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.
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.
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.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
7oz bottle, dark amber with a thin off-white head. Sweet, fruity with a mild hop taste. A decent barley wine.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice barley wine on tap. dark mahogony brown. nice frothy tan head. You can taste the alcohol a little... but what do you expect from a barley wine. Full of flavor, but well balanced. Sweet smooth, a little hops for balance, and notes of roasted coffee.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep reddish brown. With little to no head. Nose is very fruity with a pleasant bannana aroma with a spicey hop punch. Flavor is again fruity with more bannana and a mild hop bitterness. Not overwhelming, a very mild barley wine.
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a vintage 2003B bottle, this is a deep, dark amber color, pretty thick and syrupy coming from the bottle. The aroma was like wine: with grape/raisin and alcohol most noticeable. The flavor starts with some hoppy bitterness followed by fruity and wine tastes, and finishes with some nice alcohol warmth. Enjoyable.
dutchtuga (135) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice flying dog. Pours dark black and leaves a taste with hints of raisin, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Great.