pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color. Pours an average head that fully diminishes. Sweet malty aroma. Initial sweet malty flavor balanced by a moderate alcohol finish.
Shot (141) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale copper with a 2-finger head that slowly dissipates to quarter-inch foam. Fairly good retention. Aromas of caramel, alcohol, cinnamon, hops. Tastes of orange, ginger, cinnamon and maybe a hint of anise. Malty finish with citrus, yeast, and spice. Very light carbonation. Not bad. Points for high alcohol content (11.2%).
crhensel (138) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a light copper, with no noticeable head. The taste of the alcohol overpowered almost all other flavors. It hits you in the nose right our of the bottle and is very prevalent throughout the drink.. No real balance to speak of, but I was able to detect a little bit of a toffee and molasses flavor. Warming brought the alcohol out even more. I expected a bit of the bold flavor from an 11.2, but would have loved to see this aspect toned down a bit to let some of the other flavors shine. It is a rather sweet tasting beer, however and as a sipper spread over an evening might have some merit.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
poured a clear caramel color with no head whatsoever. aroma is caramel and a little bit floral. taste is caramel malts and booze and also a bit sweet. not finding anything particularly great about the beer but for the alcohol itís not too bad.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle. Poured to a clear, dark red-orange with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Nose is malt, dried apple and alcohol. Big malt taste with heavy alcohol flavor, maybe a little creamy. Nothing to write home about.
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong barley taste with a unique flavor for the palate. The color is amber red and has a short-lasting transparent head when poured. Overall, decent beer with a familiar taste.
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottle says "Imperial Red Ale" not Barleywine. Pours a clear fizzy amber with almost no head. Aroma is mild with hints of cherry and molasses. Flavor is very sweet with lots of alcohol and a bit sour.
falha (59) - - DEC 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruity, alcohol, very sweet, berry, liquer kind of imperial red ale. Good bad elf
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swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a nice burnt red without much head. Smells sweet with raisins and ripe red berries, backed by a lot of malt. Flavor was a bit simpler and thinner than other barleywines Iíve had. Sticky sweet with toffee, caramel, and some dark berries. Not usually a huge fan of barleywines, so Iím pretty lukewarm on this one, but not bad overall and can definitely see it be a nice drink by the fire after coming in from the cold.
rizk (36) - central florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
iím not quite sure what is insanely bad, the elf or the beer? medium to thick body, with a dark amber pour. headless and laceless. carmel fruity taste with a slight lingering alcohol