40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage. Thin head that dissapates quickly. Port wine-like aroma with a hint of caramel. Viscous mouthfeel, sweet winey taste well balanced with an aromatic hoppiness.
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon/sour aroma. Citrus hop aroma present. Malty sweetness gives way to sour flavor. Dark pit fruit taste.
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Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 version poured into a snifter. Looks like a thick, gooey liquid in my glass. Giant aroma of sugar, candy, molasses & alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma. Sweet & syrupy. Subtle flavor of alcohol (almost scotchy) is present throughout. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue.
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truebluehes (179) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle. Aroma is very malty, caramel, roasty, molasses, raisin, woody.... can smell the alcohol too. Appearance is a nice deep reddish brown with minimal head that thins quickly. Taste is of heavy caramel/molasses, alcohol, sweet malts.... fairly full. Had a bottle right away and one a year after... aged nicely after 1st year.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy, wonderfully aromatic and a complex palate are what make this ale worthwhile. Brown in color with a very small head, the aroma is sophisticated but not overwhelming, a perfect balance. The downside is it packs a rather sweet punch at first taste. Malts are a heavy toasted, maple syrup and molasses. Hops make their presence known with plenty of pine. The alcohol is heavy. I wish it didnít try so hard, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 edition. Rich, deep pour with a brown that tips toward black and has a sweet nose of toffee, brown sugar and plum. Palate is velvety thick with a careful amount of carbonation. Flavor is more of the dark richness with a dominating buttery toffee tone throughout. This is excellent. It seems very much in vein with an English barley tradition of layered malts and little hop intrusion. Boozey, blissful and blustery this is one of the best barleywines Iíve had.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
raisiny aroma with a little bit of a boozy smell. There is also an acidity aroma, maybe grapefruit. There is a bit of a metallic flavor, but that is overcome by the yeasty flavor and a barleywine flavor.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. found some 2007 at the store and decided to give it a try. Oak and vanilla flavors are extremely balanced, seems to be almost perfect. Very surprised to how well this is drinking.
zeek (175) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color and clarity not bad, aroma is malty backed by massive alcohol. Looking at label its 11.7% so not surprising. Taste is malt and alcohol, with an alcohol finish.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this in a bottle in Atlanta. Very good stuff though a little on the sweet side. Very drinkinable, but definitel notes of the acohol in it as you would expect with this big of a beer. Iíd get more of it if I could!