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.
Alexus (241) - 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!
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Bottle. 2008 Vintage. Just breaking into my first of two four packs from 2008 and it does not disappoint. Essentially a very traditional English style barleywine that is done exceptionally well. Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with almost no head. Huge malty nose with aromas of candied sugar, dark fruit, toffee and caramel. The flavor is malt dominated and has a bit of everything including rum cake, overly ripe plums, dates, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of raisin. Hops are subtle and used nicely to give just enough bitter kick to balance out all the malt flavors. Beautiful texture to this one that is slightly syrupy and viscous like every respectable barleywine should be. Finish is slightly fizzy and faintly warming. The 12.5% ABV is essentially imperceptible. Simply put Old Stock is the chronic and a must for every beer cellar.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002. This one held help nicely. Apple cider unfiiltered appearance. Caramel and fig with a slight hint of hop. Not as sweet as it once was- must have exhausted the yeast and begun to break down. This results in a dry and fairly clean finish. Glad I sat on it.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am growing to enjoy barley wines. This is one of the finer ones Iíve tasted.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Didnít know what to expect from this one at all. Aroma is sweet, almost like molasses. The head is very small, almost nonexistent in my glass, but the color is a nice deep amber. The taste is totally intense---sweet, almost cloying at times, with lots of malt and some hops too, but not as much as I expected. In that respect, this reminds me more of a concentrated Fullerís Vintage rather than something like Old Foghorn. In other words, I wouldnít know this was a barley wine unless someone told me. I expected much more hops here, especially given the commercial description. I love the taste, but yet I donít. To be honest, it reminds me of cough syrup---the strong, alcohol-based kind. I donít mean that in a bad way, believe it or not. In this mixture, it works, at least to a large extent. There isnít any really hoppy bitterness in this except a brief, sharp moment before the alcohol takes over and numbs everything. It only becomes sweeter as it warms, and a bit more viscous. I like it...alot...or maybe itís the alcohol talking from the bottle I just finished, but I definitely have not tasted anything quite like it before. An acquired taste, to be sure.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
had this on tap, very nice. very very dark. great abv. malts definitely dominate this beer, but time to time that's good.