jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Pours a weird hazy dark orange/red/brown color with a light brown head that doesn’t stick too much. A light malt/chocolate/roasty aroma mixed with some banana, red wine, licorice, and alcohol. Moderate sweet flavor and light bitterness with a dash of alcohol on the throat. Longer finish that I would have liked. The bitterness hides then shows up with a spark.
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! I bought this just because it was something I hadn’t sampled from my local store. Holy crap. I am blown away by this. I just finished brewing my first homebrew, smelling something totally different a honey ale with extra light notes, cascade hops, etc. So this was kind of night to my homebrew’s day. Pours a really rich ruby color. Nice very light head. Very complex aromas Hard to single out aromas as they are equal malt/hops, nothing stands out. The complexity continues to the flavors, wonderful mingling of malt, hop, sweet to bitterness. This has firmed up my thoughts that barley wine is one of my favorite cold weather beers.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber. Caramel, some citrus a little sweet. Not a real complex beer that is needing something more. As it warms the alcohol is very noticable.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red pour with a thin head. Sour, Flemish notes in the nose, with the standard barleywine brown sugar aroma. Decent flavor of sugar and alcohol, with dark fruit, some roasted malt flavor, and coffee. Nicely complex for a barleywine that gets no respect. I like it.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma of sweet roasted malts. Flavor is a little bland compared to the aroma. Still pretty damn good beer.
shackinetics (132) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an interesting cloudy red brown with minimal cream-colored head. Sweet malty chocolate bouquet. Chocolate and raisin flavors with a light touch of vinegar. Moderately viscus mouth feel. Pretty solid, but not very session-able.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Flying Dog pub 9/27/06. Pours a dark amber, clear with a thick tan head. Aroma is really strong maltiness with hints of alcohol. Body is thick. Flavor is strong maltiness with some dark fruit and raisins. Finishes very clean. Overall, very surprised....I’ve had this a few times before and wasn’t impressed. Only got this bottle because I was with someone who wanted to try it. Not sure if it’s the freshness or the batch, but very enjoyable, very nice beer.
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet and candylike. There is little head. The flavor is sweet with hints of grape. There is a nice oaky finish with some alcohol warmth. Not my favorite barleywine but tasty nonetheless!
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. No head but some carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is candied raisins and sugar with a big dose of alcohol. The taste is very bold and upfront with sweetness and a nasty out of balance hops and alcohol lashing at the end. I love big beers but this ones flavor profile seems totally out of whack. I probably should have let it age for awhile. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Nice and smooth and creamy with a great coating effect. Not a barley wine I will buy again.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber. The nose is a very strong cabernet with subtle notes of malt. Comes across the palate with a semi-sweet cabernet flavor with a bitter after taste, your palate eventually adjusts so its not so bitter.