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, didnít 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.
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.
truebluehes (199) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle. Aroma is very malty, caramel, roasty, molasses, raisin, woody.... can smell the alcohol too. Appearance is a nice deep reddish brown with minimal head that thins quickly. Taste is of heavy caramel/molasses, alcohol, sweet malts.... fairly full. Had a bottle right away and one a year after... aged nicely after 1st year.
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Den var väl sådär. Funkar i brist på annat. Snygg flaska och hyfsat bra pris.
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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 Iíve 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 didnít find the alcohol to be overwhelming at all. Noticable for sure...but not overkill. A great beer for a cold winter night. Iím gonna get my hands on some so I can see how it ages. I tried it (about 6 times) at the GABF last weekend. :-)
POD (198) - USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 12 oz bottle poured into glass dark amber with quickly dispersing head. Heavy raiseny aftertaste and noticiable high alcohol content. This one made my liver quiver. I can only recommnend this ale for real men.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 12oz btl. Pours a deep mahogany with a decent white head. A sweet aroma of candied dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Slightly hot but palate overall is tasty. Lots of candied fruit, sweet caramel, and a hint of nuttiness. Spice of the alcohol is pleasant and warming. Pretty delicious overall.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red color with amber highlights. Carbonation is fine, but plentiful, and the head is a yellow/cream color. Lacing is sticky -- the head dies to a fine layer. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel with fruity esters and some real ?Juicy Fruit? notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied, thick and syrupy. Flavor is sweet at the start, caramel, with a blunt hop presence and a lingering but pleasant bite at the finish.
IMHO: Intense, but not over the top. A nice balance of characteristics -- not subtle. I would recommend this beer to the barleywine lover.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 2005--Huge soft white head that slowly fades to about a half a fingerís width. The nose is one of a typical European barley wine --all malt. A sweetness builds, but i will have to say it is muted compared to when I had this same brew in the winter of 2005, just before Christmas. At the front end it has a burnt caramel/fruit that just is the perfect strength. There is some bitterness here, but the malt is king in this brew. This is much better with age. I let this one sit for two years, and I donít think it will get any better.
06--it gets even better. It is not over the top sweet, and the alc is hidden well. It does have a hefty body, with moderate bitterness. There is sweetness with a toffee like and mild nuttiness to it.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great malty flavor, with a mellow alcohol presence. Noticable but not overpowering hops, great color ... had after diner; a great finish.