hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber body with a thin clinging off-white head. The aroma surprised me. There’s definite evidence of malt and dark fruits (plum), but there’s also a zesty citrus note. Smooth, medium mouthfeel with light but adequate carbonation. The flavor is outstanding and dangerous. Sweet with caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit fading to a slight citrus hop bite and mild alcohol warming. The high ABV is not evident at all. Very good beer and very easy to drink.
stevoj (2963) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle share thanks to Toby. Pretty average barley wine, nice aroma and taste. Not much else other than the celebrity endorsement.
Homer321 (2865) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
300th rating of this beer! Bottle from the rotter. Pours a murky reddish brown with a medium, light khaki head. lots of tiny compact bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, a bit of bread. Taste is moderately sweet with a firm hop bitterness. As it warms, more chewy and caramel flavors come out. by now, all of the hops are bitter with a faint grassiness. a very smooth alcohol warming. This shit is pretty damn good for being so old.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes verbatim on 10/7/10
A: Creamy layer over an amber ale with excellent clarity. Good retention of head. Little to no lacing.
S: Good barley scent. Not much hop there, more English in nose to me. Nice, enjoyable.
T: Very sweet. Despite my appreciation for the nose, this may have benefited from a slight addition of flavor hops. Otherwise, standard barley, malt, grain, sweetness. ABV well hidden.
M: A bit flat. Slicks the mouth, but again, wish there were a hint more carbonation.
D: Good barley for drinking now. Might entertain cellaring a few.
Serving type: bottle
Imaena (2086) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is a nice straightforward barley wine with some good malt character.
brokensail (13680) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Aaron’s basement. Hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit. Plum, dates, and hints of citrus peel. Some grape/wine, notes. Sweet flavor of brown sugar and caramel. Dates, plums, and grape. Citrus zest, some sherry, and apple. Oxidation is evident.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of Homer321. Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Oxidized, papery, caramel, fig, dark fruity aroma. Toffee, caramel, papery, plum, light apple flavor. This one is done.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Pours a dark ruby with an off-white head that melts into a wispy island of tiny bubbles.
S - Rich malt, dark dried fruit, roasted brown sugar, alcohol vapors, over ripened grapes
T - Toasty and complex, sugary sweet malt, chocolate, candied plum, deep dark cherry flavor, alcohol is very prominent, also has a nice toasted caramel flavor along with an old musky oak flavor. The delicate pine hops supports the giant malt compound. Mouthfeel is full bodied with average carbonation for the style. Aftertaste is of citrus hops.
A very malty/complex forward Barleywine that finishes with a dry citrus flavor. This has lots of stories to unfold with age.
Don’t pass it up.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (18664) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
14th March 2012
Clear amber beer with a big off white head. Light palate, a little dry and crispy. Very light malt with a lot of floral things going on. Very mild citrus underneath. Semi dry finish with mild bitter linger. The most floral barleywine I’ve ever had!
Drjohnrock (549) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 ounce bottle bought when this beer was commercially available, tasted on July 27, 2012--yes, it sat in the back of my fridge all that time. Nice dark amber hue, large tan head that slowly receded with good lacing, vinous aroma with date and other fruity elements, creamy, smooth, but firm bittersweet flavor. My other bottle of this broke shortly after I bought the Long Shot six pack it was in, so I don’t know if this improved or declined with age. Regardless, not bad at all
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours reddish brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a sweet fruity malt flavor with lots of caramel and a dry slightly bitter finish.