civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage. Pours a deep red color with little head--but lasts. Aroma is sweet-of licorice, caramel, and malt. Flavor is of licrice, malt, and maple. As it warms, alcohol a little more noticeable but so is the maple. An excellent brew.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
í09 12 oz bottle pours dark amber with minimal head into a snifter. Aroma of faded caramel malt, some raisin, apple, bit of booziness, molasses. Kind of an odd nappiness in the aroma that I didnít find appealing... meh. Taste starts with plumb, caramel malt which gives way to spiced apples, finishing boozy and spicy. Soft carbonation with a slick feeling on the palate; medium to full body. Is this really a barley wine? It seems similar, but the profile is significantly different than many other barley wines Iíve had. Either way, I found it comparatively off putting in both aroma and flavor. Tremendously overrated in my opinion.
CarlJonas (228) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage. Smells and looks a little like stale Coca Cola only browner. OK, that might be a bit harsh, thereís also notes of liquorice and chocolate, in fact it reminds me a lot of a milk chocolate coated sweet liquorice candy that is somewhat of a personal favourite. The taste is wondrously complex registering all over the tongue. Compared to when I had it a year ago, Iíd say some of the alcohol sweetness has worn of leaving more space for the other flavours to shine through. And although I liked it a lot then I like it even more now.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage, red-auburn with a moderate tan head. Love barleywine noses, and this was a nice potpourri. Like a fruit stand inside a flower shop, plus generous hops and barley. Flavors were thick, sticky sweet and strong, nicely balanced and followed the aroma profile. Alcohol was not as whelming as I thought 12.5% would be, and it didnít feel like it was destroying my enamel the way other barleywines sometimes do.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008. Pours dark amber, minimal white head. Malty aroma, caramel. Taste is malty, caramel, raisin. I didnít find the malt well balanced with the hops. I wasnít impressed at all, didnít find it nearly as complex as ratings would indicate, maybe a bad batch or needed more cellering time.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amberish copper color, very light almost no head. Strong aroma, alcohol, malts, and fruit. Flavor was strong and malty, with hints of the fruit in there as well, maybe a bit too strong for me, but not too bad overall.
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish orange with an off white head. Nose is malty and almost stale smell. Taste is huge malt then finish with some hops. Can taste alcohol as would expect for an 11.7%
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it.
Mr_Abner (221) - Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a murky reddish brown. Off white head. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, malts, some alcohol. Tastes similar. Moderately sweet followed by a moderate bitterness. Medium bodied; average carbonation; lasting, lightly bitter finish.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Poured a deep reddish mahagony with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is very pungent, caramel dipped cherries come to mind. There is also is mellow alcohol aroma that does not burn like some high alcohol beers but is still strong and almost makes me feel drunk just smelling it. Flavor is suprisingly smooth for a 13.25% abv beer, though it is still strong, it has a mellow caramel malt base with light roasted flavors hiding in the shadows. Hops are there though not at any kind of barleywine quantity. Sweet though balanced with the high alcohol. The burn of the alcohol is similar to a well aged single malt, you know its there but it is does not burn to the point of being undesirable. I prefer the 2005 vintage, but this is still one hell of a beer. Would be interesting to try sfter 5 to 10 years of aging.