michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bullit (4428) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 it’s not rough.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. I’m upping the aroma and palate by a point from my bottle rating.
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.