Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 16, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
What stood out most was the huge carbonation which i didnt care for much.Alcohol hidden quite well. Not to bad.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 vintage-very smooth but lots of flavor without the overpowering alcohol
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big toffee, chocolate and caramel nose. Nice fluffy head that slips into some lacing. Taste is sweetness like caramel, toffee and a hint of chocolate. Just a tad bit of coconut. Solid
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Much darker than I was expecting, not a lot of head, and no lacing. Sweet, slightly pruney aroma with just a whiff of chocolate. These impressions carry through to the flavor, where a coffee tang joins in. Seems overly sweet, and needs more hopping. The vinous character makes me think more of an impy stout, but it doesn’t quite get there either. Might be worth aging, but it probably won’t become a better barleywine.
scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Surprising Barley Wine ale with licorice malts. A heavy body is combined with a dark head aroma of chocolate and the oats make the taste not a traditional Barley Wine, making this beer an original. Not as good as I expected.
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First time trying a barley wine, so nothing to compare it to. Pours a reddish brown with little/no head. Smells like Twizzlers and alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, licorice, alcohol, and barley. Very sweet, and from what I have read it might be better with some years on it. Just ehh for me.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, molasses and malt. Tastes of wood and rasin/citrus. The alcohol is warming, great beer for this raining day.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle at Pop the Cap fundraiser. I’m not a huge fan of barleywines, but this is probably my favorite of the ones I’ve had. It isn’t so overwhelmingly sweet or malty. Looking forward to more once NC gets past its antiquainted beer laws.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol".
i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well-executed BW. Flying Dog has disappointed me in the past but this is great. Man, big fragrance, lots of malt, if you kill it you’re missing out.