TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06 bottle- Nice warming beer, great sipper for winter. Poured red-brown with light brown head. I get carmel, maple, and alcohol out of this one. Solid beer had to drink it before the bourbon barrel just to see the difference. This version of old stock seems empty after drinking the BB version. The body seemed to thin for me. The finish is all alcohol too.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of malt, toffe and cherrys. The apperance is nicly red with a medium head. Tha flavor is of toffe and is bitter and sweet at the same time. The beer has overall a bit to weak aroma and the alcohol i shining threw but is still a very good beer.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 2005 Bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Taste was of brandy, caramel candy, malt, some dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Both a sweet and a bitter. A complex beer, much more to be savored on a cold winter night. Tuck íer away in the cellar, and I can only imagine MORE complexity. $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. Probably worth double! Enjoy!!!
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008, 12oz bottle, new label. Pours hazy dark reddish brown, thin head, low carbonation. Alcohol taste not readily apparent. Less sweet more hops than some barley wines. I’m enjoying this.
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a rich amber, almost orange. Limited, and quickly disipating head. Little fruit on the nose, with a rich, warm sweet taste. Very easy drinking for the abv.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogany with lasting one-finger head. Quite lacy. Aroma of navel oranges, pineapple, & obvious alcohol. Flavor seriously sweet, becoming warmly alcoholic (a bit much, I must admit), then woody w/hops. Might need aging. Lovely mouthfeel--not too thick, and perfect, medium carbonation.
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a beautiful deep red color. The faint aroma is of cherries, toffee and malt.Taste is spicy, bitter and sweet, and contains toffee, malt, cake dough and caramel. Alcohol shines through a bit in the finish. This is the way I want my barley wine! Not overly bitter and without the malty notes coming through, as in this years bigfoot. Since itís already enjoyable fresh, Iíd wager itíd be fantastic after a year or so in the cellar.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage, fairly hard poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
Pours a dark amber with golden hues and a two finger off-white head. Delicious aroma of caramel and toffee, perhaps a bit of brown sugar and booze. Opens with the smooth taste of caramel, honey, sherry joined by ripe, dark fruit and biscuity tones and finishes ultra-smooth. Pleasant boozy warmth is present throughout. On the lighter side of full-bodied, syrupy with enough carbonation to make itself known with an occasional tickle of the tongue, extremely smooth and silky. Highly enjoyable and a fantastic example of an American-brewed old ale.