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 wasnít blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I canít quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I canít explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.
cernjoh (120) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.
jsnicholas (119) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy reddish brown. Smells a little boozy and sweet, but well balanced. This is not a very hoppy brew. Very tasty and a new regular for me.
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!
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.
PalCabral (118) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Rating 2014: Pours reddish brown without head, making the beer look like a glass of berry juice once it has settled. Not a stunning beer to look at. The aroma reminds me of fortfied wine, thereís that touch of alcohol, but also of fruit cake and some smoke. In fact, the most similar beers I could think of are strong scottish ales where the yeast imparts a slightly smoky scent. The beer taste goes along with previous years, the yeast imposes itself with the alcohol, providing tastes of dried fruit, then comes the balancing bitterness. Itís still quite a full beer. Not as good as previous years, IMHO - donít know why. I have saved a bottle of each year since 2009. I will give review of the years in a later review. Itís a good beer.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful. Lovely deep amber color with a nice creamy tightly bubbled tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice - mildly of burnt sugar and a little roastiness. Rasputin lurking below the surface, but kept at bay. Taste is deep and rich. Smell is pretty malty, but taste is more balanced. Slightly drying, hop finish. Can taste that gravity a bit. Totally digging this brew - should be a staple in everyone's cellar.