kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy dark amber, wispy beige head,
sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma with a great rich fruity character,
thick creamy body,
very rich malt flavor, lots of dark caramel, lots of dark fruits, a touch of warming alcohol, sticky sweetness,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Lightly carbonated, 11.8% abv on this batch. Splendid aroma of a barleywine, as if aged. Medium orange with a white head, and lacey. Served appropriately at room temperature. Drinkable, itís well-malted.
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2008 version
* June 2008, cask @ brewery. Hazy rich and dark amber copper color. Intense nose of fresh, sugary hops and Belgian candy sugar and sticky, rich, sweet licorice malt. Flavor is intense, sticky candy sugar (but not overly sweet) and sharp, dry, grassy hops. Thick and vinous, incredibly fresh and vibrant on the palate. Very good. Probably in the 3.9-4.2 range.
* March 2007, cask at the brewery. Murky brown and red colored body. Nose of spoiled apples (in a good way), doughy and sour brown sugar, Belgian sugar, sticky plums and bread. Flavor is amazing, rich, delicate, smooth, thick, lightly sweet red apples, bitter in the back only. Resiny and delicious, closer to an old ale than an American barley wine.
* July 2007 update
So this has been on cask for a few months now, and itís changed quite a bit. The body is lacking - read illinismittyís comments about it having "wet grains". Thatís exactly what I found in the cask pint I had on July 29, 2007. It was no longer smooth and creamy like back in March and April, rather it was wet, undercarbonated and "soggy". Still, though, it was very tasty, donít get me wrong. Just not the same. Their high gravity cask ales usually only are available for 3-5 weeks, not 4 Months like Old Fugget this year.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Firkin at the brewery. Pours muddy medium brown color, with minimal head. The nose is great, a lot of caramel malt, figgy fruit, pear, apple, peach, plus solid hops, brown sugar, and slight cheddar cheese. Fairly dense palate, and very complex, with flavor notes of bready caramel malt, pear, apple, figs, hops, and some slight rauchy earthy notes. Some minor astringency and heat show up at the last dregs, but that just adds to this ones allure, in my opinion.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a dark copper mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Sweet, complex fruity caramely malty aroma has a touch of butterscotch. Body starts thick, viscous and sweet with a touch of aged dark and light fruity complexity toward a slightly warming finish. A very nice barleywine.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Mike for the nip Poured medium, mostly clear orange with looser bubbles riding the surface for head.. loved the coloration here. The aroma was strong and vibrant with candied toffee, pears, mangos, and green raisins.. sweet and warm with the alcohol only amplifying.. sweet and exciting The flavor had dry toffee, green raisins, and a candi sugar-ish sweetness with exotic fruit skin tartness almost in lieu of bitterness.. alcohol warms up the back-end and provides a peppery impression on the finish.. carried through light fruity sweetness and a little more raisin. Heavier-bodied with very low carbonation that helped coat the palate well.. moved slowly but surely through the mouth, becoming crisp at the end and finishing very well. I canít tell you the last time I had a barley wine like this.. the fruity notes paired with an elaborate use of English toffee provided a welcome departure from everything else Iíve tried lately. I just wish it was available around here.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served through handpump @ Ottoís brewpub, in the not closed down location location, in State College,PA .. . deep murky bog brown .. . amazing foam! .. . soft carbonation .. a pretty hefty beer, quite hot- strong honey and heaps of malt .. a beer that is hard to get through a glass of .. . . Acclaimed!? I oughta replace it right now with a Chinese cartoon where the robots that turn into... blingwads!
kramer (4358) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On handpump at brewpub. Pours a dark caramel color with thin wisps of head and a thin ring clinging to the edge of my snifter. Nice aroma of caramel, toffee, alcohol, and Fuggles hops. Very deep aroma without the overpowering alcohol fumes I expected from a 12% beer. Flavor is aggressively bitter with lots of sweet toffee and caramel malts trying to peek thru. Finish is a balance between dark fruits, alcohol warmth, and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy due to the handpump, with minimal carbonation. Finish was slightly sticky. Overall, a very good Barley Wine. The alcohol on this, while very warming, did not negatively affect the flavor. I could have sat there all day and drank these if I didnít have to drive home.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub. Cloudy orange/copper pour with a thin off-white head. Boozy nose thatís kinda solventy with some corn and soft fruit. Boozy flavor (although not as solventy) with some apricot and barley.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a caramel-chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was ripe fruits and molasses. The flavor was sweet, tangy, fruity and bitter with hints of caramel and pear. There was a long sweet, fruity and tangy finish.