extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Carmelly orange color with a small whitish head. Aroma shows a lot of alcohol with some very sweet, fruity notes and a bit of floral hops. Lots of sour orange juice flavor mixed with alcohol with hops present mainly in the finish. Syrupy but a little thin on the palate.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle. Pours a nice deep reddish amber color, slightly cloudy. Medium tan head that dissipates quickly into a constant thin head with very little lacing at all. Aroma is quite oaky with a bit of alcohol and a little raisin and prune.as well Very smooth up front, just a bit of sweet malt. The carbonation is noticable in the mouth feel, leading to a nice silky body. The aftertaste is got quite a an alcohol bite, leaves you puckering a bit even if it finishes quickly, seems a bit young but this got better as it warmed as well. Not much of an alcohol burn, just a twang and then it was gone.
PalCabral (111) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 2012: Pours mahogany brown with a thin head that disappears quite quickly. The aroma is candy and fruit cake. Taste is strong of alcohol, bitterness, dried fruit. Full mouthfeel. Long aftertaste. Itís one of my favorite beers this and I have saved a bottle of each year since 2009. I will give review of the years in a later review. Itís a good beer.
dphoxie (110) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had the 750 - tsunami relief bottle. Pretty stoked to drink this, I have been getting into bigger more barleywine type brews lately. Overall I wasnít blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I canít quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I canít explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.
loseratheart (110) - USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet aroma,malt and alcohol . Amber red color light brown head. Very thick palate almost chewy. Taste matches the aroma. Very sweet, lots of malt and alcohol reminds me more of a dopple bock then a barly wine. A very nice beer. Iíll have to try this vintage again in a year or two and see how it ages.
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby colored, no head to speak of. Malty aroma. Thick, full mouthfeel with almost no hops. Clean finish. A nice warmer.
Mrnoluv (108) - 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.
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2006 bottle (11.6%) pours thick hazy amber with a quickly dissipating tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, butterscotch, malts, and raisins. Smooth palate consisting of sweet malts, caramel, and bourbon/scotch. Great easy to drink barley wine character.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2003 vintage. Deep amber with thin beige head, sweet honeyed aroma with some cooked veggies. Flavor rather ordinary some caramel and almonds with a hot finish. Average to just below average barley wine (IMHO)
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2000 - Deep ruby, almost brown in color with a solid cream head which leaves a thin Brussels lace. Intense aromas of caramel, dark fruit and sherry. Very port-like in flavor with a rich sweet malty taste and a well rounded bitterness. An extremely soft and rounded palate. The alcohol is cloaked very well but shows some presence in the finish. Intense.