ncyankee (22) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 2004 vintage. This was my fourth different Barley wine, and by far the best and most balanced. Mellow, sweet caramel taste and aroma is dominant with very low carbonation. This almost tastes like a brandy or cognac. The brewerís recommendation is to serve at room temperature and the flavor became even better as it warmed. This is a very drinkable barley wine and the alcohol taste is less dominant than in others I have tasted, at 11.4% it WILL bite you.
ndel40 (22) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hint of caramel with a smooth finishÖ the alcohol is masked on finish by the slightly fruity flavor. Overall, a very good beer.
papat444 (21) - Mercier, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry for this one!
Pours a nice dark brown body with minimal head and lacing. Smell is malt & sweet. Taste is creamy, chewy and sweet but not overbearing. Caramel and malt round it off. Very drinkable for a high 13.5 ABV. I wasnít blown away but was not let down either. Would recommend.
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12oz.(2006 release)Boy you can smell the heat in this one, a very malty aroma, and of corse the strong barley wine smell. The flavor is strong with a killer warming affewct. Canít have to many of these in one night though. Give this one a try itís definetley a big beer.
stevec (21) - Galena, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from distributor, 2005 bottle.
Wow, any description does it no justice. Enjoy this with a meal, alcohol will overwhelm an empty palate.
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle ... This is one of those that i can tell is an excellent brew but i just dont like drinking ...
the website says to drink it at room temperature but the alcohol just kicks too much that warm i think ...
at any rate it has great flavors well ballanced, but (i think) too present alcohol ...
im cellaring the rest to see what happens
Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This will be my first rating- great site going here! I have a 2004 bottle. It pours copper with orange hues. The head is beige and diminishes quickly. I love the English flavor; when compared to American barleywines it is noticably different. Hop bitterness is low though the fuggles flavor is unmistakable. It has a very warming alcohol flavor, when combined with the non-existant head it makes for a very wine-like beer (even compared to other barleywines). Sounds negative but I love the uniqueness, one of my favorite brews!
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 run. Poured nicely but with very little head. Great smells from this one, it warmed me up prior to even tasting it, when I did I was impressed with itís complexities. Flavors of dark fruits for sure and of course a standard sweetness associated with the style. As my glass emptied though, I found there to be an almost brandy like flavor to it (this isnít a abd thing in my opinion) the alcohol became more and more noticable as I sipped. Even the wife dug this one. I was quite pleased when I didnít expect to be.
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly my favorite Barley Wine. More similar to an English beer than some of the other U.S. interpretations, IMO. Heavy, full mouthfeel, more malt sweetness than hops in the balance. Brownish hue, with an almost carmel-like flavor. A real warmer, ABV reasonably well hidden.
BarleyBob (18) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I sampled the 2007 vintage. It poured a dark brown color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma was a wonderful mixture of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel. The taste was almost all malt with the above flavors, and almost no discernable hop flavors. With the high alcohol content and the very sweet flavors, this ale was almost too intense for me right now. This is a brew that should mellow out and improve with age.