Vestlake (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didnít like much about this beer. It was my first Barley Wine and I obviosly donít get the style. I guess if you like the style, youíll like this well enough.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
crhensel (138) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle 2011 vintage) Pours a murky dark amber with a full finger tan head that fell fast. The nose is very subtle for a barleywine, but had hints of earth and some prune/plum that was very pleasant. Itís very rich in the mouth with a pleasant caramel malt flavor up front, and a very nice warming from the alcohol at the finish. The flavor sticks around for a while, but thatís not a bad thing. An excellent choice on a very cold night!