zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage, aged a few months. Pours a hazy deep amber with a moderate off-white head. Light aroma that consists sweet malts, some earthy hops, and a bit boozy. Taste has a small bite up front, malty sweet in the middle, and big boozy finish. Clean mouthfeel with a slight bite on the end. Overall, s big boozy sipping barley that is not overly hopped like some others.
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle-2 years old then. Definietly mellowed out over time. Pours a dark dark red, with a tan head which all but disappears. caramel, alcohol aroma. taste is a caramel malt background, pretty dry though. alcohol in the finish, but barely any hops. maybe its because I just drank a rogue IIPA, but I cant really taste the hops in here. nonetheless, a nice smooth mouthfeel.. dry, and a very tasty barleywine.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. The pour is a deep brownish amber, with little to no head, but has a few lingering tannish bubbles. The nose has very strong alcohol scents, as well as more subtle dark fruit and licorice hints. The flavor is much the same with a fair amount of licorice, and a nice alcohol warming. I would try again and have stored some in the cellar to mature, canít wait to try this with some age on it.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a nice dark amber brownish color
Had a nice small head on it that lingered around till the end.
THe nose was that of candy, boozy, and malty.
Did not know anything about this beer, was new on tap so i tried it. It will kick you in the pants @13+% its definitely a sipper beer. has some good notes of candy but their is a alcoholy taste to it, hence the sipping part.
This warms the gullet up nicely also
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-09-2008 16:40:25
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2003. Pours a deep brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Great aroma of classic "ale". It screams "ale". Itís quite good. Mildly bubbly, but thatís probably held back a little by the íthicknessí. Has a great coating mouthfeel, a dry finish, and a great overall flavor. Nice alcohol warmth. A definite íbuy againí.<P>Update, 1/20/06, 2002 Bottle. Chocolate flavors really come through in this batch. Thick and murky. This one is quite a bit more subdued than the 2003 version. Very pleasant, very drinkable. One of my "craving" beers.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2011 bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby, amberish color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, carmel, bready notes, some booze. As expected for a barleywine, malts overpower the smell. Taste starts with sweet plum, cherry, grapefruit notes. Middle of the mouth the malts show through with carmel and bready flavors. Nice smooth boozy, fruity finish. Nice mouthfeel with lively carbonation and an oily, slick texture. Heavy medium to full body. Complex barleywine. Cannot wait to try it after another year of aging.
PalCabral (123) - 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.
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 didnít 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.
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 iíve 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.