mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Super sweet. Cloying. Needs way more bittering hops to balance this beer. Very syrupy. (Note: Apparently my taste buds don't match the judges'--this beer took 5th place in the festival.)
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I missed this at the Toronado Barleywine festival - so here it is in bottle. Dark pour with very little head. Strong malt with flavor. It is very thick and syrupy - needs to be balanced a bit with some hops. Strong plum sweetness. But the real question is, will Kansas overcome the 18 point deficit or will Syracuse continue to dominate?
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great barleywine. I like the mild bitterness on the finish, probably from a roasted malt more than a boiling hop. One of my favorites with Old Nick and Hog Heaven.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice amber brown with light head. Malty caramel aroma and flavors with hints of hop fruitiness. An easy drinking enjoyable barleywine.
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dominated by floral and malty smells. A little alcogol present. Flavor was balanced - not a lot of finishing hops compared to other BWs. More of an old ale or scotch ale.
Savage_Night (243) - 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.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a dark brown with some dark orange and red and practically no head. Big, sweet caramel with dark fruit and wet paper on the nose. The flavor is more of the same with toffee in the finish. Body is somewhat thin initially but became thicker further along into the bottle as sweetness and some alcohol presence really take over.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep amber color, sweet and pleasant flavor, nothing to jump up and down about...
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thereís a slight hoppy aroma that canít quite get past the vanilla lethal alcohol smell. It pours a beautiful dark magenta with a head that starts big and sticks around the edges over time. The taste is the one thing that I canít get past. It is a bit one dimensional. There is a big hop presence, but it canít stand up to the alcohol. Perhaps aging this another year would even this out. It is definitely on my list for a rerate in a year, if I can find another bottle to cellar, although, I canít find a vintage on the bottle, so who knows when itís from.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick pour, dark amber brown liquid, resilant light tan creamy head. Nose of cinnamon, dried fruit caramel and flowering hops. Front is sweet fruit, body is caramel fruit and finishes off with some hop bitterness. Tasty stuff.