WeeHeavySD (3356) - 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.
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.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. Nearly opaque brown-black with a half-finger head that settles to a fine web of lace. Dry yeast, sour cherry, and light wine aroma. Flavor is dominated by the same, with some light oak, coffee, caramel, and chocolate notes trying to peek through. Lingering aftertaste that allows the malt flavors in is the best part. Medium body is smooth, watery, acidic-tingly, and finishes dry. Interesting and good, not great. Much better options out there for the price of this winey beer.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish black with thin tan color head. Aroma was strong sour grapes and very wine like. Taste was sour grapes with offsetting malts and strong alcohol warming.
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
1FastSTi (3220) - 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.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a deep, opaque mahogany red color; mostly headless with a touch of patchy lacing. Tannic red fruits, vinous notes, a touch of cheesiness, and complex lightly toasted malts in the aroma; reminiscent of BFM Bon Chien 2005. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; red fruits, lightly tannic vinous notes, a touch of warming alcohol and overall a complex, red-fruit-dominated palate. Lengthy finish: red fruits and red wine, touch of tannins and bread.
alexanderj (3196) - Gilbert, Arizona, 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.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, 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.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown almost black with a small beige ring. Nose of tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and some dark fruits. Brew was much more sour than anticipated, very tasty none the less. Finish was actually quite light and crisp for a Barley Wine, Sour Ale ......what ever you want to call it.