mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle. Smells of prunes, caramel, malts, coriander, and raisins. Pours a cloudy black tea color with no head and no visible carbonation. Very thick on the palate. Tastes of chocolate, prunes, malts, alcohol, and caramel. Excellent. I’d love to try this again in a year or so.
beeratarian (204) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 on draught at the Brew Kettle. Pours a medium reddish brown with a slight haze. Aroma is sweet dried fruit, molasses, alcohol. Taste is malty medium sweetness, smooth drinking, raisins and prune. Good solid offering but not as good as the 2008.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Wow. This is one for the books. Opened up an ’08 last night. Pours amber with beige head. Nose is lots of oak up front followed by malt, vanilla, dark fruits. Tastes toffee, raisins, vanilla. Much mellowed out over a couple years. Finish pleasantly sticks around reminding first to take another drink, then to lament the loss. Amazing. Bought the last one to take home and stick in the closet for another year....if I can wait.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from the 2006 batch. I was very excited for this three year old barley wine and was very pleased with it. It poured a dark amber color with a half finger width white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma consisted of a LOT of booze with some hops, malt, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste was very strong at the beginning and then rounded out well at the end. I was blown away on my first sip with the amount of alcohol character that it had. As it warmed I started to taste some light, pleasant hops, caramel malt, and maybe some toffee. This was a very "thick" and boozy beer. Overall very good... I would have rated it higher if the alcohol was hidden a bit better though.
brstp (201) - - JAN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle. Dark brown/red color, didn’t pour much head and it dissipated quickly. No lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, alcohol. Taste is of roasted heavy malt, plums, tangy sweet alcohol finish.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 edition. Pours a sloppy pondwater brown...OK, wait a minute, lets call it cloudy reddish-brown, with no real head formation. Immediate fragrance is of chocolate cookies, wet concrete, yeast and molasses. Very malty, sweet and chocolatey. Smooth and mildly carbonated. Finish is good - hops noticeable but not overbearing. Big, nice brew - I can go either way with these English-style barley wines and strong ales but this one is real nice, I’ll try laying some down for another year, but I have a hunch it’s at its peak.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chestnut red with a slight haze. It pours with a minimal tan head that remains as a thin ring of foam around the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of. A somewhat nutty, plum scent dominates the aroma. Just a wonderful toasted malt smell. The taste is sweet as expected, but again the nutty component is very prevalent. Nice plum and cherry fruits appear, along with a biscuit malt flavor. Some hops clean up the finsh, and present a lingering bitterness. The minimal carbonation contributes to the velvety smooth mouthfeel.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong barley wine. Lots and lots of candied fruit. One-dimensional (in this candied fruit kind of way). The syrupy fruit gets boring after a while.
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - OCT 1, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking in my life! This stuff is BIG! Big alcohol. Big flavor. Big nose. Big mouthfeel. Yet smooth and easy to drink in my opinion. I didn’t find the alcohol to be overwhelming at all. Noticable for sure...but not overkill. A great beer for a cold winter night. I’m gonna get my hands on some so I can see how it ages. I tried it (about 6 times) at the GABF last weekend. :-)
Sparf (199) - Östersund, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinös doft som drar åt melass, soja, torkade plommon och en sötaktig honungston. Även lite kemisk schampoton förnimms.
En stor, söt smak med inslag av banan och malt. Känner också toner av belgisk jäst och aning bränt socker. Ingen humle alls.
Mahognyfärg med ett snabbt försvinnande, läskartat skum.
Riktigt bra munkänsla och en fyllighet som höjer känslan.
Precis när man sväljer ringer whiskytoner medan den korta eftersmaken är torvaktig, lätt rökig och torr med viss elegans.