maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 On tap at the brewpub on 11/18/2009. Packing a punch at 15.3%. Somewhat hazy deep amber body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit and caramel flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/4/16 - 3.9
04/01/2006: On tap at the brewpub. Hazy dark amber color with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with hints of molassas. Sweet caramel flavor and very easy to drink. 8/4/9/4/16 - 4.1
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Legend Brewing -- I have to say, give this brew (2006 brew) six to twelve months and it will be awesome. Great mahogony body with a small tan head. Nice fruity aroma, malt backbone is evident. Good body, smooth palate, hops and alcohol dominate. Semi-dry ending. This beer has a lot of potential.
radagast83 (3744) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Bottle. 2006 vintage. Pretty decent barleywine. For 11.5% there isnít much of an alcohol taste. Smooth finish.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 2006... Hazy, orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The perfumey nose offers additional notes of caramel, light smoke and wet leather. Rich, malty-medicinal flavor of caramel and cough syrup with lots of alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied and sticky with medium carbonation. Finishes sweet, then heavily bitter and "red hot" with alcohol. Wow, this is a powerful brew... almost too much so. Set one of these aside for a year or two and letís see what happens.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
2006 vintage. A sticky, syrupy mess of a barleywine. I canít understand any reference to balance with regard to this offering. The extreme alcohol sits right up front on the nose like the stink of Aristocrat vodka. Just below the fog of alcohol lies a flat aroma of stale tobacco and sweet brandied prunes. Prunes and raisins dominate the palate with dark brown sugar, spent tea leaves, cherry, and leather trailing in the midpalate. The finish lacks inspiration with just barely a whisper hop bitterness to speak of and hyper-saturated sugars building potency with each sip. Once again, out of balance.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great barleywine. Aroma of dark fruits, slight alcohol presence and a hint of hops. Taste is much of the same. The alcohol is slightly present in the taste, but is otherwise disguised very well.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour was a dark reddish color with a tan head. Aroma was of dark fruits (fig, plum dates), caramel malts, and a note of hops. Flavor was sweet caramel malts with just the slightest touch of hops. This was all finished off with a smooth alcohol warming (not much).
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red-orange with a large, thick, white head. Very fruity aroma--fig, plum, and a hint of apple. Thereís also some toffee-ish sweetness, light earthiness, and a hint of hops. Very sweet malty flavor, almost like an English Barley Wine, just slightly hoppier. The alcohol is present, but adds somewhat to the flavor. The finish is excellent, with some dry tobacco and smoke flavors. Thick and creamy. Very good.
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown, small head. Aromas of dark fruits, sweet malts, caramel, and fig. Nice flavor! Stars clean, followed by a slight malty figgish flavor, which is followed by a nice mouthful of alcohol... then finishes smoothly. LOVE the lack of alcohol in the finish- really appreciate it in the middle. Good stuff!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice barley wine from Legend. Pour was red, good tan head. Nose was fruity and caramel and dark fruit. Good hidden ABV.