Serve in Snifter


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Distinct sweet and complex flavor, this beer has been reserved and set aside for special occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of malts, caramel, dark ripe fruit, honey, toffee, slight orange, slight fruit, figs, plums, slight yeast, and maple syrup. Poured brown with a bit of amber in color and medium-sized, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malts, caramel, honey, toffee, slight chocolate, light wood, oak, light vanilla, and figs. Full body. Thick, tingly, syrupy, coating texture. Average to lively carbonation. Sweet, malty, caramel, wood, and vanilla finish is sticky and dry. 10%ABV is totally hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. The look is amber to red in color with an off white head. The smell is toasted marshmellow, roasty, malts, fruits, alcohol, caramel, and good. The taste is malts, fruits, caramel, and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2006
750 ml bottle shared @ the Media location. I suppose this is the correct place to put this review since the ABV matches. Although the bar tender told me it was brewed and bottled at the Media location and the bottle simply just stated "Barleywine" Pours a cloudy brown amber with a smaller off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, some toastiness, biscuit and light alcohol as it warmed. Flavor was lots of up front dark fruits, toffee, hints of vanilla, light hop bitterness, biscuit, caramel, fruity esters and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, brown sugar and malt. Taste is of malt, booze and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2011
Bottled, tasting at cgarvieuk. Ruby red coloured, tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, grainy, a bit chewy, candy sugar. Flavour is caramel malts, candy sugar, fruits. Sticky and sugary finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4311) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle courtesy of JKwalking05. Clear red pour. Sweet bread aroma. Light cereal smell as well. Taste is thick sweet with bready malt. No dark fruit which surprises me but itís not rough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2008
750ml Bottle; Shared at the first, semi-annual Ratebeer-Tucson tasting!
Pours with a thin, frothy, amber-tinged, tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, rich amber colored beer. The aroma has a dank, cheesy note to it that mixes with an herbal and citrus driven hop character that are ultimately drowned out by the funkiness. A touch of caramel malt character struggles to come through the funk aromatics as well.

Cheesy notes continue in the flavor, though they are a touch more muted than in the aroma there is still a really rustic, challengingly, funky French-farmhouse cheese funkiness here that reminds me of really rank toe-cheese. The herbal and citrus hop notes are more noticeable than they were in the aroma and the flavor is slightly better than the aroma was too. Bitter hop notes mix with light phenolics as they meld together in the finish. This would definitely be a nice beer without the obvious infection. It is still exceedingly hoppy and the chewy malt would have been nice if not drowned out by the cheesy funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2015 8/8/2001. 25.3 oz bottle. Found this one without its cork in my cellar. Bottom cage wire looks like it snapped. Wow! Poured a quick glass and still showed some carb. Clear burgundy with some wispy head; most around the edges. Dark berries, caramel and sprucey alcohol. Slight sourness; uh-oh. Quite smooth but lacking some depth of flavors. Light toffee and blackberry with orange hoppy drying. Seems intact after the premature de-corking but needs bigger malts. I had hoped to age this a few more years. 1/4/2015. Growler from Media. Medium body with a silky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a soft tang. Taste is caramel and dates with light grass and hints of bitter citrus peel. Good stuff. Iím upping the aroma and palate by a point from my bottle rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3671) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium tan head....nice color and decent lacing and retention. Aroma has lots of dark fruit...sticky hoppiness. Flavor is pretty sweet...fruity...candied fruit...with just a touch of earthy bitterness and the faintest hint of leather. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a warming fruity/earthy dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
I purchased this bottle at the Newark, DE location, but the label on the bottle says Wilmington. 750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with glowing reddish highlights when held against a light. Moderate-large off-white head that faded to a film at mid-glass and left only a trace of lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and a bit of sweet orange. The flavor backs off a bit from the aroma, with caramel up front and a moderate alcohol flavor towards the finish. The alcohol flavor stregthens as the beer warms, and a definite alcohol burn develops as well. This is a decent barley wine, but it lacks the depth and mouthfeel I associate with better barley wines. The strong alcohol finish also detracts from the flavor.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3 4  5  6 7 8 9

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50