adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours an amber reddish color with a medium brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, figs and brown sugar. Taste is pleasantly sweet with dark fruit being prominent and hints of caramel, brown sugar and bread. Excellent !! Alcohol was never noticeable in the taste.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Great Big Barley wine! Almost orgasmic aroma. Great appereance, nice simple head. Long lasting palate and taste that made me sad when I finished my drink. I highly recommend this for any one who is a barley wine lover.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nip hand bottle. Fairly sweet and boozy initially on the nose. Candied orange peel. Thick, decadent melted toffee. Brown sugar. Spicy hops. A slight musty and wet wood component that seems a bit out of place amongst the rich and chewy sweetness. Pours a still, thick copper gold. Rather nice actually. Quite boozy on the tongue. Slightly metallic. Spicy and vibrant hops that seem a bit out of place here. Alcohol soaked orange peel. Toffee and caramel, but not nearly as sweet and as decadent as the nose would lead me to believe. Chewy and viscous on the tongue. Finishes with a pretty big blast of alcohol hotness. Decent but slightly underwhelming. Thanks Eben!
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 6.3 oz. nip bottle. Still, lightly hazed blonde appearance. Vanilla and candycorn aroma. Butterscotch. Butter. Oily nuttiness. Completely simple and somewhat sugary.
Flavor of bittersweet juicy citrus and a thick malt presence thatís wooden and alcohol-soaked. Vanilla-laden dried fruits wrecked in alcohol and burnt caramel. Barren pinecone hops. Consistent hints of sweetcorn arenít as unsettling as they would seem. Heat dominates. There’s plenty of body, and plenty of syrupy rich sweetness, but the heartiness of toasted and caramel malts is hard to locate amidst so much sugar and basic bitterness; the exteriors are so monolithic and overweight that the interior seems spread thin.
Body is full and oily. Malts steadfast into a finish of white sugar and some herbal bitterness. Too confectionary to satisfy. Thanks Mike!
dpjuart (1031) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/18/07 - Snifter at brewpub on cask.. Dark red/grape color with carmel head, thick and creamy. Nose of alcohol, raisin, a bit of carmel. Taste of malt, no real hop character. Raisin, carmel and breat/biscuit. Very nice alcohol warmth & bitterness at the end. I guess thatís the hops crisp bitterness. Good stuff.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From growler. Pours hazy copper color void of any head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol, orange. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, orange, vanilla. Palate is full to medium bodied, slightly watery for a BW, mild carbonation, finished sweet. Somewhat lacking, I realize this is bottled from a cask, so I didn’t expect much in the way of carbonation and mouthfeel, however I didn’t think the flavor would be distracted. I was not terribly impressed by this offering, decent but far from great.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Faint aroma, slightly alcoholic. Starts off really nice, sweeter and maltier, like a decent english barleywine. Has a sharp alcohol taste in the middle, mixed with hops. Lots of them. Some char is in there and it has a lingering flavour that ends rather abruptly. I like it, I think...It has some great flavour and is a really nice barleywine. I’ve got to give it a hit because of that twang in the middle. It’s quite enjoyable otherwise.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6oz. nip handbottle, with big thanks to acrdz for the chance to try! Pours a slightly hazy/mostly clear light orange, kind of like iced tea when the ice melts, a thin layer of large and loose bubbles shows up only briefly, with no lacing. A very nice nose, but canít really describe accurately as the right terms escape me here; candied fruits, cooked raisin, toffee, melted caramel, and lots more there that I canít put to words. Great aroma! Flavor is more great stuff I canít describe, which frustrates me until I take another sip and am enveloped in comforting, tasty joy. I guess Iíll just say this is a nice sipper, and would love the chance to try on tap. Thanks Mike!
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty good barly wine. Taste like bourbon cut with cream. nose is dominated by bourbon, malt and alcohol. Rasins are also present. copper brown color. creamy probably from nitrogen flavors reflect the nose lots of bourbon from the aging barrels, bit malt character, with rasins. the finish is still of bourbon, malt, and alcohol. definate warmer. very nice mouthfeel. almost silky
agl108 (690) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Ottos, Penn State. Poured dark caramel with creamish head. Lots of malty character in this one with a bourbon-esque finish. Alcohol shockingly never apparent.