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!
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.
mecafilo (129) - Perugia, ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours with a very dark red colour, small medium lasting off-white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with complex notes of caramel, fruit, nuts, and softly hoppy. Taste is heavy sweet, soft bitter. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly murky deep reddish brown, with close to no head. The nose is mild with hints of caramel, and a dash of hops, and dark fruit. The flavor follows in suit, and masks the alcohol well. Overall a good brew, but fairly different for this style.
japi (125) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark amber coloured beer with a thin, off-white head, that mostly disappeared. The aroma is fruity, dark dried fuity, malty - like bread, with hint of cascade hop’s citrus aromas and dark sugar. The taste is very sweet. The texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Immediately I was alerted to the huge presence of carbonation in this brew. I barely poured out half the bottle before I had to stop and wait for the absolutely huge head to die off. Anyways, decent dark malt aroma, with a little mustiness thrown in. Taste was very malty with little hints of anise and licorice. I certainly was reminded of the liquer Sambuca. The licorice flavors seemed to work well at hiding the huge alcohol presence, and it was masked very well. I didn't think this was 10.5% until about 30 minutes after drinking. Finished with enough hops to give a nice contrast to all the malts. Carbonation was evident in the finish unfortunately. I think aging could do a lot for this beer.
BagerPL (123) - - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lepsze ni? nogne barley wine. Stonowana alkoholowosc i goryczka. Lekko owocowy aromat.
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured to glass. Roasted malt aroma and citrusy hops to balance it. Deep redish/brown hue with an average white head. Heavily roasted Malt flavor and moderatly hopped to balcnce. Fairly lond after taste to follow. Turns slightly acidic at the finish.
Agaguk (122) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Pyrozoid, French Tickler and Grand Genie. Pours a brown reddish appearrance with an off white bubblely head. Aroma: maple, grapes, toffee, vanilla, alcohol (rhum), black olives, candy sugar, and cream soda. Flavor: molasses, alcohol, ginger, peppery, cinnimon and licorice. Medium to full body, average carbonation, silky with an alcohol peppery finish.
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Ahh opened up the snow season with this one, hard to describe it in a delicate manner however I did enjoy it’s inherent complexity during a slow plow through snow soaked roads on the way up to some shred of the pow.
Sante brothers and sisters Sante!