lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barleywine characteristics are in full play with a cloudy pond pour and a sweet malt nose of oak, bread, and raisin. Definitely from the other side of the Atlantic as flavor is all malt: basic bready tones that subside to toffee and lingering fruits. Fairly typical but enjoyable in a right-then-wot English sort of way nonetheless.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours dark brown with off white head. aroma is slightly sweet and malty. taste has hints of woodchips, malts, some hoppy tartness and bitterness. hides the acohol well but slightly watery. an ok beer, nothing to special
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
good malt flavor, a little too dry in the finish for me, but nice overall
treadyroc (148) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Better than average, but nothing special, either. This ale was exceedingly sweet for my taste, but if you like something like a Thomas Hardy’s, the Moonraker’s right up your alley. Poured a deep brown/mahogany with little head, & had a very clean finish.
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
By Jove! Had this little fellow a couple of times and didn’t take to him at all. This time, with my first sip (after a La Trappe Quadrupel) I decided that I rather liked it. Sweet, rich, thick. The sweetness of raisins. How delightful! A fine beer, but I might have to wait until next year for it to return to Morrisons. Bon nuit!
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, tan head.
Faint aroma, alcohol.
Sweet dark fruit, raisins dry bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol taste.
Heavy with some carbonation.
Nice but too much alcohol and a little too heavy.
BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown colour with off white head. Aroma of malt, hops, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavour of bitter with a sweet chocolate finish.
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bomber. Pours a very nice, strong dark color that represent the English Strong style. Very little head, which was fantastic to pour. Smells of very dark malts with a taste to math. Goes down smooth with no alcoholic bite to it, though it exchanges any sort of fizziness for a flat character with almost no carbonation.
Quite the example of a Strong Ale.
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong malt laden aroma and apretty deep red/ brown color. Light tan head, sweet and fruity, ( raisin/prune) out front but a pretty dry finish. A nice example of the style!