OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice dark golden color I to a snifter. Aroma hits you with a ton of malts followed by biscuits, toffee and even some grapefruit. Tastes is a huge malt bomb up front with some caramel and toffee. It’s then followed by some bitter fruit and finishes with the 12.5% alcohol you would expect. Mouthfeel is incredible with soft carbonation allowing this to be very smooth. Will be nice once the maltiness and alcohol heat has a chance to mellow after a few years!
shrubber85 (8240) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Prune, caramel and strong bready malt aroma. Chestnut brown with minimal head. Sweet raisin bread malt and moderately bitter herbal alcohol flavor. Boozy finish.
Patrickctenchi (4398) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet, with a small, pink-grey ring.
Baked bread, plum, toffee aroma.
Taste is dark fruit, caramel, berry, burned sugar, booze.
Very strong alcohol heat and bittering.
A potent slow sipper.
Gription79 (2393) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. The aroma is burnt sugars, died fruits, slight pine hop note. The flavor is burnt sugars, fruity alcohol notes, bready, caramel, light earthy/pine hop character. There is a warming alcohol quality with this beer.
coachd (194) - Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of raisin, fig, dark fruits, booze - almost like a Belgian beer but the hops at the end take it in a different direction. Pours a beautiful reddish brown color with a tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Tastes like sweet malt and dark fruit followed by moderate hops and an alcohol warmth. Like a lot of other barleywines I have tried, only bigger. Some reviewers may not like how boozy this beer tastes, but if you’re buying 12.5%, you shouldn’t hate alcohol so much. Palate is slick and full; each taste stays with you for a while. Highly recommend this one. It was $5.49 at Friar Tuck, I bought one for now and one for the cellar.
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. Plum amber color. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, caramel, and taffy. Taste is molasses, plum, bourbon, caramel, and citrus. Syrupy mouthfeel, with a sweet molasses finish.
Cory (359) - , California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle #004. Aroma is caramel, sweet, light hope notes, lots of sweet malted grain notes. Full body, long sweet finish, with some carob flavor notes as it warms up. Delicious version of a barley wine.
BVery (7261) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Reddish pour. Soapy head. Caramel, bready, boozy, pretty nice. Easy drinker and tasty.
thegreenrooster (3371) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a murky brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, toffee, sweet malt and even some wood smoke. Mouthfeel is super thick and heavy but that only helps sipping this powerful beer. Alcohol is there but not in a big way. Finish is brown sugar and plum. This was a very nice barley wine. Full of flavor,very thick and warming.
theisti (3349) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 22 oz bomber purchased at Mike’s Wine and Spirits in Kansas City, Missouri. Bottled 04/08/2013. The pour is mostly clear reddish copper brown with not too much tan head. The aroma is sticky caramel, some pear fruit and a noticeable alcohol heat. The taste is pretty sharp caramel sugar sweet, rough chewy maltiness and bright alcohol heat, which really jumps out and liners boozily in the finish. The pear of the nose, is more cherry in the flavor - somewhat cough drop cherry at that. Flavors, and the booze come together a bit better as the beer warmed. The palate is medium to light bodied, low carbonation, nearly flat - which gives this a syrupy mouth feel. The aftertaste is sweet boozy alcohol, tastes like cheap booze. I probably love Lakefront more than anyone I know, though this beer didn’t work for me.
onceblind (4845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Slightly hazy rosey amber with a small rocky cap head. The nose is sweet and boozy nutty with some dates and cherries, with a nice earthy caramel undertone. Wow wee the taste is sublime, with earthy cherries and dates, a lot of raisin, earthy caramel, warm boozy esters, and a light pecan note. Super