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 I’ve had. Sticky sweet with toffee, caramel, and some dark berries. Not usually a huge fan of barleywines, so I’m 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
i’m 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
fitch256 (32) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a relatively nice red color, with a sweet aroma. The taste was surprisingly more sweet than I anticipated, and did a nice job masking the high alcohol content. Overall fairly good, but it packs a good punch so for those that are "lightweights", I’d stray from this.
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper color with a 1 finger head on the pour. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma has notes of fruit preserves or maybe fruit liqueur. Lots of malt. Yeasty, with hints of fruity liqueur, then it mellows on your palette to a dry, clean hop finish. Mouth-feel is thick and full bodied; very lightly carbonated. Barleywine or English Strong Ale? Whatever the intended style, this is an amazing beer.
soapbox (18) - Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This red ale has the body and sweetness of Port wine. Has a strong red grape/honey flavor. I like port; however, I was in the mood for beer.
Floridadude (5) - USA - MAY 18, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber / copper color, no head to speak of. Malty, sweet, not an everyday beer for me but worth a try of you like this style.