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.
Mrnoluv (220) - long beach, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 The 11.7% ABV is a kicker, but the taste is very smooth, just a tad bitter, which is perfect. Great beer, bought it in a 4-Pack, great deal for this kind of beer.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste.
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Careful with this one..... It’ll whip that ass if you aint ready for it.
Muddy, murky brown pour, not much to speak of in the way of a head. Definitely get a bourbon aroma from this one with some malt as well.
Man, this tastes like whiskey. Very strong oaky taste to this along with some sweetness and malt. Finishes pretty hot but that’s to be expected for a 2007. Very warming drink here. Got a few more bottles that I’m putting away for at least 2 more years. This needs aging because its going to be a damn smooth barleywine but its just not there yet.
shonobiwan (218) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle 2011 vintage. This was my first barley wine an it was interesting. It poured a deep cloudy burgundy color with moderate white head. Aroma was of wine, dried fruits and some malts. Taste was along the same lines, but wine/alcohol taste was overwhelming for me and my preference. It is a good brew but a style I would stay away from.
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Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown, slightly hazy towards the end of the pour. Complex nose with malt flavours surrendering to brandy and caramel. Fade to hops at the finish, which is quite clean.
BenDover (216) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is for the 2010 vintage. Pours a lovely ruby shade, with a small amount of dense light tan foam. Aroma is sweet and malty, caramel and some fruit (raisins, dates, figs), very inviting. Taste is very malty, with a noticeable alcohol burn partway through, more fruit like dates and figs, and just a bit bitter on the finish. Great stuff, possibly the best barley wine I’ve had save perhaps for the 2006 Bigfoot.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Second only to Fuller's 1999 in my opinion. Small but rich head, distinctive and strong aroma, very dark and almost black. Very malty taste, bitter but not to any extreme, Absolutely amazing brew.
elosop (212) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mahoganyfärgad med snabbt försvinnande krona. Doftar bränd karamell. Smaken spritig och eftersmaken än mer alkoholanstruken. Eftersmaken lång, bränd kola. Nä, barley wine inget för mig.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit with an excellent, sweet malt profile. High alcohol content is well disguised. Very delicious overall.