DietPepsican (1571) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours a crystal clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of malts and sugary candy...maybe a candy necklace? Flavor of a double heineken skunk with heavy white and brown sugar added. Bits of fruit, but I have no clue what. Did they throw in some used big league chew, and god, what flavor? Strong burn of alcohol. What is going on in this beer? I keep taking sips hoping to figure it out, but I donít think that will work. Feels like razors of sugar cutting my tongue. Easily the worst barley wine Iíve ever drank.
leaparsons (9271) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light brown and gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some peppery notes with evident alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar with lots of caramel. Spicy hops and alcohol follow. Quite clean in flavour with warming, some harsh, alcohol. Lip numbing but OK overall.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours nice clear amber color with offwhite froathy head. Aroma is mixed fruits and caramel with slight alcohol undertone. Flavor is very malty and caramely with some fruit presence and definite alcohol flavor. Overall, decent.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Crystal clear amber in color with a pillowy white head - lots of lace. Aroma is very sweet with a strong nose of cane syrup. Flavor is very floral, sweet, almost cloying. There is a strong appearance of alcohol especially towards the finish. A very decent barley wine.
dwyerpg (5088) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent aroma. Could use a lot more molasses. Has a strong alcohol presence. Almost tastes more like a malt liqour. A bit disappointing.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent stuff for a Christmas themed beer. It wasnít quite what I was expecting, but for an inexpensive barleywine on a cold December evening...this will do. Aroma is very fruity. Almost like smelling a fruit salad, with no real discernable fruit...just...fruit. And sweetness...caramel. Appearance is medium orange in color with barely any head to speak of. Flavors were caramel, alcohol and thatís really about it. No real bitterness I could detect. Overall, final impressions were that it wasnít bad. I might get another bottle next year if I see it, but if I donít...oh well.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Coleís Christmas Tasting 2007. Amber body with a very small white head. Sweet alcoholic aroma, dry toasty malt, mild fruit. Similar flavour with mild fruity notes, rough grainy alcoholic finish. Average palate. Meh. Alcohol is actually surprisingly restrained considering its 10%
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light orange, thin head. Phenolic and estery aroma - a bit pear-droppy. Very alcoholic, a bit harsh. Strong sticky bitter taste. Reminds me of the muck I used to add vodka to when I was 14 to get me there.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pours dark gold with a thin white head. A very clear beer. Deliciuos malty body with lots of caramel flavors. The ethanol burn is extreme. The hops are very smooth in this one. They seem evenly distributed. This might be my favorite English barleywine, but is certainly the best Ridgeway product Iíve had.
ChazMania (661) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Bevmo. It pours with not much luster, and not much of a head. Aroma is mildly honey like. Flavor, while itís not a fantastic barleywine style, itís not awful. Mildly sweet and mildly spicy. Maybe a little on the flat side. Worth trying but maybe not rebuying.