Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002. Deep, deep ruby colour. Thin disappating head. Little carbonation. Smells of oak soaked in alcohol. Thick, chewy malt sweetness. Tastes of medicine and coconut. Not as hopped as I would have thought. Very warming, almost burning.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage. Pours a deep red color with little head--but lasts. Aroma is sweet-of licorice, caramel, and malt. Flavor is of licrice, malt, and maple. As it warms, alcohol a little more noticeable but so is the maple. An excellent brew.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
í09 12 oz bottle pours dark amber with minimal head into a snifter. Aroma of faded caramel malt, some raisin, apple, bit of booziness, molasses. Kind of an odd nappiness in the aroma that I didnít find appealing... meh. Taste starts with plumb, caramel malt which gives way to spiced apples, finishing boozy and spicy. Soft carbonation with a slick feeling on the palate; medium to full body. Is this really a barley wine? It seems similar, but the profile is significantly different than many other barley wines Iíve had. Either way, I found it comparatively off putting in both aroma and flavor. Tremendously overrated in my opinion.
Cajun (226) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle (2011) - Where do I start? While I loved the smell, appearance, and mouthfeel of this beer, the powerful taste of sweet syrup just couldnít be ignored. It is possible that I got a batch that hadnít been handled properly. Oh, certainly I know that Iím in the minority here, but I know barley wine. I absolutely love Old Foghorn and Bigfoot, but this was freakiní ridiculously sweet....at the moment of tasting it. Maybe similiar to someone on a salad diet drinking a coke for the first time in months, .... and it tastes so SWEET. I may store this and re-rate after some time. Merci beaucoup.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008. Pours dark amber, minimal white head. Malty aroma, caramel. Taste is malty, caramel, raisin. I didnít find the malt well balanced with the hops. I wasnít impressed at all, didnít find it nearly as complex as ratings would indicate, maybe a bad batch or needed more cellering time.
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish orange with an off white head. Nose is malty and almost stale smell. Taste is huge malt then finish with some hops. Can taste alcohol as would expect for an 11.7%
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amberish copper color, very light almost no head. Strong aroma, alcohol, malts, and fruit. Flavor was strong and malty, with hints of the fruit in there as well, maybe a bit too strong for me, but not too bad overall.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Poured a deep reddish mahagony with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is very pungent, caramel dipped cherries come to mind. There is also is mellow alcohol aroma that does not burn like some high alcohol beers but is still strong and almost makes me feel drunk just smelling it. Flavor is suprisingly smooth for a 13.25% abv beer, though it is still strong, it has a mellow caramel malt base with light roasted flavors hiding in the shadows. Hops are there though not at any kind of barleywine quantity. Sweet though balanced with the high alcohol. The burn of the alcohol is similar to a well aged single malt, you know its there but it is does not burn to the point of being undesirable. I prefer the 2005 vintage, but this is still one hell of a beer. Would be interesting to try sfter 5 to 10 years of aging.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste.