darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
smells sweet and fruity (like orange peels and caramels), overshadows a faint alcoholic odor. pours thickly and is cloudy amber with thin head. taste is far hoppier and bitter than the aroma indicates. however, the same flavors that are in the smell show up here too (bitter orange peel, burnt sugar). Also, the flavor of the alcohol is there, but it’s muted, which I like. It pours thick and feels thick, and it has full flavor. However, it’s unfortunate that the flavor doesn’t have much range.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with vanishing white head. Taste on the sweet side for a barleywin, but malty and smooth. Medium palate with some hops in the finish.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
limp thin and tiny. a bit sour and bitter on the finish. readily available year round at a great price. Feels like a pale ale. nothing special, If i were blind folded i wouldn’t know it was a barely wine or that it is 9%.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber/orange, with low carbonation, coupled with the huge hop body makes this a smooth sipping ale, Alcohol really warms you up. Easy drinking for such a big beer, excellent plavor dominated by malt, but very well hopped.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beautiful beer! Pours deep red/amber with a continuously replenishing head... I mean, this thing is still bubbling quickly after 5 minutes. Ya, I’ve been smelling it for about 5 minutes. It smells really darn good! Very floral hop aroma, with a touch of sharpness. Mellower in this respect than a lot of BW’s. The head is actually growing. Neat. The flavor is suprising, more floral hops, quite sweet and full of malts and the finish. Exceptionally smooth and pleasantly warning as you swallow. Has a touch of metallic aftertaste. I can see why this one is so highly rated!
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottle was recommended to me by the guys at the Pizza Port bottle shop. ’07 bottle. Pours a deep amber with a nice light carmel head. Nice bitter mouthfeel with hops, spice, and light carmel. I would like to try this one with another year or two on it. All around, a pretty nice barleywine.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bomber. Pour is coppery in color almost clear, just a slight haze, with off-white head. Aromas are fruity/peach, earth, malt, and belgian yeastiness. Velvety mouthfeel, flavour is malt, apricot, hints of bitter balanced with sweetness. Incredibly smooth and crisp for 9.8%ABV, no alcohol taste. It is dry, plesantly so, and easy to drink. An awesome barleywine, although a bit atypical. When can I get another?
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Borwn amber with light bubbly head that disappeared quite eagerly, and left spotty lacing. A little stir of the glass re-ignites the head. Smells like dark roast malt, and a hint of red berried fruit. Taste is quite alcoholic, but a nice malty backbone that soon comes over.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours a clear somewhat dark orange/red with an off white head. Lots of fruits and malt in the nose. The taste is very rich. Alot of malt and the alchohol is nicely hidden especially for 10.6%. The flavor leaves a not-quite-ripened fruit taste with a lasting zing. But that is easily overlooked by the long lasting creamy mouthfeel. It is a very enjoyable Barley Wine and at $3.49, I easily will continue to drink it.
rickyleepotts (100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have never been impressed with Full Sail, but this has been starring at me on the shelf for a few weeks. They dropped the price, and I realized it was on the 1001 Bottles list. Figured I would get it before it was too late. Glad I did, because this beer has been retired. They no longer brew this. Not sure why... it is awesome! A nice thickness, some light bubbles, and a lovely sweetness leading to a drying sweet finish. This is what a barleywine is all about. I wish ore barleywines tasted like this. Good job, Full Sail! WELL worth the $4.49 I paid for it. Bottoms up, people!