DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sweet malty grassy aroma that reminds me in a twisted way of a sauvignon blanc. Color is near black with a persistent off white head. The flavor is very sweet with caramel malt, toasted notes, and a hint of bitterness. The sweetness here is too much for me, and the aroma didn’t help. Not my favorite barley wine,..
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a large light tan head on a hazy orange-brown body. Cherry and honey aroma with some malt. Cherry and honey taste with a strong finish that goes from cherry to a lingering honey. Light body.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a teeny bottle. Ruby color with a floral nose. Lots of stuff floating around in it. Not sure if I like the idea of that too much. It tastes good though. Lots of malty goodness.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is sweet, malty, alcohol and mildly bitter. Full body and kind of thick on the palate, rather flat. I’m not finding anything remarkable about this beer.
Different (203) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Colours is brown with a creamy top. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel and a dry fruity note. Flavour is caramel and fruit.
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