OmegaX (1312) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
100th Rating!! Bottle share. Tulip glass. The pour produced a thick, dark brown colored brew with nice lacing that lasted forever. One whiff detected funky/sour notes and a pungent malty and fruity flavor to go with them. Smelled like a sweet red wine in a way. Sour and malty flavors were right in line with the smell. Plums and raisins came forth as well. Semi-dry. Slight hint of alcohol but it was well hidden for the ABV. Quite different for a barley wine, or rather from what Iíve experienced. A sipper for sure. Also, the bottle had high amounts of thick, viscous sediment on the bottle neck/cap.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Bottle share ----> OmegaX. A very stout-like pour into a tulip glass. The head was creamy and tan, providing smooth lacing. The aromas were thick, spicy and zesty. Smelled like barley, malts, apples and spices. The flavor was tangy, dry and again, of sour fruits with a touch of pomegranate. This beer was very complex and strong in itís mature flavors. DEFINITELY meant to be savored.
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Grapes, booze, other vinous characteristics dominate start to finish. Really reminds me of a mediocre wine in many ways. No thanks.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
POurs thick black with notes of wood, earth, and wine. Fruit shows deep on the palate that then drives to a sweet and sticky finish.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chandler. Pours a silky black color with a ruby shade around the edges and a lasting beige ring of foam. Smells more like a sour than a barley wine. Brimming with notes of red grapes, green strawberries, oak, lactose, and malt. Incredibly smooth, but not really right for the style. Interesting.
dyetube (1245) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a dark brown with little to no head. The aroma is oak and molasses. The flavor is oak, and acidic . Taste like a port wine. WAY different than the regular bran! Cheers!
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Spli with Vin. Pours a hazy, opaque chocolate brown with zero head. No lace. Aroma of sour wort, tart cherries, barley, wild yeast, farmhouse, figs and tart. Medium to full bodied with an awesomely sour palate. Finishes slightly dry and boozy. Sick ass Italian barley.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Obtained in one of the Perfect 10 Trades. Walnut colored flat looking brew. Vinous aroma. Strongly so. Vinous taste with a bit of wood. Lightly tart, and sour with some fruity notes to it. At first I did not like it. However it started to grow on me and I finished the bottle. Itís certainly a thin brew and it has wine all through it. The result is somewhat of a clash but ultimately it is one that you can drink if you are in the mood for something outside of the ordinary.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very very wine-like. Oaky, currants, tart, some chocolate. This beer is a mess and not really a beer. Like cranberry and cherry juice.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep mahogany with a very small off-white head. Somewhat faint aroma of oak, chocolate, and some acidic grape fruitiness. Flavor follows and is surprisingly tart with some notes of oak and current, with a touch of cherry and grape. Lightly carbonated body. Unusual, though I expected as much from the Italians, and though wasn’t bad, I’m not dissuaded from enjoying more traditional barley wines more.