muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Fizzy coca-cola appearance, smallish immediately decaying head. Strong prune/apricot nose. Bitter, overly carbonated, burnt espresso on the tongue; this tastes more like a thin sour Imperial Stout than anything else, and it's not working. I really don't think I got a bad bottle; aren't barleywines supposed to have SOME sweetness and fruitiness in the flavor profile? This has barely a hint at the end, otherwise its bitter, flat, dull, overly alcoholic for its size. What a disappointment.
freekyp (1497) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy handed and redolent with sour plummy fruit essence, this Barley Wine tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Very tart warming finish. Dissappointing in the looks department, this red-tinged brew has pretty much no head at all, and a flat undercarbonated mouthfeel. Overall it tastes like dark fruit and rum. Iíll pass and head for a Bigfoot any day.
OldMrCrow (1865) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Bottle.
Pours a reddish toffee brown with almost no head. Vinous, even vinegary aroma, plenty of sweet toffee, English Barleywines can be on the sour side, but this one has a flavor that is almost like a strange (and unfortunate) marriage of English barleywine and Flemish sour. Itís very sweet, with curious wild-strawberry notes, a bit of wood, malt powder, and a vinegary tartness on the tail end.
Mouthfeel is relatively thin, and dramatically undercarbonated. Iím not impressed and Iím not quite sure what to do with the remaining 300 ml of this half-liter bottle.
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 didnít help. Not my favorite barley wine,..
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from morrisons Bradford. Dark red in colour with a thin tan coloured head. Sweet aroma of malt and treacle. Thick taste of sweet malt mixed with treacle. Fairly smooth but loses mark for being a bit too sweet.
wimpyjoe (4140) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Itís strength is evident in the taste, but thereís plenty of fruit in there and the aroma too. Slightly sour in the palate
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted, smelled, and looked like a combo of caramel and maple syrup blended together in a glass. Which isnít all that bad. But i was hoping for something better.
Pailhead (4897) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Bottl: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma has lots of roasted malt and grain and a moderate pet store odor and light caramel. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with some transparency when held to the light. Small off-white head. Lots of roasted malt and grain. Sweet molasses and toffee in the finish with light nuttines and a touch of bitterness. Not my style of barley wine, especially when it smells like a pet store.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very disappointed. Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head. Aromas were of caramel and dried fruits, all was okay up to here. The flavor was just too sweet and vinegary. I could not even finish the beer.
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky brown hue. Completely headless. Almost completely uncarbonated. Syrupy and heavy on the tongue. Molasses, dark fruit and earth. Some sour cherries in the finish, behind the vinegar. Pinch of bitterness, too. Alcohol nip was noticeable in the aftertaste. Had a "damp rag" off-flavor that I wasnít too fond of.