Diablokev (162) - 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.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mohagany and smells of malts and licorice. This is a pleasant barley wine on both the nose and mouth. Alcohol is nicely balanced by sweet malt flavors. nice.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly malty, more hoppy aroma. Dark brown color. Spritzy carbonation, thin tan head. Toffeeish flavor. Malty profile. Root beer like finish. A bit spicy for me, more like a Christmas type beer than a barleywine. If this would be labeled a Christmas beer I think I’d like it more. I just had Bell’s Batch 6000 before this beer, and this pales by comparison.
jwdevalue (158) - Neptune, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is part of a beer club. Had only one bottle but was decent for the price. Poured great and had a nice finish. Would do again.
calm_dreamer (158) - GREECE - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice barley wine with excellent for the style body and smell of grapes and bread. Tastes of grapes and malt. No head at all. Only minus that after some time the alcohol makes a strong appearance.
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was ok for a barley wine which, as I’ve stated before, I’m not a fan of. The aroma is awful Sickening sweet aroma that turns my stomach. Nice dark amber color. The flavor is ok with dark fruit taste. I wouldn’t drink it again.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from 09. Pours a hazy dark brown to dark cherry wood. Notes of sweet and citrus hops, slight breadiness, spicy alcohol, caramel and honey. A medium, sticky body carries some juicy and floral notes but finishes with a bit of a hop bite, some spiciness, warming alcohol and an underlying sticky cider-like feel and a candied apple taste.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is fruity and malty but not real bready like most barleywines. Taste is smooth for something that hasn't aged much. Taste is bready, caramel, plumbs and cherries. A little dry hop at the end. Alcohol is mild. This seems like a rather tame barleywine (which is surprising at 10.5%). I enjoyed it though. There's still enough flavor to make this a very good barleywine IMO. Got another one aging. Let's see.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish-brown color with a very small off-white head that disappears quickly. Nice sweet aroma of dark fruit, toffee and caramel malts. Flavor is very malty with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol with a long, sweet and slightly salty finish. Full-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a pretty good brew, but mediocre as far as barley wines go.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. A bit darker than I’d expect from a barley wine but, when raised to the nose it is all there: sour yeasty bread, fresh grass, spicy cinamon and a bit of fruity banana carried on the warm alcohol notes. So soft and rich in the mouth, it feels far heavier than the taste and aftertaste indicate. And the hops, rather than overpower the rest of the rainbow of flavoursome notes just allow the tongue to carry them on and on. As I said at the start, wow.