fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The only reason my ratings weren’t any lower is due to believing that there’s a good beer beneath the one that a Colorado store improperly cellared. Must have been either in the light, in a hot warehouse or both. Very funky taste masking everything with underlying sense of malt flavor - hops destroyed. Damn ...
Bricks (664) - Delaware, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2011 Smells sweet and malty. It tastes as if it was made with saltwater. Awful bitter for a barely wine. Not really into this one.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2008
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber with large white head. Dusty beery aroma. No other way to really describe it. I drank it warm and the bitterness is somewhat high (and very present in the aftertaste). Some maltyness maybe a light fruity tastes (sort of grape esque). The bitterness is just all wrong though for the flavor. It’s not a bad flavor I just didn’t like it. Hides the alcohol well. Scratchy mouthfeel. Moderately thick... not great....
harrymel (1528) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Red hued copper ale with some yellow peanut foam rim and sheet quality. Excellent clarity leaving some spotty lace. Smells like a souped up Pale ale (english style) with some earthy, grassy hop profiles. A decent sugary toffee tone, but very subdued in the nose. The flavor follows thru with that tone, but is overpowered by a sulfur, ester, sweet alcohol flavor. The ingredients and quality characteristics of a Barleywine are soon forgotten in this beer. Medium bodied with low carb, and a semi dry finish. Not a drain pour, but not a good beer either.
Easily among the lower end of BW’s for me. I like ’em to have a little more malt character than this. Too many chemical flavors to make me happy. A disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
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.