DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque dark body with a white bubbly head that immediately dissapears. Chocolate cake and red wine in the nose. To me, the flavor was muddled and confusing. There’s a big brandy-like sweetness up front along with some mouth-puckering bitter hops. Finishes with warm alcohol in the throat. Not a very good barleywine.
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank it a couple of days ago (bought a four pack - not sure if that was a good idea right off the bat) so I’m trying to remember much about it. It poured pitch black, ZERO head, and being my first Barley Wine, I’m not sure how to describe it further.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, with thin head that quickly fades. The aroma is clearly malt. The taste is grain alcohol and sweet malt. The alcohol doesn’t hide in this barley wine.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours ruby brown, medium sized tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of floaters. Smells deliciously sweet and big. Eek. Flavor is too syrupy for me. Molasses, caramel, too sweet for my taste. Hops seem lost in the sweet malt finish. Call me stupid, but I prefer a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot to this.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. No head but some carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is candied raisins and sugar with a big dose of alcohol. The taste is very bold and upfront with sweetness and a nasty out of balance hops and alcohol lashing at the end. I love big beers but this ones flavor profile seems totally out of whack. I probably should have let it age for awhile. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Nice and smooth and creamy with a great coating effect. Not a barley wine I will buy again.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is sweet and chemical. Deep ruby body with thin off white head and no lacing. Taste is dark, roasted, thinner than expected. Something in the finish is off. Texture is like a scouring pad. Not very smooth or luxurious like many other BWSA’s. A shame really. Not sweet at all, which is a relief, but the chemical flavor is very present.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one did not do it for me....slight caramel taste, some malty overtones and a pinch of pumpkin pudding/sweet potato/apple...slight winey character....this one had a few good points (although practically zero smell) but all the small good ponts never added up to anything truly great. Seemed a bit steely to me and I just could not grasp it to the point of full enjoyment.
maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (7 oz./207ml). Vintage 2008. From a discounted 8-pack of four Flying Dog high-gravity beers. Mild sweet aromas, alcohol fumes. Cloudy copper color with no head. Sweet & sour initial, honeyish mid palate, and a sweet final that fades very quickly. Medium body. An unimpressive barleywine, Has not aged well (and four years should not be too long).
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
From Beerlicious iphone app: roasty licorice aroma red and hazy with a frothy head medium sourness that sits long on the palate Oily thick lively
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tectactoe (1481) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottle / 2008 / 4 years old] Deep, dark brown & quite opaque. The light-tan colored head is gone within seconds with no retention. Big nose of grapes, figs, booze, licorice, & a sticky caramel backbone. Taste is similar; lots of alcohol warmth with tons of raisins, figs, anise, licorice, plums, toffee... Lots going on, but not very well put together. A little too sweet & a little too hot all at once with no balance happening. It’s not bad, but it’ll take you a while to finish the 7 oz bottle.