hubcrawler (37) - , Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage that poured dark brown with a reddish-orange tint. Had a reasonable light brown head. Had aromas of caramel, toasted malt, and chocolate. I picked up some strong flavors of fig and chocolate. It also had a whiskey like finish. Great sipping beer but may be a little too figgy. Otherwise, a respectable brew.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. New bottle. too cold. Pours with no head. 13.5%?? Word. Ok, itís warmed up a bit. I am watching the Suns beath the Clippers, drinking this new old stock, and enjoying myself immensely. Smells of dark fruits, green apple, alcohol, redwood. More dark fruits and malt in the mouth. Alcohol is very prominent. Very slight bitterness. I should have saved this one. This beer will age very well. Canít wait to try it in 2010.
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle out of a Brooklyn glass. Dark amber clear color with a short lived head. Smell: sweet fruits, bread, caramelized sugar. Flavor is sweet, alcohol, fruits, with a spicy/alcoholic mouthfeel. Iíd like to try an older bottle of this in the future.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle. Poured a dark red. This was a tongue slapper. Very strong but I love it with its bourbon taste.
ThomW (35) - USA - MAY 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More of a barley wine than an ale. Strong alcohol taste but not bad over-all. Nice dark color.
fuzzywasabeer (35) - boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells of fresh molasses with looks like watered down coke. Lacks lacing but the palate is good. Nice balance. Taste is amazing. Alcohol is warming. Wonderful finish of dessert like candy.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, a great winter warmer. Have a half case (2005) aging to compare with 2006 vintage. A classic, beer grasps you, rich with all kinds of flavors, sip and enjoy!
Amco (34) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is of a roasted nut. Light caramel coloring when placed under the light. Has a sweet taste with a medium body. An almost creamy texture, you can tell this beer has 11.7% abv, this coming from the 2010 batch. Nice beer overall.
lukemundy (33) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, poured into a nonic glass.
It pours a dark red with minimal tan lacing. The first sniff gives carmel, oak, and some toasted malts. The flavor brings out heavy, fruity hops, balanced by the smoky malts.
I tried this beer when it was released about a year ago and they aren't kidding about it aging well. Initially it was a pruny, boozy and overly sweet beer, but a year of storage has enhanced some smokey flavors and made it a well balanced and enjoyable brew.
CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doesnít fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense.