timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with amber shining through the glass around the edges. Fruity malty head. Nice smell. Sharp sweet malty taste. Nice berry flavor. Some caramel and buttery flavors. The alcohol is hidden really well considering it’s 10.5. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice malty palate. This is an enjoyable brew. A little maltier than I expected from a barley wine.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brooding pour like thick apple cider yields a soapy brown head which slides down the glass with clawing lace. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel with a bit of sweet milk chocolate. Sip. Kicks my teeth in. Wasn’t ready for the assault. Covers tongue, and I pick out sweet caramel, apple, and raisins. Then a pineapple tartness leads to a biting fruit finish of crabapple. Dry and biting. Warming up, much much better. Mellow, sweet candy and raisin. Barely any bitter finish. Palate starts out dry, burning, and sticky, but then finishes mouth-numbing, warming and creamy. Notice I did not mention alcohol. It is less evident after warming than was at beginning. Maybe because I’m already under its spell. Sample could of used some aging perhaps. A very good brew.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 12 oz. bottle. Decent head. Smells so sweet and relaxing that even a non beer drinker would be invited by its aroma. Tastes like dersert- mousse cake. Perhaps a little muddled. I did not really mind. Great finish. I want to age some.
k2cr2o7 (66) - 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.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, opaque with a fine head. Aroma of cream and malt. Well-balanced flavour, very malty. Good beer but a little bit heavy to my taste.
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.
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.
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.