Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the more enjoyable barleywines consumed on the night of Rob’s fantastic barleywine tasting. A nice way to break the Lenten fast. Nice mahogany hue with notes of toffee and bacon fat on the nose. Vicose, fruity (orange peel, citron, dried cherry) and a nice lingering hop finish. Well done.
Savage_Night (426) - 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.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, booze. Similar taste.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very sweet aroma, almost sickeningly so. Nice dark coloring, combining almost no head with a very nice mahogony color. Very sweet flavor, much more than I was expecting. Doesn’t show the alcohol, which is nice, but the flavor is a little overpowering for me. Doesn’t really compare with the Full Sail barleywine.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown/amber. Aromas of dried fruit and alcohol. Fruity up front, lots of figs and hints of citrus. Hops not prevalent, but there. Alcohol and finishing bitterness tingle the tongue.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma had coriander and dark fermented fruit, and caramel. The flavor had the same. The beer poured a reddish brown color w/ no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.
MrDick (371) - 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?
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.)
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.