dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle via Capones split with my bro-in-law. Poured a thick full reddish brown with an average sized full foamy beige head. Aroma is the best part of this beer, notes of honey, molassess, toffee, caramel, dry wood. Body is full, syrupy, soft carbonation and very dry from the midpoint to the swallow. Flavor of dry molasses, caramel, wood, dry sugary and some dried fruits. Good stuff but although the flavor drops off the aroma is amazing.
libertine (159) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a very cloudy amber-red.nice tan head and tons of lacing.aroma is very comple,.floral and sweet.raisins,grapefruit,anise,toast and caramel.flavors are matching the aroma.alchohol is present and warming.medium bodied.heavy carbonation a fizzy mouthfeel.leaves a long bitter finish.this is a very hoppy barley wine.complex in aroma and flavor and mixing malt and hops wonderfully.i bought this on a whim a believed it was probably overpriced but its worth every dime.
maley1 (552) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with small quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel and pine. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, hoppy bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, high ABV. Not bad but not memorable.
Gerbeer (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from 16th St. Pours a red brown with light persistent head. Beautiful barley wine aroma of caramel, citrus, roast malts, and sour fruit. Sweet brown sugar and toffee flavors with a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Bitter finish though still some lingering sugar. Great.
NikkTwist (1232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Eulogy. Very dark black amber pour. Small but lacey head. Thick dark sweet body. Lots of pine flavor - almost turpentine. Deep dark resin notes. Molasses. Pitch black burned sugar at the bottom of the pot. Heavy alcohol. Tastes flammable. Potent. Very dark barleywine.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber/mahogany. Aroma of rum soaked fruit, toffee, pine. Taste is pretty hoppy, mostly bitter pine resin, dark fruit sweetness, lots of malt body. Pretty hefty stuff.
daleharshman (826) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased fourteen months ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($9.99). Pours a lovely dark auburn hue with one finger of light tan head. Aroma of pine forest, sticky citrus, sweet caramel, and earthy herbs. Flavor of thick resiny hops with notes of grapefruit peel and herbs followed by a significant maltiness with notes of toffee, brown sugar, stewed dark fruits, and whiskey. Flavor improves as it warms. Finishes with a small amount of caramel sweetness. High booze level is generally well hidden here. Interesting and tasty barley wine...did not realize that this was so hop-forward or I might have opened it sooner (though it is now nicely balanced between the hops and malts). (352, 683)
jmdr (8) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very full, complex malty taste with a long, lingering hops aftertaste. Great, almost oily, mouthfeel.
polomagnifico (1144) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, pine, resin, grass, caramel and toasted malts. Very dark red amber hue with an average off-white head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very hoppy Barley Wine that gets much better as it warms. The hops detract from this beer now but with a year or two of aging it should be killer. Just a little too hot right now.
anderson01 (198) - Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, dark ruby red in color. Thick, frothy head with Constallation lacing. Aroma consist of licorice, alcohol, and a.hint of cherry. Taste like hard alcohol. It really does taste like cheap whiskey. Medium carbonation with a sticky texture. It has a long hard alcohol finish which kind of turns me away from this beer. If I wanted hard alcohol I would have had a shot. Not for me.