daknole (10870) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
JW77 with a nice barleywine...thanks John. Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and some floral hops make up the aroma. What a great balance between sweet malt and a deft touch of hops. Really a gem.
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Oh boy. After a night of mediocrity, this one hits the spot. Actually, the Full Sail Rip Curl was the only other non-mediocre beer. The aroma is intense. So many things in there. First off, itís fruity. Michigan cherries and dark fruits (dates, prunes). Very malty with notes of red wine and port. Also detected: vanilla, alcohol and saltwater taffy. A beautiful beer. Slightly hazy, ruby/copper-colored ale. Large yeast particles are there, but few and far between. The small, fizzy, khaki-colored head diminishes fully and quickly. No lacing. The flavor is complex. Malty/sweet and pungent up front with bursts of port and cherries. Tart and slightly bitter on the backside. Warm alcohol throughout. Full-bodied with an oily/silky mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A short, dry, tart finish. The alcohol is there, but well-disguised. Excellent barley wine!
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Danís house. Hazy reddish orange appearance with a tan head. Touch toasty malty, somewhat citrusy, earthy, lightly floral hoppy aroma. Floral, herbal hoppy, citrusy, fairly rich toasty malty flavor. Iím a little disappointed.
KimJohansen (10419) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a tiny white head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with toasted malt, caramel, pine and hoppy notes. Quite vinious.
slowrunner77 (10098) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"piney, good balance of malt and hops, and smooth and drinkable even though it has a kick. good, but not one of the best. Iíll usually pick up a bottle any time I find one. 2/10-have had a couple pedestrian bottles. the 07 version not aging well. docked a couple tenths."
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle thanks to Sean. Poured a hazy orange amber with a near white head at that dissipated quickly to the the edges. Aroma was full of malt with grain, bread, caramel and a slight toffee note coming through. The flavor was also full of malt with the notes listed above, especially with caramel and toffee giving the beer a sweet finish.
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
03 Reserve. Big thanks to Brock_Landers. Brock sent me 3 or 4 top 100 beers. This one is turbid deep copper with minimal head (no deductions due to high ABV). Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, hops, gingerbread, black pepper. Not as intense as the HOTD Doggie Claws aroma, but I give both 9s. Tastes very malty, fruity, with hops, dark fruit, some toffee, cognac. This one is a bit more refined and balanced than the Doggie Claws, but not as "in your face" intense. Dense finishing palate, with a somewhat krieky finish, and also a hit of rauch. I canít decide whether this or Doggie Claws is better. They are both great. This one is a tuxedoed, smooth, finessed barleywine, while the Doggie Claws is a rough around the edges, long haired hippie. Both have their purpose, and as far as Iím concerned, they are both at the top of the genre. My 2nd 4.5 rating for a Barleywine tonight. Dare I try the Avery The Beast next!!!?? Stay tuned, fans. I may need a Goddamn stretcher! Yeah man!
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 2005 Vintage Rated December 2006. Red-amber body with a smallish tan head. Slightly perfumey floral hops up front are overtaken by alcohol as it warms. Rough bitter hops turn astringent in the finish as it joins with the alcohol. Average palate. Not unpleasant but a fairly roughly hewn barleywine. 7+/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 <P>
Reserve 1999 100799 bottle rated April 2006. Amber body with a smallish head. Interesting aroma is tough to decipher, light caramel and muted hops. Light bitterness is a bit rough, pleasant grainy malt in the middle. Less hoppy than expected, but that could partly be the age. Medium palate has lost some carbonation. Not quite what I was expecting, less intensely hoppy than I thought it would be. Curious to compare it to a younger version now. Thanks to the trader who I have forgotten! 6/2/7/4/15 - 3.4
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 BOTTLE: amber/orange pour, aroma of caramel and fruit. Fruity hop & malt taste. Not my favorite style of beer, but this was okay.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of the 09. Pours a clear orange with a medium sized beige head. Plums and fruit, nice hops and earthiness. Caramel and vanilla. Lingering spicy hop notes, nice hops throughout this.