish with a small alcohol presence and more figs. this one is doing well....
í07 bottle. this one will kick you in your head.... the 15% abv is evident from the aroma to the finish.... but not overly so. A very strong Barley Wine and a much different Barley Wine than Iím used to. I think this one is absolutely wonderful and enchanting. It warms you up real quick... pours a deep red with virtually no head or carbonation.... much like a spirit. You can smell the aroma right out of the bottle before itís even poured... Once poured, there are aromas of fruits, alcohol and caramel. Thin to medium body that unleashes itís various flavors on the palate... a slight alcohol bite on the finish rounds this one off. An instant favorite.... too bad I canít buy it in my state (GA - lame alcohol limit laws)...
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73
Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.
Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.
Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.
Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.
Overall: Exactly what I paid for ó not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison dí extra. Iíd have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.
johnmal85 (3) - , Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is balanced, yet promiscuous as it dances across the unique scents of the malt, and various fruit used in the brewing/conditioning process. Pours a hazy orange-reddish brown, with a thin head which quickly fades into a film. The flavor begins with a sweetness, which is quickly shoved away with a malty must, and then finished by a sourness. The mouth feel is nice. This beer is not too thick, nor thin. It has just the right amount of bubbling, which happens to be light. I am not a fan of over/under-carbonated beers... but for this style, the carbonation is perfect. After partaking into about 6 ounces of this clever brew... I find myself pleasantly buzzed, canít wait to finish it.
whartonbrewer (39) - San Franciso, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautifully clear, with little to no head. Aroma is of figs and dates. Wonderful old cask smell lingers as well. Wonderfully smooth on the palate. A true treat!
jimhilt (2436) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a two-finger, bubbly cream head that fades quickly and leaves some lace. Pale, cloudy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is raisins and alcohol, finishes smooth and sweet NOT a session beer . . . savor this beer. This is one of the best barley wines brewed in the States. $16.49 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA
Winedude (6) - Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old world in its dried fruit, white grape and citrus peel flavors but new world in what is a great hoppy finish. 15% alcohol is buried beneath a rich mouthfeel and íumamií bitter-sweet finish. Great beer and would pair well with roast fowl. 4.5/5