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.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Please note that this is my first barlywine I have ever had.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle, vintage 2008, into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. Pours an orange/amber brown with a decent layer of head. Very nice lacing.
Smell is of a dominate licorice and alcohol. Very malty with caramel flavors. The alcohol is present in this beast. The hop and malt balance seems to be pretty good hear. Also, a big carmel flavor.
The drinkability of this brew is alright. I have a feeling I couldn’t handle more than one of these in a single session, because of the high alcohol content. As for it being my first barlywine, it was a fun beer to experience, reminded me slightly of a porter, but I will be only drinking these on occasion.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-09-2008 00:59:25
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Pours thick and gritty with syrupy presence that is a think and amber brown colored. Aroma alittle strong with hints of malty oats and squash. Taste has hints of black licorice and caramel molasses. Looking at the wine through the light I can see large particles in suspension and it just makes this brew so much more appealing. The flavor is very above average and am pleasantly surprised with this brewery. DFefinitely gonna try a few more from here.
Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Impressive!! This is BY FAR the best beer that I have tried out of Flying Dog. Has a very sweet taste with a light amount of carbonation. Swirls of candy-like aroma fill the air as one consumes this. Great to have while one is relaxing and winding down from a hard day. This is on my next shopping list.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 mahogany color.
Aroma: Faint but clean chocolate and fruit.
Taste: Sweet pear, licorice + hops followed by earth carmely malt mid finishing with sweet sticky grogy alchohol chest warming goodness.
procraste (116) - FRANCE - JAN 6, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bière épaisse au goût complexe ( Cerise confite caramélisée au beurre salée ... ?? )
Pas mal, mais en même temps, cela reste beaucoup trop sucré !
xXbaptisteXx (115) - - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Au rez on sens des note de sirop d'érable réglisse miel
Une belle couleur châtain foncée qui tourne un peu sur le ruby
En bouche on trouve des notes de café au lait, noisette réglisse chocolat noir
Une biere a ne pas louper car vraiment elle en vaut la peine mais il ne faut pas en boire 2 car elle et asser épaisse
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark copper/amber with a thin tight off-white head. Bourbon, licorice, toffee, and malt aroma. Taste is strong dark fruit, toffee, sweet malt, and light hops. This has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation and light hop bitterness. There is a low alcohol warmth on the finish. A good take on an English-style Barleywine.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours an amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, dates, floral, with a hint of alcohol. Taste is fairly complex, malt again is prevalent initially with caramel, chocolate, port, with a slightly floral bitter finish. A slight hint of alcohol is present. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Doesen’t push the limits of this style but it is an enjoyable barley wine.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little to no head on top of an opaque orangy brown pour...butterscotch aroma with some crisp fruity notes.
it was bitter and astringint. It got syrupy sweet as it warmed. There is a lot to it, but just a little too much. There is not much tantellizing subtlety to this one.