JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head. Caramel malt nose with some hop. Malty flavor with grassy hops and some caramel before a bitter, earthy finish.
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@GABBF2010. Clear amber color/ thin tan head. Spicy caramel, sharp pit fruit aromas. medium body. Flavor follows the smell with spicy caramel, sweet tart pit fruits, and a slight metallic off flavor...
Strykzone (6630) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. At 4 Hands. Orange brown with a big bubbled head. A nicely hopped nose. Big biting hops are tasted but it is also smooth. Huge malt profile. Fruit is big but cannot quite compete with the hops. Very good but just a bit over done.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   Reddish side of amber, moderate finely bubbled head, nice lacing.   Malty nose, a little caramel and citrusy hops.   A little caustic up front, raw and green.   Seems to have a lot of citric rind bitterness and a bit of astringency.   Its not too strong, but this one says young.   Could stand to be a bit heavier on the tongue.   Wished that it was a bit sweeter too.   Lots of raw rind bitterness on the exit.   This one needs to be a bit maltier to age.   Tiz okay, but it’s a bit brash.
reebtogi (5590) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bomber pours amber in color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus and caramel with some earthy and grainy notes. Taste is a citrus and earthy hop bitterness with a fruit and caramel malty sweetness with a light alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation for the style. Overall, a very nicely done barley wine that is hoppier than most beers of this style, but still balanced and not too over the top. Highly recommended.
dwyerpg (5536) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma doesn’t have that delicious molasses, but other than that, this was stellar. A great Barley wine molasses flavor that isn’t too sweet or heavy. Went down quick.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark plum amber. Ghostly head. Moderate alcohol and hop spice nose. Dry body. Some alcohol. Nice but a bit tame. A nice fruitiness. You could wake up in March without knowing what happened. Sneaky.
hayduke (4749) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass red brown with a beige form cap. Nose of fruit, and some citrus. Goodness knows what else but there are other aromas. there. Very full body. Flavor is malts, raisins maybe, and citrus for sure. Finish is fruity and somewhat bitter. Almost overwhelming in the complexity of flavors but there is almost too much going on. A bit rough overall, but still OK.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... [2009 vintage] Poured dark amber with an pff-white head. Still fairly hoppy with two years on it. But the hops played off like they were stale -- old hop flavor. Toasted almonds, little bit of buttery lettuce and cabbage. Mild carbonation and a little boozy. Some yeast notes towards the end. It was alright, but I don’t think this is true to Barleywine style. Perhaps American Strong.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Toronado barleywine fest 2010, listed as "Ninkasi Barleywine," which I assume is this beer. Pours reddish amber with an off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is very hop-forward compared to many of the others at the fest. Rough citrusy and grassy hops, typical profile for Ninkasi. Just a little sweet malt. Flavor is caramel malt and loads of citrusy and grassy hops. Some light fruits as well. Medium-plus bodied, really palate-wrecking with all those hops. Pretty good overall, but not a standout.