cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes, growler at CDC tasting. Pours out a nice deep copper/amber hue. Aromas are dark fruits, earthy, leathery, some must, malty. Palate is pretty balanced ripping hops up front with a slightly sweet finish. I really want this one to age, I think this over time would be one of the best in its category.
Maxbier (444) - Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Red Clarksville. Medium brown pour with thin off white/tan head. Dank hop aroma (good start). Taste starts out bitter hop and sticky toffee malt. Strong alcohol presence (as a barley should have). Could drink this all night if it would put me to sleep.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with little head, nice light copper color.very drinkable barleywine. Low bitterness on the front head with pleasant aroma on the finish. Tastes very pleasant green reminds me of the ganj, or so I’ve been told ;) I could drink several of these in one sitting. As a barleywine, this one is a bit lacking in body and malt for some BA’s but I will definitely pick up more of this next time I visit friends in DC.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of sweet spruce and citrus hops. Pours a medium brown color with a small white head. Taste is dominated by citrus hops, pine, caramel sweetness, and the perfect amount of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with low carbonation. This is an outstanding barley wine - one of my favorites. Very enjoyable.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Very smooth and seductive.Smells like a nice west-coast style but lighter.Looks very appealing/hazy ruby dark red.The taste is a tad watery for the style yet very enjoyable and flavorful.Not too much of anything...the buzz is quality.The palate is too smooth for such a devil of a beer(doesen't surprise me)teases of chocolate and some nice hops.Eaisier than most barley wines.Very much like the Old horizontal.Excellent!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7/24/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of ScottVacula 7/24/04. Dark auburn color, hazy. Thin whisp of a head with lumpy lacing. Clumps of sediment throughout the glass. Full, sweet caramel aroma, big and fruity. Flavor is darkly bitter, somewhat roasty, with autumn sweetness and sap. A bit harsh but very good. Full body with a smooth finish to a big crescendo of hoppy, dark twigs. I’d love to try this after a year or two of aging.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy brown with little to no head at all. Aroma is caramel malts, brown sugar, dry fruits and vanilla. Flavor is not quite what I was expecting from the aroma. light caramel malts, wood and brown sugar. Light bodied with little to no carbonation.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one during the sampler, too. Not a big fan of the barleywine style brew, however, this one seemed decent. Not much more to comment about since I don’t have too much experience with Barleywine style brews. Complex character with a rich body and flavor.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009: pours dark ruby/mahogany with a teafroth off-white head. nose is heavy pine, candied plum, brown sugar. flavor is a powerful blend of pine, spicy and sticky sweet hops, brown sugar, raisin, brandy, candied plum, and dark cherry. aftertaste is long, bitter, and even with a nice balance of spicyu hops and brown sugar malt sweetness. visocus, thick, awesome. this is the brew that got me into beer...I thought I had rated it a few years ago, but apparently i didn’t.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body, off-white head. Mild grape and alcohol aroma. A little heavy on the sweetness side. Enjoyable.