Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oddly tasting, not so drinkable, thanks Doug. Looks good, dark brown with a bubbly head.
Johnsense (611) - - SEP 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A middling barleywine. Toffee, sweet, brown sugar but very little hopping. Weird mouthfeel. Little carb as it has some age.. Foehammer according to the label.
Rrauth (919) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear rum color with light tan vanishing head. Some light warming feelings as it goes down. I wouldn't consider this a cigar beer like other barley wines but this is very drinkable and a bit on the light side.
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Sikash (208) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle (bottled March 20, 2012) Pours a nice dark amber color with an off white head that doesnít last too long. Aroma is slightly sweet with floral notes and dark fruit/toffee but no hop notes. Initial flavor is sweet almost citrus like with no hop notes the sweetness continues throughout with some notes of the 10.5% alcohol on the backend. Body is light-medium with below average carbonation. Decent beer, not worth the original price of ~22$.
Jcro32 (18) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best barley wine Iíve had, even beating out stoneís old guardian. Judging on the standard 5 categories is difficult considering itís $20 a fifth but with that aside A: Redish brown with an off white head that fades quickly, little lacing. N: Brown sugar, dark fruits, & toffee with a very slight alcohol twinge. T: More of the nose but with an earthy undertone, and less alcohol but a hint of spice. P: Medium low carbonation that allows the flavor to come through nicely. Satisfyingly full bodied with a crisp, warm, sweet finish like the last bite of a fresh from the oven piece of apple pie on a cool day. O: Phenomenal barley wine style ale that does a great job of camouflaging the alcohol presence without eliminating it. If it wasnít so expensive It would be a weekly event.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC (bottled March 20, 2012, bottle #70 and listed as 10.5% ABV). Murky brownish-orange pour with a short bubbly off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with notes of vanilla and toffee most recognizable and almost no hop profile. The flavor also offers little if anything in the way of hops (maybe a hint of citrus peel) but mostly just sweet toffee and graham cracker. Alcohol is present in heat an flavor. Not a terrible beer, certainly not what I think of as a barleywine, but not worth the price either.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a dark red/brown with a thin tan head. Scent is dark fruit, caramel and wet wood. Taste is caramel, toffee and dark sugar.
maxwelldeux (2724) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice big bottle. Pours a dark amber with a large tan head. Has a nice light level of hoppiness to it with some hints of acidity you expect in a barley wine. Has a remarkably clean and easy finish, which I didnít expect.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a cloudy chestnut brown with a huge (3-4 finger) cream colored creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a caramel malt and a doughy yeast with notes of dark fruit (plums and raisins), pears, toffee and a strong alcohol tinge.
The taste was malty sweet with a hint of toffee early on and then it became quite flavorful with a good dose of dark fruit and a strong alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a really long time proceeding the swallow, with a good strong fruity alcohol presence left lingering for quite a while.
Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body with a nice dry texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a good strong Barleywine with a nice fruity presence. But as it says on the bottle ďAges WellĒ, I believe this one would only improve with age...
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh growler fill from brewery. Bronze color, smaller than average head, slightly oily texture leads to minimal lacing. Nose is a lot of booze and burnt candy sugar. The taste is more sweet and heat than hops, giving it an English barley wine lean, though the heat is pretty overpowering. If it was bottled, it seems like the type of beer meant for aging. Fresh, it could use more balance, but itís still a solid enough beer.