closey22 (1555) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thick, rocky, tan head & red/amber hazy; perfect aroma per style, blend of malt, hops, and alcohol; flava is complex blend of acidic sweetness(blackberries) and dry/spicy hoppiness; feels medium bodied but very foamy on the tongue(which I like-some may not) that leaves my tongue tingling; finishes dry & sweet, leaving the tongue wanting more, and more.
This is one of the top barleywines I’ve ever tasted. And I haven’t rated all of them on this website. I’ve drank a lot more than are recorded here.
desurfer (1278) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wilmington. Body is a super-hazy brownish amber with a pillowy tan head. The nose is sweet and hoppy. Upon the first sip my tastebuds are assaulted by massive amounts of hops. Very citrusy and piney. This is good! Not much balance in the malt department except some background sweetness, but it works well. Finish is extremely dry and tangy. Definitely not the same beast as the Old Tom. This barleywine follows in the (enormous) footsteps of SN Bigfoot, and does it well. Very tasty barleywine!
BeerdedDave (1273) - - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the brewery (2005); an excellent seasonal; strong, bitter, and quite hoppy for a barleywine
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was a cloudy redish/brown okay head nice lacing. Aroma was of caramel, pine vanilla and come floralness. Flavor was nice sweet malty flavor, alcohol wasn’t hidden at all little over the top. But good beer.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy miketd. Murky reddish brown pour, full of life. Huge nose on caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet plums, dark fruit, some unique spicy grain. Flavor is rich and full of caramel, vanilla, spices. Full of flavor, and very delicious.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear brown in color with roasted malt smell. Taste of roasted malt with some hop flavor. Thin body. an O.K beer
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky red-brown with plenty of fizzy beige head that laces only a touch. Nose is sweet warming and bready. Taste is very hop forward, earthy, sweet. Very nicely balance no over the top booziness. Very enjoyable brew.
hivemind (885) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery in Newark, DE. Shared with Paul and Erica in Weehawken for the 4th. Couldn’t get a good look at the body but the head is beige/off-white and kind of creamy. Strong hop nose and lots of hops and fruit on the palate. Not as thick-bodied as other barleywines. Not sure I’d agree with those saying it’s more of an IPA, but it does have a stronger hop flavor than expected.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed at Iron Hill Maple Shade. Golden red pour with a frothy off white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, and malty, with strong pine and notes of bread and yeast from the bottle fermentation. Taste is dark malt, plum, piney hops and bready yeast. Medium body. Nice carbonation. Enjoyed it but it’s nothing very special and certainly not worth $20 a bottle at the restaurant.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange-red with a thin soapy head. Aroma bursts with liqueur, piny hops, maraschino cherries, and other soft fruit tones. Flavor is at first a little at odds with itself, a definite bright, foresty pine element kind of clashes with a bit of darker, fruity malt. A bit spicy and exotic. I’m almost approaching this as an Imperial IPA with a high malt presence. Despite its oddity it is a very tasty package, though not nearly as glorious as their other Barleywine. Getting better as it warms...a really nice cherry pit flavor mingles with the pine-forest touches, very cool. Boozy but not hot. Could be more refined but it’s a neat beer.