maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Slightly hazy brown body with a thin off-white head. Tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit, caramel and cherry flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark brown body wtih a small frothy light brown head. Big spice and molassas aroma with some rasins. Dark rum soaked fruit, some caramel, molassas and yeast. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
Bottle at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Cloudy dark brown body with a small white head. Big caramel and molassa aroma. Slightly sour caramel and molassas flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. 7/4/6/3/13 - 3.3
Nuffield (3754) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of cherry, for sure, with notes of smoke and salami--very meaty. Thicky beer with roasted qualities, almost viscous. Coffee-like finish. Plenty of complexity and rather good considering that some Italian beers disappoint relative to the price-point. (This is still overpriced....) Bottle.
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The wife picked this up for me at Dirty Johns, I had high expectations.... and they were met.
The beer pours a nice deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma immediately greets the nose with that old familiar barnyard funk with notes of good red wine and lots of tobacco and oak. The flavor maintains the very nice sourness throughout and the alcohol is very well hidden. The flavor once again has those hints of tobacco and some cherry with plenty of red wine and some cherry like tartness finishing with a good dark dry fruity raisin like character. I highly recommend this!
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark brown, light tan ring, but not a ton to look at... the nose is awesome, a hint of sour vinegar, oak, red wine, a bit caramel... all that bursting aroma on the nose is gone on the taste, really boring and disappointing, light caramel with a typical americanish sour yeast note, generic oak, tastes watered down... to thin... great start, horrendous finish, pass
TheEpeeist (3463) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of bubbles. Nose is mild vinegar, oak and red wine. Medium light almost still. Taste is watery wine, cherry and caramel. Bland for a barleywine but very smooth.
alexanderj (3381) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; I think this is my first beer from Italy. Color was a nice dark, reddish-cola brown. Head was off white in color. Aroma was heavy on fruit, oak with a definite tartness presence. Thought I could pick up a bit of spice. Flavor was definite unusual for a barley wine, I am guessing its due to the wine aging. To me it just didn’t work that well and I just couldn’t get myself to really like it. Flavor was dominated by the oak/fruit flavors; a bit harsh; would have liked the underlying beer to shine through a bit better.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBSG. Pours dark brown with a ring of a tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet with a bit of tartness.
1FastSTi (3342) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a dark brown body that’s got a thin tan head. The aroma has a tangy barrel and dry cocoa powder. This flavor is like a Flanders red meets an Irish dry stout. Light woody barrel. Very good mixture of flavors. The palate is tangy but not tart. Dry tartness. It’s nice to read others ratings on this because I thought I was crazy when I read that this was a Barley Wine. It is "weird" but really quite good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an extremely dark cola brown color. A bubbly, swirly, cream colored head leaves behind minimal, sudsy spotting. The aroma is fantastic, showing a wide spectrum of well integrated elements. Dry and sweet cocoa is accompanied by a touch of dark caramel, with tons of vanilla laden oak, vinous dark fruits, rum cake, and even hints of black cherry. I could smell this all day. The aroma really hypes you up for the first sip, which is unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Still very good, the sourness from the vinous elements overtakes the cocoa and caramel sweetness just a bit too much. The barrel has obviously exerted significant influence over this brew. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one finishes on the dry side for a barley wine, with a lingering tartness that is quite unique. Overall, a very cool brew that smells looks, smells, and feels wonderful, but gets a bit muddled when it comes to flavor. Still a great brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at dak’s 9/5/10.
dark woody brown color with a quickly disappearing head.
sour fruity nose... grapes maybe... along with malt sweetness, herbs, wood and smoke.
strange sour flavor as well... it is not overwhelming but it is definitely there... mixed with notes from the aroma. feels like it is missing something.
thin-medium body feels watery and disappointing. 6/3/5/2/13