corkitad (19) - Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth almost from beginning to end. As it warms up it becomes a little more rich in it’s fruit notes. Hops are well balanced and keep each taste refreshing. Great barleywine for the price.
pelicanfleck (15) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
First and foremost I must confess that this was the first barley wine that I had ever tasted. I am a malt head by birth and dispise hoppy brew...I should have never picked this up due to the IBU’s being 91. I took one drink and poured the rest down the drain. That is not to say it was a bad brew...just one that I couldn’t stomach. I will never drink another barleywine as long as I am alive.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2005 ADDENDUM: Re-rate of 2004 bottling. It hasn’t improved much with age. Still thin and sour for the style, without the promised big malty body. Meh.
Also, the ABV is listed in the ratings summary as 10.6%, but the 2004 is listed as 9% on the label.
I was a bit disappointed in this one. Predominantly sour, with a too-pronounced hop presence for this style. Flavor improved as I drank more of it, which is a typical experience with barleywines and strong ales as their complexities often take some time to become apparent, but not enough to overcome its deficiencies. The maltiness was decent, but it didn’t carry as much body as advertised.
papercartel (14) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer. This was the 2011 version. Orange/red color. Slight honey taste. Not as sweet as most barley wine’s which is a good thing. Somewhat dry aftertaste. Not head. Smooth.
twoskylights (11) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The finish of this beer (barleywine) is absolutely gripping. It’s like a hop vine took root in my mouth. Delish. The color is a very noble, rusty amber. The head is fluffy and strong and clings like snow to the inside of the glass. I think the hops successfully hide the high ABV of 9 but make no mistake, the booze is there. Pretty darn satisfying, all around. And will the finish ever end? I hope not.
broowater (10) - Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bottle on 01/27/2012. Biscuity, malty, caramel, dough, butterscotch, golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly sour, thin feel, light body, long finish, simply AWESOME, can’t taste the alcohol, very well balanced with the hops.
wesley (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of flowers, dried apricots,, caramel oh heck loads of smells. Smooth malty flavor caramel and dried fruits but overall a very mellow and drinkable barley wine. Alcohol what alcohol you really can taste any but you certainly can feel it
BillKrause99 (8) - Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The older the barley wine the smoother it is. The end of season reserves are always best
jarealist (5) - - APR 26, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
You definitely want to drink this beer at room temp, chilled the smell and taste of alcohol was very strong. As it warmed up it was much smoother and more malty.
Dorf (2) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice garnet color, low carbonation. very drinkabe for a huge beer. excellent hop flavor. good balance of malt and hops.