obguthr (3389) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle-2009. Yeasty raisin and orange aroma. Hazy ochre, thin yellow head. Full body. Deliciously fruity flavor of grapefruit, cherries, and brown sugar with a bready base. Tastefully bitter orange peel finish. It’s a bit like liquid fruitcake and a nice choice for Christmas. Alcohol evident but tolerable and tastes nowhere near the 15.3% on the label .
Re-rate: This is a dangerous drink. It didn’t seem to have as much alcohol as advertised, but I felt it an hour later, and it had me walking sideways. Inbibe carefully.
TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2009. Cloudy brown with lacy froth; clearing to garnet. Nose is caramel, grass and wood with hints of orange peel and cherry. Medium body with a crisp but mellow buzz. Taste is caramel and bitter citrus. Simple and smooth with great depth of flavor.
Iphonephan (2609) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the Mad Fox Barley Wine Festival, Falls Church VA. Vintage 2011. Pours a cloudy amber with a creamy off white head. Caramel and honey in the nose. Sweet candy sugar, caramel, and raisin flavors. High alcohol level pretty well hidden in the sweetness. An excellent barley wine.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage. Caramel malts on the nose with floral notes. Pours caramel amber with a thin white head that dissipates. Sweet caramel with apple notes very malty with some spices and strong alcohol notes.
jrob21 (2288) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a tan head. Hops coming through here a little more than the previous version I had. Lots of red fruit and a bit of soy sauce. Roasty malt plum and red fruit aroma. Soy sauce more as it warms. Definite sipping beer. Finish is a touch bitter. Chalky chocolate texture as well.
unclemike (2152) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
little to no head. Aroma is of tropical fruits cascade hops and booze. Has a grapefruit citrus hops taste. Complex caramel malt with notes of lemon, spiced rum. Flat carbonation, slick texture and medium to full body
Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/12/2012. From bottle. Dark amber color with a tan head. The alcohol is present up front with malt, dark fruit and spicy aromas. Some sweetness with the alcohol and fruit, but this one packs a punch.
MadRobin (1609) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Lost Dog Cafe in McLean, VA. This is most likely the 2012 version.
Clear-but so dark it is almost opaque--burgundy-brown with small khaki head and fair lacing. Head does not linger.
Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit.
Taste of dark fruit, cherry, sweet roasted malt, toffee and alcohol.
Full body and medium/high carbonation with foamy mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
freekyp (1460) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Legend’s barleywine is a massive affair, pouring a murky dark mahogany, the huge alcohol content supports a small fizzy head for only a fleeting moment. Aroma is complex and rife with whiskey, raisins, coffee, prunes, and dark cherry. Hot with alcohol and quite bitter, the hops still don’t have the umpf to cut the huge amount of sweet malt here.
Westmeister (1449) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany brown with medium tan head. Smell is sugar crystals, toffee, dark fruits, booze. Taste is not as nice as the smell. Boozy sugary toffee, sugar plums, more booze. Big slow sipper with lots of depth. Nice dead of winter barley wine.