rob6239 (580) - Ontario, - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at barvolo - Pours dark brown, with slight head. Aroma is mild and bready. Taste is somewhat sweet with some hop notes. Ends with a very strong puckering bitter dryness.
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle shared in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours (glugs) a translucent dark amber colour with hardly any head or carbonation. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Initial taste is more of the same but magnified - a hugely powerful brew. Unfortunately, the sweetness is too much and as for the bitterness. This is by far the most bitter beer I have ever tried/ It almost encouraged you to drink more to exchange the bitter taste with the equally overpowering sweetness. All in all a missed opportunity. Much prefer Hertog Jan Grand Prestige.
Ambro206 (28) - ITALY - APR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Una birra incredibile. Nonostante i 110 di ibu si facciano sentire eccome la maltazione e l’invecchiamento (birra del 2012!) la rendono equilibrata e perfettamente bevibile. Al palato si sprigionano da subito sapori di caramello e miele che lasciano spazio all’erbaceo finale dalla persistenza pressochè infinita.
miquelcrush (40) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza muy licorosa, sin espuma. En boca tiene muchos matices pero predominan los tostados y el licor. Se debe tomar lentamente porque evoluciona en la copa
kaser (2095) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange pour. Pear and orange flavor Thought this beer would kill me. And it did. Super good not just it got me drunk
smaynard6000 (550) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap. Dark red in color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Full bodied with a sticky texture and bitter finish. Moderately sweet as well as heavily bitter. Plenty of malt and hops in this create an intense complex flavor. A standout among barleywines.
Nejhleader (1182) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice mild dark aroma, has a good dark fruit taste, some malt blended well with pine hops, alcohol hidden well.
penstemon (107) - - MAR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Pours a rusty orange, with pretty much no head. Aroma of grapefruit, cooked pineapple, bread, caramel, pine, and a bit of dried fruit. Taste is bitter grapefruit (pith and all), malt, dried fruit, and an earthy herbal note. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is astringent bitterness like chewing on a citrus peel. This is tasty and intense, but seems like more of a malt-heavy DIPA than a barleywine. Hope you like grapefruit.
cbfobes (2152) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, apparently they were supposed to serve this in an 8oz glass, the bartender was new and poured a full 20oz glass, waaaaaaay to much of this stuff, pours a murky dark brown with a light brown head, the aroma is huge with tons of sweetness and malt, almost too much going on, the flavor has a ton of sweetness on the front end with malt and caramel with a little bit of hops in the finish, the abv isn’t hidden at all and the mouthfeel is very sticky and full, almost a chore to get through this, we ended up leaving about half in the glass when we left, just too much.
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 1 year old (apparently) Dark amber pour. no head but that’s how it came...so yo. Aroma is hoppy man, caramel, brown sugar..yea. Taste, sweet, fruity, big hoppy finish, no kick from the booze, Big American BW, nice!
DrSilverworm (5022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Mostly clear, quite red color. Little off-white head. Whoa, big malt on this. First sip is a wave of toasty, spicy, tropical fruity flavors. Caramel, spicy, toffee aromas... Some earthy, lightly tropical fruity hops. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, and the sweetness that’s there is a bit cloying. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Aside from the taste (big bitter and sweetness in a not that great way), alcohol is well hidden -- no burn or bite, and minimal warmth. Seeing some of the bitter orange peel pointed out by chuckaduck. Solid one to try, but not one that I’d intentionally age (I doubt this is a super-fresh example) and repeat again to enjoy for myself.