opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers Iíve had the pleasure of drinking in my life! This stuff is BIG! Big alcohol. Big flavor. Big nose. Big mouthfeel. Yet smooth and easy to drink in my opinion. I didnít find the alcohol to be overwhelming at all. Noticable for sure...but not overkill. A great beer for a cold winter night. Iím gonna get my hands on some so I can see how it ages. I tried it (about 6 times) at the GABF last weekend. :-)
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong barley wine. Lots and lots of candied fruit. One-dimensional (in this candied fruit kind of way). The syrupy fruit gets boring after a while.
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Den var väl sådär. Funkar i brist på annat. Snygg flaska och hyfsat bra pris.
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rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 12oz btl. Pours a deep mahogany with a decent white head. A sweet aroma of candied dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Slightly hot but palate overall is tasty. Lots of candied fruit, sweet caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spice of the alcohol is pleasant and warming. Pretty delicious overall.
POD (198) - USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 12 oz bottle poured into glass dark amber with quickly dispersing head. Heavy raiseny aftertaste and noticiable high alcohol content. This one made my liver quiver. I can only recommnend this ale for real men.
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle (2011) - Where do I start? While I loved the smell, appearance, and mouthfeel of this beer, the powerful taste of sweet syrup just couldnít be ignored. It is possible that I got a batch that hadnít been handled properly. Oh, certainly I know that Iím in the minority here, but I know barley wine. I absolutely love Old Foghorn and Bigfoot, but this was freakiní ridiculously sweet....at the moment of tasting it. Maybe similiar to someone on a salad diet drinking a coke for the first time in months, .... and it tastes so SWEET. I may store this and re-rate after some time. Merci beaucoup.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 2005--Huge soft white head that slowly fades to about a half a fingerís width. The nose is one of a typical European barley wine --all malt. A sweetness builds, but i will have to say it is muted compared to when I had this same brew in the winter of 2005, just before Christmas. At the front end it has a burnt caramel/fruit that just is the perfect strength. There is some bitterness here, but the malt is king in this brew. This is much better with age. I let this one sit for two years, and I donít think it will get any better.
06--it gets even better. It is not over the top sweet, and the alc is hidden well. It does have a hefty body, with moderate bitterness. There is sweetness with a toffee like and mild nuttiness to it.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish.
IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 big alcohol nose with vanilla and caramel,malty sweet some peppery spicyness.Medium body excellent english style barley wine