Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Pours dark orange with a huge fizzy tan head. Aroma is predominantly maple syrup/brown sugar, but an earthy note and some plums sneak in there, accented by a nice doughy, yeastyness. As it warms, toffee creeps in too, which gives the aroma a much better context. Starts sweet with a little kick of alcohol, which expands. Bitterness follows, not overstated, but present. The aftertaste is nicely drawn out, but not too cloying, almost tasting like half-baked bread. Throughout, the texture is smooth, almost oily. The carbonation is a little on the tingly side, but this will mellow with age.
On the whole, I didn’t know what to expect when I first tried this, and I was completely taken aback. A very good beer. Now I need to go find more to keep for a while.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2009 2008 vintage, 12-oz bottle Marcello’s Lafayette, La - Aroma: alcoholic, earthy, fruity; caramel, bready, nutty (roux?); Flavor: complex malt of of sweet, salty, slight dried fruit, caramel, bread, brown sugar, (malt), bitter (hop), alcoholic; Appearance: brown color, tan head (quickly reduces); Mouthfeel: full bodied, high carbonation; Overall: complex malty sweet and alcoholic (no harshness) with some bitter flavor beer.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
superb beer but not for the weak of heart. extremly high alcohol content for a beer you can get at the grocery store. defintely one of the best beers i’ve had.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice at one year of aging and all that stuff that goes with a barley wine.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Bottle. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar. Pours a woody brown color with thin tan head. Taste is rich. Some raisin, molasses, and pine resin. Overall a nice deep flavor, without being over the top.
dphoxie (120) - 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 wasn’t blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I can’t quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I can’t explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with virtually no head. It has a scent of malts and some oak, with some alcohol present as well. The initial flavor rapidly progresses from a quick hoppy bite to sweet malts to a somewhat oaken, alcoholic finish.
This is a great, top class barley wine, not over the top hoppy like some I have had. The only thing that prevented me from rating this higher was the fact that I could sense the alcohol as much as I did. I am laying down the rest of my 4 pack to age for a while, hopefully it will mellow out and be even better!
Lectvay (119) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 bottle at Brewforia Eagle. Pleasant malty sweetness, smooth for 11.9% but slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, doesn?t seem right for this style.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of plums, cherries, and alcohol with a hint of caramel. Flavor is of plums, apples, cherries and sugar with a slight spicey finish. Mouthfeel is very thin and light. Pretty good stuff.
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winterfest. Very sweet caramel flavor. Some booziness, but still very easy drinking with a slightly spicy finish. Old ale is really becoming a favorite style of mine. Sorry for the vague review, but I was very busy that day.