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!
jandd1983 (3869) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. It poured a dark red color with a tan head. The aroma was of toffee, fruits and some caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma with more toffee, fruit, caramel and a hint of hops. Nice.
djd07 (10591) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is dark fruits and toffee. Medium mouth, sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, very good.
shrubber85 (10762) - 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 (6105) - 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 (2840) - 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 (599) - Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 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.
Trying a bottle that’s over 2 years old. This beer ages well. Smells and looks the same. Palate is the same if not even more syrupy. The hops are a bit muted; surprisingly the booze burn is still there.
pdx77 (1483) - 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 (372) - , 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 (9668) - Plymouth, 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 (4034) - 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.