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.
dutchtuga (144) - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.