spacemonster (65) - Igo, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff looks great, dark mahogany with a sweet nose. The malts are really smelly/good. The taste is like better than say? totally sweet messes like MM Charley-wine. As good as bigfoot. Not quite the genius of Hog Heaven. Dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins galore. A bit of a cognac hit in the trailing off. Ends like a sweet worn-in fender reverb amp. This is a really good beer. Highly recommended.
k2cr2o7 (65) - SPAIN - DEC 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza tipo Barley Wine. Color marrón oscuro con capa de espuma blanca casi inapreciable, gasificación media. Olor dulce y acaramelado. En boca se nota el alcohol, con toque también acaramelado y con notas a plátano y chocolate. El final es dulzón.
Xenon (64) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First barleywine I’ve had in awhile. Caramel and toffee everywhere. The maltiness is all over this beer. The booziness is apparent at all times as well. I normally prefer some more hop flavor to my barleywines, but this one is smooth and well balanced with the sweeter malts it carries. Not very roasty at all. I like it, but partly because I also really like barleywines
lelisboa (62) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(My first barley wine, so excuse me for my novice interpretation on this style).
It pours a dark amber brown color. Thin beige head with almost no lacing on the glass surface.
It smells a strong mix of sweet malts and resin hops. You feel both almost at the same level, no kidding. Thus, sweetness in general, caramel, burnt sugar, probably some dark fruits along with hops popping out in a good carrousel. Alcohol is present too.
It tastes roasted malt, toffee, sugarcane, resiny and oily hops. Indeed, texture is really oily. I drunk these beer with nutella, chocolate and peanut butter and was such a perfect combination. Cookies go well too. It’s too buttery brew in consistence. Alcohol is subtle despite the high ABV (10.5).
My god, it’s not a beer you must drink all the time, but it goes so well with buttery dessert. Go for it! Overall is a astonishing experience.
CheersBabe (62) - USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with minimal off-white head. Smells like malt and chocolate. The description says hops, I would say that they are hidden by the sweetness, almost tastes sugary. Overall its good, not too exciting.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown, very fine bubbles in head... looks much like a Guinness. Floralish nose. Nice, complex fouthfeel, creamy. Some chocolate malt taste, then the alcohol comes on strong. A bit too sweetish. For this gravity, could use a lot more hops, but overall one of their better bres I've had.
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’12 bottle...Rich mahogany fill with small off-white head settling to rim hugging elegant band. Intial aroma reminds me of toast slathered with apple butter dolloped with caramel. Toffied flavors continue on sticky palate. ABV threaded hoppiness weaves without oppressing, serving to headbutt any cloy. Very tasty.....anxious to see what rewards some cellar time will grant.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured aggressivly into a glass. Resulted in a nice head for a big beer which held up well.
The color are exceptional, or interesting depending on how you look at it. Dark cloudy, with almost a purple hue, offset by the light color of the foam.
The smell is what you would expect from a big beer, strong malty heavy fruits (plum, cherry).
I was a little lost on the taste, at almost room temp. There was not as much complexity in the flavor as I would like, and the flavor was dominated by a very sweet malt and not much else. I could feel the alcohol in the middle, and light hoppiness on the back end.
Nice robust mouthfeel, as expected from a big beer.
Not bad, but there are better choices.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber-red with average amount of white head. Aroma is malt and caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet with fruity touch. Medium body, Oily texture with light carbonation. Finish feel is light alcoholic.
specksnreds (55) - USA - JUL 10, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty good. Lacks the balance of some other BW’s, but good none the less. A little too bitter and flat in the palate. Great aroma and appearance. Nice mouth feel.