oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange caramel pour with no head. Aroma is caramel and some grapefruit hops. Flavor is somewhat alcoholic with a definite hoppy presence and moderate caramel sweetness. Palate is quite thin. Not overly impressed.
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Orange pour with a slight fizzy head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, simple. Flavor is much more of this, very sweet malt candi and some toffee notes. Some light hoppiness. Booze is very present as well. Overly simple. Meh
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was ok for a barley wine which, as I’ve stated before, I’m not a fan of. The aroma is awful Sickening sweet aroma that turns my stomach. Nice dark amber color. The flavor is ok with dark fruit taste. I wouldn’t drink it again.
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of sawdust, dried mango, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Muddled and confusing mess...doesn’t seem to know what it wants to excel in, and ends up just being a bunch of disjointed parts.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark mohagony color with little head. the aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol. the flavor is sweet, fruity and malty with a hint of hops and alcohol. heavy and sparkling on the tongue.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
split a bottle between two little EKU glasses. another one of theose big ole fluffy pillowtop head deals. dark cloudy sienna color, pecan pie sluiced with jack daniels aroma. hubbie took a sip and said "harsh". i took a sip and said "alcohol".
i think this may be the first barley wine i've tried, and could very well be the last.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown. Beige head. Light Aroma of sweet, roasted malt & hops. Thin, syrupy feel. Very sweet flavour of caramelized sugar, caramal, & molasses, w/ earthy hops. Not particularly well-structured.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is more along the lines of balanced, borderline uninteresting. There’s a thickness to the mouthfeel. Pretty uncarbonated (which I like). Unfortunately, the only flavor that stands out to me is the alcohol. There’s a bit of maltiness in the front, hop in the rear, then the alcohol sets in. Mind you, nothing is real overbearing here.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am not a Barley Wine drinker and that may be why I am missing it here with this fine brewer’s offering. Strong as heck (a little to strong for any food at the Blake Street) but I will try it alone again.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep burgundy hue. Astonishingly alcoholic and malty nose providing a suggestion of chocolate, black licorice and pit fruit, but mainy just a huge spark of alcohol. Flavor is heavily rich, but still relatively light in body and texture. Sweet and malt accented with sugared fruit flavors and a mild chocolate hint. The unfortunate combination of low hop flavor and bitterness matching an overly sweet barley wine with poorly hidden alcohol. I’m not sure what this is trying to be.