MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Caramelized sugars with dark fruits and moderate spiciness in aroma. Clear deep ruby amber with small white head. Sweet with nice warming. Moderate dark fruits and caramelized sugars with robust spicy bitterness. Full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet and spicy.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks!! Pours brown in color with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of hops, gelatin, rye bread, and licorice. Yes, please.
bvc (1229) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz waxed cap, thanks riverpimp! Clear deep amber. Caramel, golden raisins, brown sugar, phelonic fruits. Sticky, creamy feel with spicy finish. Light dried dark fruit, sweet malt and nice spicy dry finish. So well put tgether and really enjoyable for me. Thanks Alex for bringing this!
JoeTheYounger (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from fear025. Clear copper golden color with thin white head. Sweet sugars and malt. Taste is malt yet sweet with caramel. Nice creamy body. Good stuff.
Steasy66 (1114) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel color. Small white head. Spicy rye and toffee aroma. Flavor is nice, spicy rye, some toffee. Drinks like a young barleywine even though its a few years old. Good but not great.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, yellow waxed bottle courtesy of drunkenpolack. thanks, dave! pours a hazy, reddish mahagony with a thick, rocky, beige head and nice lacing. aroma is great with sweet, perfumy hops, caraway seeds, rye crusts, and raw pine backed by hints of dry earth, berries, and orange zest. flavor is damn nice as well with spicy, toasted rye, heavy pine esters, and slightly sweet citrus hop notes backed by light caramel malts and a touch of vinous fruit. palate is full bodied, sticky, and crisp on the palate with a light, herbal, toasted finish. overall, a damn nice barley wine and i’ve got to get my hands on the barrel-aged version.
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to Homus123456. Pours a dark brown, maybe red. Aroma of caramel, sugar, yummy. Surprinshly smooth, taste yummy.
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homo321. Deep dark brown reddish color. Aroma of caramel and boost. Caramel, light body, toffee, mild boost flavor. Boost level check in 6.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours brown with a small tan had. Aroma is of rye, malt, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is actually pretty big on the rye. There is also lots of dark fruit, sugar, spice, and caramel. Very dry malt base evens the beer out. As it warms, more raisin starts to come through. Lingering taste of rye and dark fruit. Very light, creamy mouthfeel. It’s boozy, but not in a bad way. I really liked this beer.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of pittsburghkid, thanks man! nice wax job, been seeing some weak wax jobs lately. nnice spicy rye armoa, lots of caramel. nice flavor, well balanced, spicy, sweet, dry, nice. body is great, finish is excellent, downed 22 to myself in no time.