hammerbeck (101) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2007
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Undrinkable. I’m supposed to stretch this out to 75 characters, but there’s not much else I can say beyond "bad." Nasty, thick, alcholically too hot, acidic.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours in dark brown with some red around the edges. Thick head. Strong aroma of caramel, slightly sweet, some alcohol too. The flavor is caramel some hop bitterness, well balanced and moderate. The mouthfeel is medium full with some pronounced warming from the ABV. Good balance creates a nice beer, not as exciting as some but still quality.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was good. Better than a lot of B-wines I’ve had, but certainly not the best. Good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops.
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber brown pour from the bottle. Little to no head. Aroma is fruits up front with raisins, black cherries, and figs.Tastes of spices and sugary sweetness. In the middle is the strong alcohol taste.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, burnt wood brown. Banana on the nose, some other fruit, and alcohol. flavor is just off, nothing like a good barley wine should be. Weak
welho (93) - FINLAND - AUG 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle. Pours dark amber with very small head that was gone in seconds. Tastes is like malts, alcohol, fruits. Nice beer for coming cold nights.
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep dark red with a creamy tan head. Smells of barley, and some chocolate. Taste is smooth, malty caramel, and a little liqourice hops edge and chocolate. Ends with a nice level of bitterness, warming alcohol and smooth chocolate/caramel malt. Very good.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, cloudy amber, small head. Little to no lacing or carbonation. Aroma and flavor of sweet malt, licorice and sweet, tart fruits.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
complex stuff, little brown head, choco / molasses flavours, acl kept under control
beeratarian (88) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from a 7 oz. bottle a nice medium brown with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is of sweet dried cherry and alcohol, a little smokiness< nice aroma. Taste is of fresh cherries and slightly smoky and roasty in the finish. Smooth finish and overall but lacking some kick. Overall the palate is thin for the %, definately taste alcohol, could be a great beer if it had some more malt body and piney hops. Worth the 99 cents for a 7 oz. bottle.