fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Koko marina
Deep ruby, light tan collar.
Nose is caramel, dark fruits, stone fruits,sugar and subtle hops.
Taste is very stone and dark fruits, Subtle pine hops and lots of caramel.
Very sticky and subtle sweet. Straightforward and tasty barleywine
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub. Aroma of caramel malts and American hops, dark amber body, small whitish head. Nicely balanced between hop flavors/bitterness and sweet malts. Nicely done.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery in company of alohac and fordest. Good times. Very surprising in that this was actually pretty good. Completely unexpected flavorful fruity taste. Sweet at first with a nice malt finish. I enjoyed this one best.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A caramel color beer with not much head. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar showing up most. The taste is mainly caramel and goes down real easy. I was shocked to find out this was 12.5% ABV as it is hidden.
Daytonbeer (694) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium dark brown with reddish hue with residue. Tan head that lasts. Aroma is raisin, cranberry, pineapple, with some muskiness. Very complex. Taste is excellent as well...dark fruits and pine. Beware to all...the alcohol content changes frequently.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good roasted malt and hopped up barleywine. Some roasted pineapple flavors. Light saltiness with smoked meats, rasins. Creamy dryish finish. Very well balanced. On tap at the brewery in Kona.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2007. Smells of buttery toffee and raisins, classic BW smell. Smooth in the mouth, nicely hoppy on the end. The beginning is like a light fruit syrup, a concentrated but delicate (not treacly) sweetness. I would not be opposed to drinking this more often, but it is what it is.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 - On tap at the Kailua-Kona brewery. Pours out a rather dull brown with few if any highlights and a thin head. The aroma is rich, sweet, and malty but falls a little flat. Flavor is good--strong alcohol and a good amount of maltiness--though less sweet than I would have expected. This is combined with a high degree of hops bitterness with little hops flavor. A good barleywine though not this brewery’s forte.
benpickens (444) - Camarillo, California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt sugar aromas in the nose; sweet rich mouth feel; good barley wine reminds me of Sierra Nevada big foot
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. 2002 Vintage. Beady tan head dissipates quickly. Deep red-brown colors with burgundy shading. Medium-hazy with weak lacing. Fruity aroma with subtle sweetness to whet the appetite. Big sweet flavor with some dry bitterness, playing in the mouth with a fruity bite and hints of tough leather. A nice interplay that really adds to the beer. Leathery dryness accentuated in the finish. A bit thin from overworking, and I think it’d be killer if it had a bit creamier texture and maltier taste. Impressive, studied alcohol pop. The 12.5% is there, but it all seemed tastefully controlled.