TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The taste is initially of very strong sweet malt with hints of spice then followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishing hops leave a nice taste in your mouth. Best Barley Wine I have tried to date. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head.
Sweet with a finish like bourbon.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 version poured a rich copper colour with a huge head. This was very malty, some dried fruit and cocoa. The malt overpowered the hops but still a nice balance. Really nice aftertaste, alcohol presence kept in check...nice brew I would happily invest in again.
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 2003 Bottle. Wow, what a beer. Poured a reddish brown, but not translucent. Lots of spices, citrus, oak, and caramel in both the aroma and the taste. Alcohol is present and warming. This beer seems to have aged nicely and is probably at its peak.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im gonig to givve it a 3.6 bcause it had so mch alchol. It was really strong. Had 3, 12 ounce bottles. It tastes good but definately like alchohol and hops. I am going to try buying some more and letting it sit for a while.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2006. Pours a dark red color with a bubbly tan head that you can hear fizzle out. Very sweet aroma, strong malt background, lots of raisins and caramel. Taste is also sweet, lots of malts, caramel, alcohol. Alcohol is a little on the strong side, and itís too sweet for my tastes, but I guess thatís typical for the style. Itís pretty good.
PalCabral (159) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Rating 2014: Pours reddish brown without head, making the beer look like a glass of berry juice once it has settled. Not a stunning beer to look at. The aroma reminds me of fortfied wine, thereís that touch of alcohol, but also of fruit cake and some smoke. In fact, the most similar beers I could think of are strong scottish ales where the yeast imparts a slightly smoky scent. The beer taste goes along with previous years, the yeast imposes itself with the alcohol, providing tastes of dried fruit, then comes the balancing bitterness. Itís still quite a full beer. Not as good as previous years, IMHO - donít know why. I have saved a bottle of each year since 2009. I will give review of the years in a later review. Itís a good beer.
alberti92 (159) - - MAR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours murky amber with a thin disappearing head. Body is full with low carbonation. Aroma is intense. Boozyness is very evident but is slightly masked by sweet burnt sugar, toffee, nuts and dark fruits. Taste is just as complex and amazing as the aroma. A sugary sweetness begins the palate which then develops into port. The finish is slightly bitter with a very warming hit of booze at the end of the palate with flavours of dried nuts, sultanas and apricots remaining as an after taste. Great beer
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring into the pilsner is a beautiful reddish colored ale, creating a really nice head. It smells very malty and upon the 1st tase, a slight taste of licorice hits the back of your throat. A very good and smooth ale