linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. 2005 bottle. Pours out a deep reddish brown with a nice thick head and lots of in glass activity. Scent is malty and spicy with light cinnamon and alcohol notes. Taste is initially very malty and sweet with elements of nutmeg mixing iwth alcohol. The finish is relatively flat with an almost soda pop with alcohol backdrop on the palate. Lots of elements that marry well- overall a strong flavorful barleywine.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely delicious old ale/barleywine style. The other reviews youíll read here sum it up nicely with my only addition being this was a 2012 vintage.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2007. Poured with almost no head. The smell definitely reveals the alcohol content. Body is a really beautiful amber color, with literally no lacing. Very very smooth for how high the ABV is, almost fruity, very sweet. Very impressive, in my opinion, for how high the alcohol content is and how well it is masked in the flavor. Very subtle.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle- Thanks to Jimmack I was able to try this great beer. Dark amber color with little head, but the aroma takes over. Chocolate and caramel are present with every sniff. Awesome beer with a good amount of alcohol.
greenleaf (90) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle. Pours deep brown with a modest creamish tan head, no lacing. Smells of malt and rasins. Thick bodied malt is pronounced with alcohol finish.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. pours murky brown-copper, no head. caramel and fruit aromas. Dry initial flavor (alcohol) followed by mellow, smooth, medium bodied sweetness.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2004 Smell is stronger than the taste, but don't be deceived - the alcohol is present. The deal on a good beer at the price - $2.50 / bottle. rerate: just had the 03 old stock on draft @ toronado's in SF. wow, the smell was very heavy and sugary in a pleasant way. the taste and alcohol content was off the scale. aroma 10+ excellent!
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft 2002 version. Poured a dark cloudy color with no head. Strong fruit smell with an heavy aroma of peach. A nice cold nite warm you up beer.
madvermin (86) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer appeared a gorgeous deep, dark maroon/brown, but had the most fizzy, soda-pop like head I have seen in a long time - that just didnít do it for me. Smells of raisin, sweet wheat and dark fruit, specifically dates. The taste follows, with a nice raisin sweet start, a malty dark fruit/date middle, and some booze heat to finish. The heat is well done, with just enough to get the job done. I also got a hint of vanilla near the end which was quite pleasant; it wasnít much, but it was there. Mouthfeel is good, with the carbonation helping to bring out the vanilla in particular. Syrupy coating after a swallow nice as well, to go with the sticky texture. Drinkability is pretty good for an 11% abv beer, but the tastes can become a jumble after a bit. One single of this guy is the right amount.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from notes....08 batch on tap at gman fort worth. pours a plumish brown smell is strawberries and plums and oak. taste is of white grape juice and hidden alcohol very intrestin to say the least