redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Typical B.W with a thick malt aroma and taste.
The alcohol dominates everything in this, to the point where it is like taking a shot with every sip.
Beaver (1162) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!
Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.
The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.
Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. Iíve had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not my thing. Nice dark color but had way to much of a kick even for me ( i enjoy the hops ).
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 Dark auburn, fizzy white head. The nose is very fruity and sweet with malt. Alcohol being dominant. Te body is spritzy and very sweet. Finishes hoppy and strangely dry. Below average barley wine.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is my first barley wine, so you may wish to take this rating with a grain of salt. Or better yet, a beer. Anyway, pouring the beer yielded dark purple beverage and a whole lot of head. Overflowed the head for the first time in quite a while. Smells kind of like apple cider, but more sour. Tastes of coffee, then of sour grapes. You can taste the alcohol, but a bitter taste overpowers that and everything else. Iím having trouble even getting through even half a pint of this. Bitterness fades some as it warms, and the grape taste comes back. Coffee flavor again near the end. Hmm...mental note: drink barley wines warm. Not too unpleasant by the time I finished it, but canít say Iíll be begging for more.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty aroma. Loads of alcohol. Surprisingly dark in color--nearly black with a hint of red when held to a light. No head but that's not a problem in a barley wine. Medium to heavy bodied and somewhat sticky. Very fine carbonation but perhaps a bit too much for the style. Some light notes of oak. Very strong off-note of not-quite-ripe fruit. The 10.5% ABV is not hidden in the least, lending some medicinal overtones. A poor attempt at a high gravity brew by a mediocre brewer.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
At the 2nd Annual Hell With The Lid Off Barley Wine Festival at Kellyís Bar in East Liberty, Pittsburgh. Clear ruby caramel, no head. Aroma is candied caramel, tomato. Flavor is nail polish remover, butter.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark warm brown. Clear. Head is small, off-white/tan, mostly diminishes into a ring and an arc of mist.<P>
The aroma is malty with light notes of roasted grain; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine, herb; Traces of toasted bread/dough; Light miscellaneous notes of alcohol, vinous wood and a light-to-moderate note of metal.<P>
The flavor is heavily sweeet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, lightly bittersweet finish. Light alcohol warmth and vapor in the retros.<P>
The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively-to-average.<P>
Dullish; shrouded by the metallic note in the nose. Flavor balance isnít bad, and the mouthfeel is pretty good, but I wouldnít seek it out again.
eaglefan538 (2803) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle probably about 1yr old, sat around in the fridge, never surfacing as one I wanted to try, not sure why I bought it in the first place, as I’m not a huge FD fan, cough, cough. The pour was brown with some reddish aspects, weak head, near nil lacing. The aroma was fruity, dark fruity, molasses, caramel. The flavor was dark fruity (not in a great way, though), caramel (sticky, icky, off), sticky, finishing with a slightly but not significantly redeeming piney (slight citrus) hop touch. Mouthfeel was lowly carbonated, sticky, actually quite an astringent mess. Ignore the label, this ain’t nothing like a "fine wine," and if it gets better over time, I’m glad I let it sit around for a little while before consuming. Boo, FD!
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Alcohol, cough syrup and burnt pine forest aroma. Harsh burnt caramel cherry cough syrup burnt pine forest earth with lingering cough syrup presumably to ameliorate the harsh astringent throat burn. Medium full body. And I actually like barleywines.