Diablokev (149) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is sweet and of bubble gum, and fruity hints. The appearance is a deep amber with a massive off white head. The flavor is malty and slightly fruity, a bit liek wine I guess. The beer goes down a bit thick, but is easy to drink. Overall the first of this type for me, so I have nothing to compare to, but I liked this one.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Tan head. Sweet malty aroma. A fair amount of hops mixed in with the sweet malty flavor. Very syrupy on the palate. Pretty good barleywine.
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, dark with reddish glow, bitter, chocolate, alcohol. nice beer! will not become my favourite, but quite a nice brew.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.
Pours a deep mahogany color with a very faint tan-colored head that quickly dissolves into a fine ring around the glass. Aroma is dominated with dried fruits and accompanied with some toasty malts and a little booze. Flavors has plenty of sticky malt and dried raisins. Not much alcohol is detected in the flavor but the flavors do stop short. Its a full to medium bodied beer and has a light carbonation. Decent Barleywine.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I smelled this, I was concerned that it was too hoppy. I was wrong to think this, because the flavor is awesome! Just the right amount of hops. The aroma IS a bit too cloyingly alcohol, though. This has a dark brown/black appearence, The thick thick head disperses quickly, but it then settles into a nice medium. I love this, because it has a full body, but then what should you expect from a barley wine? The flavor is great! I detect some citrus, plums and alcohol. When I go to the liquor store, I’ll look for more from Flying Dog!
joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, 4-pack sampler. This is my first barley wine -- not sure what to expect . . . Pours a dark amber, with orange copper tints. Little beige head, disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet malts - some caramel, licorice, a hint of fortified wine. I taste some Manischewitz Concord grape wine, barley malt, a hint of leather, and some earthy hops to balance. The alcohol is well masked; to be honest, I could sense it more with my nose (a slight twinkle of fume) than with my tongue, though the alcohol leaves a trace of its presence on the palate. Low carbonation that sits about right. Quite decent, a good introduction, but nothing that’s going to send me on a quest for more any time soon.
kpresley77 (146) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours dark copper with little to no head. Aroma is very mild with hints of raisin and alcohol. First taste is sweet fruit then alcohol and hops take over. Finish is dry with some hops burn but alcohol is definately present. Just not my style.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgundy brown, rich tan head. This beer is opaque, and a touch hazy in its ethereal darkness. Nose of cooking caramel and hop reduction creating a nose sauce which sets my mouth to watering. Wow, this is highly drinkable. Balanced for a barley wine, it is big and bold yet subtly fruity and easy at the same time. Melon, apple and dark fruit notes about, all wrapped in a molasses, hops blanket of alcohol warmth. Great barley wine.
lembeek (143) - ITALY - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rosso-ambrato, con schiuma non molto persistente. Aroma di malto, caramello, vino passito. Nel palato dolce, oleosa, equilibrata.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head (high alchohol content). Very weak malty aroma of caramel and raisin. Flavor is better - nice balance of sweet malt with bitter hops, with notes of coffee, molasses, figs, and almonds. Lacks complexity of the Belgian barley wines however, and it is fairly thin on the palate.