adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cherry, sweet aroma. Honey aftertaste. It seems like it can't make up its mind whether or not it wants to be a christmas ale, or a stout.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark ruby/brown with a sall whit head. sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. flavor was malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bitterness. mouthfeel was medium to full.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an outstanding malty barleywine. The aroma is of sweet fruit and warm caramel. The flavor is a combination of sweet, velvety malt and noticeable port like qualities with hints of dark, earthy fruit. The palate is cloying and dry, and smooth, but not syrupy. Fans of English style barleywine should seek this beer out.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage from bottle: Aroma of raisins, wet cardboard, cherries, spice and slight leather. Appearance is garnet with a minimal head and almost no lacing. Taste is sweet, spicy, then hot unsurprising for a nearly 12% beer. Palate is thick and syrupy with a bit of burn as it goes down. A nice beer, I was surprised at the slight oxidation considering itís only a year old but it tastes good and will warm you up.
Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vintage 2007. Shared bottle @ Cardinal. medum/dark amber in color with smooth carbonation. Aroma full of malts and caramel. Smooth carbonation, and smooth malt richness. Great vintage, and one of the best barley wines Iíve ever tried!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle so this has not been aged yet. Pours deep red with very little head or lacing. Aroma of berries, cognac, sweet malt and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is quite different than many american hop forward barleywines. This is like a fine liquor. Fruity, sweet, and with an alcohol kick. Truly a sipping beer, and that is coming froma guy who drinks Yeti at the same rate as a Molson.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005 bottle: Let it be known Iím not the biggest fan of the style. Enter the cloudy line where brandy and beer meet. Great looking beer, dark red, with tiny little bubbles underneath a tannish head. Simple smell of moldy brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and syrupy. Sugar dates, faint roasted malt, little bitter hops all topped off with a ton of brown sugar. Too sweet.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006, 13.25% ABV
For a new guy this beer almost put me on my ass. Also this was very drinkable for a 13% beer. The smell "nose" was ok, could be better. This was probably the third beer i tried since expanding my horizons and i just think it weakened all other beers. Yeah, I said it.
Steely (241) - , SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/brown color with creamy and fizzy beige head, quickly disappearing with no trace in the glass. Thick sweet aroma with roasted malt, burnt sugar, toffee and newly-baked juicy dark bread. Rich very sweet malt flavor with hints of syrup, brown sugar and dark bread. A dominating alcohol-warming finish.