DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This hearty snifter jewel is all about palate. Its mouthfeel is perhaps best described as erotic (sensual, tactile, warming)...and a long, slow bottle will leave you basking in the afterglow. This Old Stock is sweet, but classy. Itís more complex than most brews with this much marzipan-molasses-desert honey-cotton candy character...though, of course, itís not something you ponder over (like an Islay single malt). Itís just a voluptuous treat! (The 2006 is cellaring very well.)
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
With the ABV as high as it is, this is one drinkable brew, in fact it slides down like ice tea. This is one Great Barley Wine
pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 - bottle at 55 F. Pours with smallish beige head leaving no lacing and mostly disappearing within 1 couple minutes. Incredible aroma of dried fruit? apples? Caramelly goodness for sure. Flavor is rich malt with plenty of sweetness. Alcohol is quite apparent. Enough bitterness to counter the sweet but not overly apparent. Nice warm think mouthfeel. Iíll be picking up some more of this to lay down.
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
caramel is what i smell and what i taste. very complex. maybe a little fig or apricot. nice hop bitterness. you can really taste the alcohol. 11.7%
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 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!
Re-rate, bottle 2011, May 2015: Muddy red color with almost no head at all. Less of a looker at this age. Bread and malt in the nose, with some background sweetness. The wooden touch is still there but the dried fruits have, er... dried out. The taste is sweet raisins, with some roasted hints and some bitterness. Medium body with light carbonation. I believe this is actually showing its age, it is slightly flatter than I remember it.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Blind Tiger Very Special Keg Night 11/19/08: Not impressed at first, as there didnít seem to be much going on in terms of flavor. After a while, it warmed up and candy and caramel notes started popping up. Have to revisit this one for sure.
brp10 (59) - USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First Barleywine I tried. Very good. I am excited to try a few other Barleywines.
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 draft at the breweryís restaurant in Fort Bragg on 09Jul2007. Pours a nice brown color with a nice creamy head. Smells of sweet malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is of sweet malty, toasted, vanilla, caramel, Warm presence of alcohol hits then the round out of a nice (light compared to the malt) bite of hops. Finishes smooth but the alcohol becomes more aparent the more you drink. Good beer.
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drinking the 2011 vintage so maybe it's a little new to fully appreciate has a warm alcohol note and little nose it's the alcohol that is the dominating part of the beer.
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