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.
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
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.
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.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2009 2008 vintage, 12-oz bottle Marcelloís Lafayette, La - Aroma: alcoholic, earthy, fruity; caramel, bready, nutty (roux?); Flavor: complex malt of of sweet, salty, slight dried fruit, caramel, bread, brown sugar, (malt), bitter (hop), alcoholic; Appearance: brown color, tan head (quickly reduces); Mouthfeel: full bodied, high carbonation; Overall: complex malty sweet and alcoholic (no harshness) with some bitter flavor beer.
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.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Bottle. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar. Pours a woody brown color with thin tan head. Taste is rich. Some raisin, molasses, and pine resin. Overall a nice deep flavor, without being over the top.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had the 750 - tsunami relief bottle. Pretty stoked to drink this, I have been getting into bigger more barleywine type brews lately. Overall I wasnít blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I canít quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I canít explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with virtually no head. It has a scent of malts and some oak, with some alcohol present as well. The initial flavor rapidly progresses from a quick hoppy bite to sweet malts to a somewhat oaken, alcoholic finish.
This is a great, top class barley wine, not over the top hoppy like some I have had. The only thing that prevented me from rating this higher was the fact that I could sense the alcohol as much as I did. I am laying down the rest of my 4 pack to age for a while, hopefully it will mellow out and be even better!