AdamDaily (9) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this barleywine. Itís sweet, but I like a real sweet brew from time to time. Itís a nice dark brown, with a full body and thick mouthfeel. The aroma leaves something to be desired; thatís where the alcohol makes itself known. The first taste Is caramel, fig, toasted nut, and a dull orange flavor (not tangy.) As I progress through the beer, thereís more coffee there. I didnít find the finish very dry at all. Itís a pretty sticky brew the whole way through. Itís highly drinkable/enjoyable, and despite the fairly high ABV, I never felt like I was getting my ass kicked. Fantastic.
Savage_Night (204) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber red with minimal head. Head retention is poor. AROMA: dark fruit, sweet roasted malt, light citrus, spices, dark chocolate, smoke, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, red wine and hop bitterness. TASTE: coffee,/espresso caramel, alcohol, raisin, smoke, spices, hop bitterness, plum, pinot noir, peppercorn and dark chocolate. AFTER TASTE: chocolate, peppercorn, hop oils, caramel and smoke flavors with a slightly thick oily feel in the mouth. I?m very surprised at the quality of this brew for the price. Definitely will purchase a few more. Might age a few of them as well.
alexsdad06 (7272) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade shared with the group from notes 2011. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, dark fruits, raisin, fig, resin, I can see the vinous character from the deScription, medium plus body, some viscosity. Solid, tasty barley wine. I would have this again.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/15/15] Draught at Toronado in San Francisco. 2009 edition. Nice clear amber color. Aroma of malt, caramel, cookies and some old hops. Sweet caramelly flavor with cookies, stale hops, a bit of alcohol and a bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Muddy brown color. Aroma is tart red fruit. Thick sweet and smooth barleywine with a hint of tart red fruit in the finish.
beerbaaron (1780) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep unclear slight ruby brownish color with an excellent khaki head. Aroma finds light fruity, bread crust..quite nice. No hint of alcohol. Lighter full body. Amazing palate. Slaughters most barley wines. Worthy of much more attention.
MarinEvelyn (704) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet, delicate, rich, beautiful. Dark fruit, some spices, sorta a little chocolate, but probably really something else. I really enjoy it. Light, but strong, well made.
slowrunner77 (7580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"i really like most Marin beers, and even a bad barleywine is a pretty good beer overall, but thatís just what this one is. thin and relatively flavorless in comparison to better Bwís. Thereís quite a few I can think of superior to this one."
Iphonephan (4795) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. Pours a cloudy deep amber brown with an ecru head. Aroma of figs. Flavors of raisins and caramel. Smooth, boozy finish.
phaleslu (7831) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wines in Phoenix. Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish amber with a medium beige head. Notes of caramel malts, dark and dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins), brown sugar, pine resin- hits all the right notes. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Big, tasty American barley wine. Really good. I need to get my hands on the other versions.
travita (4538) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The look is brown to red in color, clear, and a beige colored head. The smell is bourbon, sweet, caramel, and wood. The taste is sweet, caramel, wood, and bourbon.