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 (99) - 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!
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado BW-fest on 2/19/06. Poured a clear ruby/orange color with a nice fluffy off-white head. Great sweet malty aroma with some floral hop scent. Nice malt body in the flavor with notes of fruits, some hops and a warming alcohol presence. A well balanced and very smooth bw.
t4h2c0 (90) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I always liked this barley wine, it is relatively cheap and has a good hop flavor. Does very well with age. Tried the 95’ at toronado barley wine fest 2008 and it was awesome. This was the best tasing barely wine I have ever that was aged over ten years. Most of the others I tried tasted a little funky but the old boardhead aged great. Preatty clear apperance tends to mean a more pronounced hop flavor as this one ages
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a brown orange with a very thin head. Aroma is very assertive with sweet and slightly fruity notes. Flavor is more sour than anticipated and the brew is a bit less thick than u would like but overall a good beer.
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a thick tan head Nice fresh hop aroma good malt sweetness nicely balanced good strong hop bite on the finish cascade presence abundant not a great variety of flavors but well balanced and strong in the representation of the style good stuff.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth-pouring beer with an everlasting thin head. The scent is sweet and fruity with a memorable taste.
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, 2012 reserve. Pours an opaque mahogany with a small amount of tan head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, with dark cherry, bread, and a little tobacco. Hops definitely come through in the taste, but it is still pretty balanced. I have nothing bad to say about this ABW.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible. This beer will kick you in the head if you're not careful. The nose is potent, exuding powerful hops and a forward maltiness. The color looks intense, as it is a deep, ruby copper color (if that makes sense). Lots of fruity ester in the nose presage an intense, full flavor profile: malt, a melange of hops, some interesting fruit (bing cherries, berries) and chocolate. A very interesting drinking experience. Two 22 oz. Old Boardheads will send you over the falls.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: pored into a tuplip glass. poured a nice deep amber color. the head started large, but quickly faded into oblivion. smells like apricots, alcohol and malts. no hops really, which of course saddens me. tastes malty, fruity and nice. soooo mellow and smooth. not a hint of alcohol. delish.