blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring into the pilsner is a beautiful reddish colored ale, creating a really nice head. It smells very malty and upon the 1st tase, a slight taste of licorice hits the back of your throat. A very good and smooth ale
elosop (158) - 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.
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2011, poured 7/12/2012. Beautiful Red/Amber color. Low carbonation. High alcohol taste and aroma.
Appearance: amber/red, clear, minimal head
Taste: light sweetness, alcohol
Palate: full body, creamy, flat
yackery (156) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2010 vin 12oz bottle. Pencil-thin, fresh, sandy head soon dissolves to a speck or two of foam. It’s an inviting amber color, though murky, but prettily translucent: a lot like looking though a gem, actually. The taste surprised me because it is a pale blend, but it is a perfect one for my preference of stout. While the ABV 11.7% - 30% more than the same brewer’s Imperial Russian Stout, Old Rasputin - subdues the nose to almost nothing (no - no boozy knee-jerk), the most prevalent aroma is coffee / toffee. This beer forgoes the oil of Old Rasputin for alcohol but sacrifices nothing to satisfying the palate. At this proof, this beer is made for sipping. But each sip is for savoring.
The glass empties to the last, most sensual sip - port notes. The well-nursed "dregs" of a glass of this barleywine are the most satisfying. Exquisite!
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the last bottle of a 6-pack I bought in 2001. Brown and murky with almost no head. Flavor is bready, caramel, raisins and maybe apricott. Alcohol is present but it is quickly wiped away by a very smooth, malty finish.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hints of butterscotch in the nose. Medium/dark brown color. Fast, minimal head. Very malty, sweet with a some alchohol flavor. LONG tasty finish... I LIKE it.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesn’t do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.
ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off white head that lasts. Smells of honey and oak. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of honey, dried fruit, and rye. Buries 12 percent alcohol.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasn’t able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as I’ve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either.