Ratman197 (12660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange-brown color, with a small off-white head.It has a nose of raisins and molasses. Thick smooth palate. Flavor is sweet malt with toffee and raisins. Finishs with a bitterness I cant place.
BeerandBlues2 (11715) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy mahagoney with a ruby tint and no head, with the exception being some slow rising bubbles congregating on top of the brew and at the glass edge. Complex malty and hoppy aroma with raisins, lots of caramel and toffee notes, and a pleasant sweet chocolate nose. Flavor is very hoppy starting out, followd by an intense dry hop finish, yet the caramel malts find their way in between the hops. Warm and full bodied palate that finishes progressingly spicy as the beer leaves your mouth.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Small head with a hazy brown body. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy caramel with no head. Nose and flavor are malt, toffee and a rye like influence. Creamy mouthfeel.
rougeau13 (2468) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Bottle from brewery. Opaque medium brown with a small, but lasting, off-white head. Aroma of figs, figs, and more figs, caramel, molasses and slight hops. The flavor, again, is full of figs, sweet, but not too much so. Full bodied and a bit creamy. The first two sips I wasn’t sure, but after that it was quite enjoyable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub.<br.Pours a deep amber with a nose of deep, boozy molasses and plumb/raisin malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, raisin, molasses, and a funky sour note in the finish. Oily on the tongue. Not bad but the sour fruit finish doesn’t work.
drjay44 (3268) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thin poorly retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark copper (SRM 20) body.....nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, dreid fruits....taste is malt sweetness, with dried fruits including, raisin, fig, plum tones, some light pineapple, finishing with a moderate pine citrus peel bitterness......mouth feel, chewy, with a heavy thick body, sticky, alcohol warmth, with slight fusel tones, carbonation low with a mild acid finish. This is obviously an American Barley Wine with American hops. It is hop forward, with almost balancing malt strength resulting in a near balance of strengths. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewpub. Pours very dark amber with some beige/tan bubbles. Dark fruit, almost prune, aromas. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar, perhaps a little hop. Overall a bit thinnish and a bit undersweet for a barley wine. But it turns out well.
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle picked up near the brewery in September of 2010, opened March 2011, which assumably makes it the 2009 edition. Faint non-hiss when opened and accompanying mild, almost non-existent carbonation level. Murky red-brown. The aroma is classic Barleywine, deep mollases soaked amber malt. A pretty well executed offering, much better fresh and carbonated I’d bet. As it is it comes off a little like watery honey mead. OK.
slowrunner77 (9208) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"pretty dark pour...nice mahogony color, but also pretty flat. a smooth sipper. definitely on the sweet side...molasses, tobacco, dark fruits. definitely liked it and it could stand up to some of the big boys with some carbonation."