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 donít 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 didnít.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear dark crimson with a little foam. Aroma has some hops, with a strong sweet malt mixed in almost perfectly. The taste is heavy on sweet bread dough, with the strong bittering hops coming in quite strong. This is definitely a hot barleywine. Could do well with age but also great if you want some bite. The finish has a light alcohol burn to it, but itís very also quite sweet.
Odde (306) - 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.
AxlLives (287) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours golden orange crimson with small, mostly disappearing head. No real lacing. Orange, vanilla, apricots on the nose. Taste is golden raisin, slight orange, maple vanilla, finishing with round citrus bitterness. Creamy palate with nice long finish. Good warmer.
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012.02.22 - On tap at Always Ronís. Light to medium copper color. Very sticky head which stays wherever it has touched. Taste is pretty good, seems like a quite hoppy flavor yet smooth and controlled, not overbearing.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a maple syrup red with a small off-white head. Wonderful sweet caramel aroma with a wealth of spices and light pine hops. Very full flavor and mouth feel. The sweet caramel is well complimented by an oaky undertone, and a smooth, spicy hop finish rounds out a wonderfully balanced beer. No hint of the ABV except a pleasant warming in the stomach. Excellent!
devilben02 (277) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle with a sparkling, clear, almost pinkish medium brown color, but almost no head. The aroma is disappointingly muted, with only a mild grainy sweetness and a light pine character being discernable. The flavor is more forward, with woody hops being balanced against subtly sweet caramel malts. Itís not too boozy or sweet as many barley wines can get, and rather just provides a full balance of flavors. The medium body and light carbonation further help this one from getting too syrupy. Overall, despite being comparatively mellow for a 10% barley wine, the rich flavors one would expect still come through.
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like candy. Some jackass is smoking next to me so it also smells terrible. My hands are cold as I am outside. Initial sweet taste, a bit bitter, but it cleverly disguises the alcohol. Not bad, but not as good as you guys think it is. Teenie glass is a cute gimmick.