Tanker12 (173) - USA - APR 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is alcohol with some malts. Head is quickly disappearing and has a red hue. Some caramel malts but mostly alcohol. Palate is all alcohol. Not a particularly well balanced beer.
Wolfenkopf (172) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of malt, hops and caramel apples. Not just any caramel apple, but the type that comes around in October and sits in your refrigerator until Thanksgiving. It’s still good, if not slightly better because it’s slightly browned with a bit of crystalization in the caramel. This aroma promises something interesting and it pays off. The head is off-white and short lived, though the brew is the color of raspberry tea. The taste is very busy, sending one’s tastebuds in a whirl. After much deliberation, I detected apricot, cherry, apple, caramel and rich malt. This is a bizarre little number and quite challenging for those that do not like fruity beers. This one is fruity and rich, but I could have put down a few more because it is smooth. Despite the powerful flavor, it is relatively kind on the palate. There’s a bit of carbonation burn on the tongue, but it balances with a smooth oiliness. Considering that the brew is a hefty 11.2% abv, there is little in the way of alcohol burn or sourness. That takes some craftiness.
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
gross, not an enjoyable beer in the least. I would not recommend at all. At least it kicks hard enough to reward you for finishing this crap
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.
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 it’s not too bad.
Stoned99 (105) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Apple’s in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on it’s way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.
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.