brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2011 bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby, amberish color with a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, carmel, bready notes, some booze. As expected for a barleywine, malts overpower the smell. Taste starts with sweet plum, cherry, grapefruit notes. Middle of the mouth the malts show through with carmel and bready flavors. Nice smooth boozy, fruity finish. Nice mouthfeel with lively carbonation and an oily, slick texture. Heavy medium to full body. Complex barleywine. Cannot wait to try it after another year of aging.
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
superb beer but not for the weak of heart. extremly high alcohol content for a beer you can get at the grocery store. defintely one of the best beers iíve had.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice at one year of aging and all that stuff that goes with a barley wine.
Plamadude30k (122) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Pours dark orange with a huge fizzy tan head. Aroma is predominantly maple syrup/brown sugar, but an earthy note and some plums sneak in there, accented by a nice doughy, yeastyness. As it warms, toffee creeps in too, which gives the aroma a much better context. Starts sweet with a little kick of alcohol, which expands. Bitterness follows, not overstated, but present. The aftertaste is nicely drawn out, but not too cloying, almost tasting like half-baked bread. Throughout, the texture is smooth, almost oily. The carbonation is a little on the tingly side, but this will mellow with age.
On the whole, I didnít know what to expect when I first tried this, and I was completely taken aback. A very good beer. Now I need to go find more to keep for a while.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2009 2008 vintage, 12-oz bottle Marcelloís Lafayette, La - Aroma: alcoholic, earthy, fruity; caramel, bready, nutty (roux?); Flavor: complex malt of of sweet, salty, slight dried fruit, caramel, bread, brown sugar, (malt), bitter (hop), alcoholic; Appearance: brown color, tan head (quickly reduces); Mouthfeel: full bodied, high carbonation; Overall: complex malty sweet and alcoholic (no harshness) with some bitter flavor beer.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Bottle. Aroma of raisins and brown sugar. Pours a woody brown color with thin tan head. Taste is rich. Some raisin, molasses, and pine resin. Overall a nice deep flavor, without being over the top.
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had the 750 - tsunami relief bottle. Pretty stoked to drink this, I have been getting into bigger more barleywine type brews lately. Overall I wasnít blown away. The aroma is sweet with a sharpness I canít quite nail down, the palate is similar. There is this bite to it that I canít explain. It must just be the heat from the booze.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with virtually no head. It has a scent of malts and some oak, with some alcohol present as well. The initial flavor rapidly progresses from a quick hoppy bite to sweet malts to a somewhat oaken, alcoholic finish.
This is a great, top class barley wine, not over the top hoppy like some I have had. The only thing that prevented me from rating this higher was the fact that I could sense the alcohol as much as I did. I am laying down the rest of my 4 pack to age for a while, hopefully it will mellow out and be even better!
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winterfest. Very sweet caramel flavor. Some booziness, but still very easy drinking with a slightly spicy finish. Old ale is really becoming a favorite style of mine. Sorry for the vague review, but I was very busy that day.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy aromas of plums, cherries, and alcohol with a hint of caramel. Flavor is of plums, apples, cherries and sugar with a slight spicey finish. Mouthfeel is very thin and light. Pretty good stuff.