VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick and rich and incredibly hopped barley wine, ala Bigfoot. A little syrupy and cloying when warmer but the only solution to that is to sip quicker. Well made brew.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 A well made beer. I agree, can be syrupy, but the presentation is great in a big broad wine goblet. Lots of hops. have to try it again. Rerate.
2002. I think theyve worked this beer out very well. I see hardly any syrupy presence, just a strong, hoppy barleywine that goes down well. I suppose to be constructive, could use some more complex flavors, as this is your basic tons of malted barley and hops, with that characteristic plum/cherry/raisin taste.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
8oz pour from tap @ Pony Bar with RickyRicardo and Michalove. First time sampling this brewery and glad I did! I got uber excited when I saw this was 12.5% bombshell. Surprisingly the alcohol was so amazingly hidden, went down incredibly smooth and very compliant. Ultra well balanced Barley Wine... pwn3d my face too.
Sammy (7717) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the brewpub with the brewer, Tim Butler. Aged 18 months, this was a balance of fruitiness, the hops and barley and pale English malts were well integrated. Hops lent grapefruit and overall citrus Peachy colour and lacey. Average mouthfeel.
hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap (goblet) at the brewpub Fri Feb 3 w Ronnee. Pours dark brown/purple. Rich, with dried fruits (mostly raisin) and a warming alcohol character on the way down. Gritty and grainy.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating from 2002: As clarkvv mentioned, they had a nice presentation in a large goblet. Very hoppy aroma followed by sweet alochol. Lots of maltly taste, stong alcohol, some raisin, pretty decent.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed orange amber barley wine with a thin white head. A nice woody vinous aroma, with treacle and caramel, a bit of herbal hops. In mouth, a nice yet light barley wine, with good vinous molassey malt, light British hops, medium bodied. On tap at brewpub, Oct. 25 2009.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, very sweet and malty, pretty strong! Has a bit of a bite to it. Goes down deceptively easy. Doesn't sit so well if you drink it too quickly though. Sip it and savor it.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Clear brown/amber with some off white head. Aroma is almost all fruit with some watermelon, apple, citrus, sweet, and some malt, a touch of hops but not much. Light sourness on the palate, more fruit. Some warmth on the back of the throat from the high alcohol (12.5%). interesting, not your typical barley wine.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RnH during the Lagunitas night. Pours a deep amber with no head. Aroma is light sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is decent with notes of alcohol, sweet malts, bitter hops.