Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Kona Brewing on Oahu: Creamy and full textured. Awesome caramel and toffee flavors. Sweetened nuts and fresh bread, too. Nice level of hops. Kona Brewing on the Big Island: 2007 vintage on draft - super nice and tasty. Very rich malts, with only a mild bitterness, yet surprisingly decent aromas. Complex with high alcohol that was hidden well. Tasty stuff. 2007 vintage sampled at the brewery Nov. 2009: Lusciously creamy. Big toffee. Lesser elements of chocolate and coffee, with subtle hints of caramel-coated nuts. Rich and flavorful, yet delicate and nuanced.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, cannabis, and piney Northwest-style hops. Flavor is more of the same, lots of sweet malt and well-hopped. Full mouthfeel and nice alcohol warmth.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. This beer won third place at the Festival, but I didn’t get it. I thought it looked murky orange with a thin beige foamy head. It seemed under carbonated. Sweet alcohol nose with a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavors of honey, sweet caramel and some vanilla. It seemed a little raw. I must be the minority in this one.
jeremytoni (2891) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 I had this on tap at their Koko Marine location 2006 vintage. Good flavor, with a little bit of a kick, but finished with a nice after taste.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 GABF: Sweet malts, dark fruit and brown sugar in the nose, full smooth texture, starts sweet and then gets more sweet. Long aftertaste that is more than welcome to stay around.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
02.19.05 2002 on tap at Toronado BWF Pretty dark brew but flat looking and feeling. Nice balance but nothing special. Alcohol was very present to me, especially for a 2002 beer, but that added to a nice peppery finish. It was a long day. Some peach, some citrus.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap of the 2002 vintage @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark reddish brown color with a light brown head. A big caramel malt flavor with vanilla accents.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF '03 Fruity,spicy,extremely malty with a flavor of molasses.One of the better barely wines I've ever had.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Oahu brewpub. Nice dark fruit aromas coming off this deep brown draft. Smallish head didn’t stick around for long. Lots of malty and more dried raisin like fruits on the flavor. Some hoppiness and warming in the finish. Pretty good stuff.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Koko Marina. Poured a beautiful amber brown. Smelled of wood, malt, and nuts. Initial flavor is fairly sweet, with some dark fruit that perfectly balances the sweet malt. Flavor then rounds out with a nuttiness and firm malt backbone, without getting too sweet or alcoholic. A really well balanced and complex brew, this really ranked among the best barley wines I’ve tried!