SabreSkull (54) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby copper pour, lacing head. Cream and vanilla malt aroma and flavor. Strong ale with cinnamon, caramel and maple. Hot alcohol and a strong boozy finish. Good stuff.
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin head but amazing aroma like someone baking a pie - but itís beer! the color is cloudy caramel amber.
Mouth feel is not as full as you might expect from an 11.7 ABV, but you really donít taste the alcohol. It tastes alot like a dubbel. You get that belgian wiff in the aroma and after taste bitter. You get alot of caramel malt balanced with a grassy dry bitter.
Itís a unique Barley wine and itís very good. I like it better than the Old Rasputin.
Fungrim (52) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2010. Dark, clear red color with small head. Lovely look to this one! Caramel sweetness and bready malt in the nose. Some dried fruit and wooden touch as well. The taste is well balanced sweet malt with hints of vanilla, some raisins, plums and distant rumbling bitterness. Medium and oily body with light carbonation. Light bitterness in a long finish. A cracker beer for cold nights in front of a fire. Good stuff!
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Interesting, you can definitly smell the grapes, cherries and even a sort of cognac smell (barrell?), but there is also a bit of a metallic smell, could just be my glass though, but Iíve never smelled it before. Appearance: A brownish/red color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but laces nicely on the glass. Taste: Granted Iím particularly biased towards Barley Wines, they are my favorites, but this seems delicious. Itís like Iím drinking decadence, cherries, grapes, other fruit, sugar, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. Excellent flavor. Palate: Smooth, with almost no carbonation but a nice silky feeling going down. Overall: Again, Iím particularly biased towards barley wine, but this is really good, highly recommend.
RevBFG (52) - - JUL 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours hazy copper color with tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is bready and malty. Taste is strong in malts and caramel with some fruit and a lot if alcohol tossed in for good measure. Slightly carbonated with a sticky mouthfeel. Terrific beer.
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005. Pours a deep red brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly, little to no lacing remaining. Smells sweet. Tastes slightly hoppy, with definite alcohol present. Not a regular in my book, but no barleywine is...
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage. I enjoyed this one for almost an hour. A beautiful color to this one with no foam on top. A malty aroma with tons of other sweetnesses and dried fruits. Finishes dry with some slight bitterness to it. As it warms, it is less heavy. Highly Enjoyable.
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2004 bottle. Smells SEXY! Fig, brandy, malt, alcohol, honey, Pine and something halfway between almond and hazelnut. Deep amber hue, with almost 0 head except a perfect ring that clings tenaciously to the glass. The taste is exactly the ame as the smell and that is a wonderful thing. It made my cigarette afterward taste better. Full bodied and warm and creamy and happy and satisfying! I really needed all of those "ands". Itís that good!
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My tastebuds are well surprised this time. This is top-quality beer and it comes from the States. The creamy foam head which appeared instantly when pouring out is from a very rare one and stayed longer than I would expect from an American beer. Nipping the beer shocked me in the way that I was just drinking some kind of siropy liquid. Such a dense mouthfeeling. Incredible. This is cough-sirup and a real treat. First thing I noticed when I taste was a kind of liquorice taste. Sweet malty, alkoholic (11.5%!!!), a total lack of carbonation which was really not a shame, nice balanced hops and before I noticed my glass was already empty leaving some kind of dark sirupy film in the glass. I already had the marvelous Old rasputin Imperial Stout from the same brewery, but Jezus, this is pure magic !!!!!!!
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2003 - Perhaps I had a bad Bottle, but this beer reaked and tasted of Alcohol. The color was a cherry red. A slight hoppy taste. But, everything was overpowered by the alcohol.