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.
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber of unknown vintage. Pours a dark opaque brown with very little head. Aroma is very sweet, with pitted fruit most prominent. Taste is also sweet and malty. Very little hop flavor.
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells better than it tastes. The flavor isnít consuming and doesnít mix well with the fine aroma. Rating from memory so my description is a little vague.
calbeers (10) - - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Rich dark amber color, cloudy with creamy dark head. Smells great with malty spicy notes. Taste is malty sweet caramel with nice finish. Smooth and tasty. I need to try this on tap next time.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AdamDaily (9) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
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.
geezerbeer (3) - USA - AUG 28, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber, purchased from Marin Brewing Company direct. "burbon barrel aged" bottled 3/21/07. pours like treacle, as expected.
aroma like a dessert wine, caramel and only slight alcohol considering the 9% tag. Iím new at the rating game but certainly canít taste bourbon. sweet, heavy. very mellow for a strong barleywine, very much enjoying it.
I have openers regret, feel like itís going to get better. not to worry, I have a few more :).