DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours like a nice cold, refreshing glass of prune juice - murky brown w. no head, whatsoever. Smells of dried fruits and perhaps chocolate. First taste is very sweet. I found it to be chocolatey, earthy, bready, molasses-spiked. Several sips revealed vodka-like alcohol notes. Strangely bitter at the finish but w/o any real hops presence.
Not a favorite, despite complexity.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and very alcoholly taste. I wouldn’t want to puke this stuff, it would burn comming up. A great example of a barley wine style ale.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, raisin, mild spices, rum and dark fruit. Almost like a rum cake! Very slight cloudy brown/amber in color with a pleasing off white head. The raisin/sweet dates/dark fruit flavor really comes through upon drinking. Ends with a pleasant alcohol warming upon swallowing. Has an almost whiskey like finish ... without the burn. Fairly thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation muted a bit by the viscosity. Would pair magnificently with a nice cheese platter.
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.