lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
wonderfully scented - very sweet, but the taste is less than desirable - a strong very wine like alcohol taste to it, definitiely not what i had in mind when i bought this, give you a nice warm feeling really quick, but only if you can choke it down
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle - Very nice aroma - sweet, apple-like. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small amount of tan head. Very good taste - malty, sweet, alcoholic, figgy. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very nice barley wine.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is extremely sweet and overpowering. It didn’t have hops at all. I thought it wasn’t balanced enough to be so highly rated.
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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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.
truebluehes (180) - 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.
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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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 didn’t 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 I’ve 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.