Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 Vintage. - Deep amber colour. Aromatic nose, with notes of demerara sugar, chocolate and dates. Very smooth mouthfeel, but the taste does not keep the promises you get from the nose. Obviously beers like this tend to improve with further ageing, and i think it has some really great potential if left for another couple of years.........
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Bottle. 2007 vintage. Pour very dark amber. 1 inch tan foam that leaves solid lacing. Smells of sweet fruit and sugar. Taste is too sweet, strong licorice in the finish, tastes more like yager than any beer should. Palate is very very thick and full, completely coats every part of the mouth, there is also the sticky presence of candy sugar that makes that thick palate somewhat less appealing. Overall this is a powerful beer, but it is much too sweet. If I get this again I will age it for a few years and hope that helps.
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Flossmoor Station. Already have 3 bottles (2007) of this beauty aging in my closet. Only American Barley Wine I truly like. Ruby red color, dried leathery fruit and oak woody-ness...very chewy and complex.
snowden719 (130) - USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, piny hops, alcohol. Flavor is smooth, with dark fruits, a bit of buttery tones, lots of pine in the finish, alcohol. Alcohol flavor and aroma are a bit too big for my liking. Finish is nice and long.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
malty, complex maple-y alcohol aroma. pours thick, but not black. viscous enough for the alcohol to coat the glass. flavors of figs, almonds, maple syrup. slight noble hop bitterness, but overshadowed by sweetness and alcohol. complex and delicious, almost more like a young brandy or liqueur than even the average barleywine, but the strong malt flavor on the back of the palate brings it back into beer territory. unique and delicious. even more interesting as it warms up. truely a beer to be savored and enjoyed slowly.
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 batch - Pours deep amber with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma of hops and alcoholic strength. Flavor was a decent hop + malt balance that covered up the alcohol well. It did have a tinny, metallic taste though that detracted from the flavor. Aftertaste was sharp hop bitterness. Overall it wasn't a bad beer, but it will definitely get better with time.
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage, aged a few months. Pours a hazy deep amber with a moderate off-white head. Light aroma that consists sweet malts, some earthy hops, and a bit boozy. Taste has a small bite up front, malty sweet in the middle, and big boozy finish. Clean mouthfeel with a slight bite on the end. Overall, s big boozy sipping barley that is not overly hopped like some others.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. The pour is a deep brownish amber, with little to no head, but has a few lingering tannish bubbles. The nose has very strong alcohol scents, as well as more subtle dark fruit and licorice hints. The flavor is much the same with a fair amount of licorice, and a nice alcohol warming. I would try again and have stored some in the cellar to mature, can’t wait to try this with some age on it.
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle-2 years old then. Definietly mellowed out over time. Pours a dark dark red, with a tan head which all but disappears. caramel, alcohol aroma. taste is a caramel malt background, pretty dry though. alcohol in the finish, but barely any hops. maybe its because I just drank a rogue IIPA, but I cant really taste the hops in here. nonetheless, a nice smooth mouthfeel.. dry, and a very tasty barleywine.
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". It’s quite good. Mildly bubbly, but that’s probably held back a little by the ’thickness’. Has a great coating mouthfeel, a dry finish, and a great overall flavor. Nice alcohol warmth. A definite ’buy again’.<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.