I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brewery never quits! Dark orange color with a tan head. Sweet malts and generous hops. A nicely balanced beer. I had no idea it was 11.4% untill the label started getting blurry.
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 12 oz. bottle is labeled 2004. It pours with a clear dark amber body, and a large, tight tan head with average lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and floral hops, with a touch of alcohol. Palate entry is honey sweet, with mid-palate flavors of beef broth, caramel, toffee, raisin, cherry and fruit esters like ripe banana. The is a nice well-hopped finish with slight alcohol warming. Very good.
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This review is for the 2010 run. The aroma is chalky and malty, medium in body, but not overly enticing. The head is off-white and disappears as if afraid of its own shadow. The brew itself is a gorgeously deep brown. The taste malty and pleasant, but like a bomb going off, I received the most harsh sourness just after the first swig. I was certain that I had happened upon a bad bottle, but taking another, the sourness was not there. It did not appear again until much further into the bottle, and then much less severe. At the bottom of the bottle, the sourness was not to be found. I am certain that the sourness was an anomaly. Silky smooth on the palate, the carbonization is not strong. Overall, an enjoyable ale save for the random attack of sourness that I hope will not be in the next bottle I am sure to have.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle. Nice rich barleywine, dark pour with almost no head. Heady cinnamon and spice aroma. Mouth has a bit too much alcohol on it, but other flavors are quite good.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, and bitter hops, light brown color. Nutty, coffee, brown sugar taste, a very interesting and unusual barleywine. Extremely bitter, while definitely unique, I can't say I cared for the brown sugar flavors in this.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle - Very nice aroma - sweet, apple-like. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small amount of tan head. Very good taste - malty, sweet, alcoholic, figgy. Nice thick mouthfeel. Very nice barley wine.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
wonderfully scented - very sweet, but the taste is less than desirable - a strong very wine like alcohol taste to it, definitiely not what i had in mind when i bought this, give you a nice warm feeling really quick, but only if you can choke it down
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is extremely sweet and overpowering. It didnít have hops at all. I thought it wasnít balanced enough to be so highly rated.
cernjoh (182) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage. Thin head that dissapates quickly. Port wine-like aroma with a hint of caramel. Viscous mouthfeel, sweet winey taste well balanced with an aromatic hoppiness.