shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: Dark brown boarderline red body, off-white lacing. Smell: Assorted berries, cherries, citrus, toasted bread, caramel, chocolate notes, slight booze. Taste: Pitted fruits, berries, cocoa, caramel sweetness, slight pine and citrus rind, earthy pungency, a very nice leafy tobacco bitterness that compliments the malt sweetness. Feel: Medium, smooth body. soft carbonation. Overall: Not as hop forward as the label details, yet it doesn’t lack hops either. This is more balanced than Big Foot. Enough of that gibberish, everything in this is delicious. The booze is more present in the aroma than in the taste. This is recommended.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kenny Road Market, poured into snifter. Translucent coppery brown color with a fluffy tan head. Aromas are hoppy and malty, a little fruit and caramel. Taste is similar; a nice piney and citrus hop bite mellowed by molasses and caramel notes from the malts. I enjoyed this one.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red color with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, fruit. The hops are the dominant flavor with some caramel sweetness coming in too. Thick feeling on the palate. A really well balanced barley wine. Very very good.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice mahogany with some amber tints. Decent white head. Aroma is dried red fruits (some darker, I suppose) that have been drying and decaying on the ground in the fall . . . so some musky leaves get in there (yeasty), too. Grapefruit hops are there, a bit aggressive, but an interesting balance. I didn’t find this beer subtle in any way, contrary to the description. Right off the bat it’s pretty bold with dried red fruit flavors and some serious malts that run the gamut from caramel to roasted almonds to some sweet bread. The hops kick in soon, too, and the balance changes to incorporate the slightly over-the-top grapefruit element. If this beer had a little more balance, i.e. turned down the hops a bit, it would definitely win some more points from me. There’s a lot of potential on the palate, but it needs more integration. Maybe some aging? Alcohol is well masked.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Flying Suacer...$2.50 pint night.
Anyway, it does have a nice aroma. Big hop flavor, but it didn’t have me wanting more. Overall, a nice barleywine.
avantdagare (143) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 finger beige head that sinks to 3mm, red-amber head. Nose: Plum, raisins, malt and madeira. Aroma: Raisins, plum, resin, grapefruit-peel, madeira, grapes, spruce and alcohol-sting. A bit "raw" or rustic in a good way. Long, dry and bitter ending.
Sparf (142) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A heavy aroma containing strawberry and figs compote, herbs and caramelized malt sugars.
A large taste wich is densely sweet and fruity. Strawberries once again.
The sweet aromas pass on to an earthy, heavy bitterness. The taste is so dense and powerful it tickles my tounge.
The bitterness echoes a long time but leaves space for a lingering reminiscence of strawberry.
In total, a pleasant and interesting brew. In a typically American way, though, lacking finesse, elegance, and balanced subtleness.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy mahogany color with a thin, light brown head. Wonderful aroma of malt and hops. There is a huge caramel aroma along with plenty of citrus and floral hops. Along with the citrus notes from the hops there are a lot of dark fruits in the aroma as well - mainly raisin, plum, and apple. Wow, the flavor is HUGE and delicous. It’s sweet and yet very bitter as well - perfectly balanced. This beer has both intense malt and hop flavors. The malt brings out the molasses, licorice, caramel, and toffee flavors. And the hops bring out the pine, grassy, grapefruit, and tropical fruits flavor. Considering the extremely high IBUs in this beer, it is surprisingly smooth and creamy with an incredible mouthfeel. This is by far the best barley wine I’ve ever had.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark copper with a small off white head. Rich malt citrus hops. Nice mouth feel. Sweet, fruity, bitter with a mild alcohol finish.
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to a snifter glass. Pours a nice red. Not as strong in the nose as you’d expect for a barley wine. Well balance, nice subtle favors but doesn’t fit the style as well as you’d expect from a beer rated this high. Good drink, but lacking for a true barley wine.