Sammy (7040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barleywine it is also major hoppy and ringwood yeast and Candylike malting. Very drinkable and satisfying. Was fresh off the line served up by Old Marcus
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light maltiness and slightly phenolic on the nose. Red,golden and hazy with very little head.Rich and complex, sweet but balanced, dry and long lingering on the finish.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz @Tampa Weekly Gathering-that I brought-pours a retaining tan head and amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, herbal. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, spice/herbal hops bite.
tomthompson89 (1795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
amber color not much foam, nose is sweet almost bublegum, citrus caremel . Flavor is hoppy but still good malts on the backbone good mouthfeel, smooth mouthfeel. really nice beer
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Vintage, Pours dark copper to muddy brown in color and quite cloudy. Sweet malt aromas of caramel, white grapes, prunes and over ripe berries. Tastes of sweet maltiness with a warm alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected and I cannot discern any hop flavors, both probably due to age. A nicely aged barley wine that I would definitely hope to try fresh as well.
thekmoonlegend (115) - Lynn, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this in a growler from the brewery, and bottled. Poured a dark orang-amber with moderate head. Smelled sweet and had a weak alcoholic aroma mixed in with the malts and some hints of fruit. Medium-bodied, and tasted of malts, very smooth and went down warm, but not too much alcohol taste. I had this beer over the summer, but I think it would be best enjoyed during the winter months.
randomgarbage (1320) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice ruby color with a thick off white head. Strong malty and hop aroma. flavor has caramel, hops, banana, clove, and a bit of sweet fruit. Finishes mildly bitter, no hint of the abv. Nice!
AKThunder (152) - New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very hoppy Barleywine that is balanced by equally bitter taste. Very good and would recommend this to any Barleywine drinkers.
billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had never heard of this until I saw at the store today. Aroma has a brief hint of alcohol first, then the hops and fruity undertones set in. The aroma is a sign of things to come as the flavor hits you briefly with alcohol, then the hops set in. Not much in the way of maltiness to speak of, however, while itís hoppy, itís not overbearing like a Bigfoot or Old Crustacean. The carbonation is low, little lacing and a non-existent head.
Indra (2476) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle, 2004 vintage. Enticing and complex aroma, fruity, sweet and lightly tart, nearly lactic, with suggestions of berry (strawberry, cranberry, raspberry), pomegranate, bubblegum, light brown sugar, faint cinnamon-like spices, red wine, dried, leafy, minty herbs, peppery alcohol and a light, woody yeast element underneath it all. Deep, dark red-orange color, lightly hazy, with a very slight, fine head. Flavor profile is darkly fruity to start, some light citrus noted as well, becoming sweeter midway, the rich malts infused with a certain hop spiciness and for the drying finish, developing some mild bitterness and alcoholic warmth. Lingering fruit aspect and faint tartness, perhaps some very slight acidity and even some mild roastiness very late. Character on the palate is quite smooth and clean, body is appropriately full. This is nearly great, but as it stands is merely very good. Good do with slightly better flavor integration, something I donít guess aging would correct since the hops are already dropping out of the frame as is, and this unique Barleywine does seem to benefit from their presence. I would certainly think it worthwhile to experiment with different vintages and the effects of proper aging on them, however.