MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 11/7/2010 Source:Legend Brewery) Richmond Beerhistoric Tour. Legend 2010 Barleywine. Grape notes with a slight sourness in the aroma with spicy yeast character and caramelized sugars. Very clear golden with ring of white head. Flavor follows aroma with a medium finish that dries quickly and a bit of warming.
laiti (4559) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 Draught @ Bakushu Club Popeye, Tokyo. 14,5% version (2011?), rated on 05.09.2011
Mahogany colour, no head. Aroma has sweet caramel, some oaky notes. Actually rather close to Utopias but less alcohol and more sweetness. Flavour has also some alcohol. It is rather woody with oak and some vanilla‐like cognac notes. Acrid finish, rather weird stuff but still good in some way.
freekyp (1452) - 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.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice clear black with a tan head that doesn’t exist after the pour. Aroma is of alcohol, roasted malts, notes of fruit and caramel and a little chocolate. Lots of alcohol, strong finish, nice malt presence. Good sipping beer.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. 15.3% 2009 version. Very hazy red-brown beer, decent bubbly tan head. Light palate, a little dry. Soft and airy. Inevitably a little aniseed alcohol but not too much. Mild toffee and dried fruits. Very mild - barely there - hops. Semi dry finish. Overall pretty light for it’s abv, just a mild warmth.
Iphonephan (2265) - 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.
radagast83 (3797) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a really dark amber/crimson color with a small wispy off-white head. Aroma was notes of caramel, sweet malt notes, some alcohol. Flavor was smooth caramel notes, some light dried fruits. I was really expecting a lot more alcohol burn in this one. It was quite drinkable.
CamdenD (1028) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive at 15.3. Certainly a beer that would do better with some bottle refinement. On tap this beer is abrasive. Not overly sweet or bitter, it’s incredibly well-balanced for such power. Legend should experiment more.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky chestnut color, small off white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma of caramel. Taste has alcohol up front, lots of summer fruit, sweet like sangria. Good body. Interesting.
TheEpeeist (3057) - 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.