vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and frothy. The aroma is dry and bitter. The flavor is aggressive and slightly sweet.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 I’ll have to rerate this. I didn’t have it at a time when I was "mature" enough beerwise to appreciate it.
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. ’06 Vintage. Pours brown with amber highlights. Creamy head. Strong, raisin and malt aroma. Smooth, creamy texture. Still pretty hoppy. Another winner from a great brewery!
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 6 ounce bottle picked up by soccer290. Thanks! Poured a cloudy deep orange color with a wonderful one finger width brownish head. The aroma consisted of a lot of hops with hints of sweetness in the background. The taste was a lot of hops with citrus hints in the background. It had a medium mouthfeel and left a very nice hoppy taste in the back of my mouth. A very tasty beer! I would definitely seek this one out again!
o_Merlin_o (199) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong grapefruit and orange peel aroma. Nice, almost ruby red color. THICK creamy off white head. Very creamy, smooth texture. Hints of prunes and apricots and raisins. Pleasant. Quite sour aftertaste.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage – bottled on December 2, so just over a year of aging on this one. The Ruffian pours a rusty red color with a fizzy and bubbly head. Aroma has this raisin and fruit thing going on, with a subtle malt sweetness in the background. Taste is … huge. (The label says hefty, and it might actually be appropriate in this case) The first sips let you know that there’s a big hop profile on this one, with a lingering bitterness that I associate more with IPAs than the Barleywine style. This has to be dry-hopped. I’m amazed that a beer this old can have this much hop presence. Impressive. Beyond the hops is this great, caramel-toffee malt backbone that holds everything up. As the beer warms and opens up there’s this very nice raisin and fruitcake sweetness that comes out the more you drink it. There’s some alcohol burn on the way down, though it’s not unpleasant and certainly something you kind of expect with the style. Overall this is a hefty and hoppy (borrowing from the label) example of the American Barleywine style.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint spicy hop aroma with traces of pine. Pour is a deep amber with slightly off-white head. Spruce spiciness mixes with deep caramel malts. Very strong hop flavor. Thick, but manageable, body. A very nice and smooth barelywine; slightly chewy hop flavor, but provides a nice balance to the sweetness.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I sampled the 500 ml bottle, which dispensed a clear, deep copper bodied ale with an outstanding, oversized tan head that stayed put for the entire sampling and left some terrific lacing. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of hop aroma and grainy malt sweetness in the nose. Palate entry is syrupy sweet, with a huge caramel and raisin backbone and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The rich body is nicely balanced with a heavy hop bomb and alcohol dryness.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great, beautiful red-copper color, with a pretty nice lacing on the glass. The aroma on this is just awesome. Smells like candy. It has nice sweet malts, and some very floral hoppy notes and a touch of citrus from the hops. Awesome nose. The flavor is much the same. The hops were a little too much at first, but as you kept drinking you began to think the hops were brilliant. Super nice beer. My roommate gave it a 4.3. He was in love. Gorgeous brew with floral, pine, citrus, sugar, caramel, and vanilla flavors with malty goodness. The sweet and the strong bitter notes dance back and forth in a playful manner on your palate. Awesome twist on a barleywine.
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on tap and it was very carbonated. The smell was of citrus/hops and somewhat muted for a barley wine. It was served at 55 degrees, which allowed the hoppy sweet flavors to shine. Tastes a little like white grape juice, but it has a nice sour finish.