HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a hazy, reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Caramelized sugar and hops in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. More caramelized sugar, fair amount of hop bitterness to balance sweetness. Easy drinking for 10% ABV.
stevoj (2337) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best attribute of this beer is the fact that the ABV is hidden, goes down smoothly. Murky dark amber body with initial high fluffy head. Malty aroma with a hint of mustiness. Taste is more sweet malt, some toffee, but abrupt finish. Not picking up the metallic notes of previous reviewers. Good, but not great.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Deep amber with small head. Malty with substantial booze. Big hops and quite a bitter finish. Only average.
mysticbrew (35) - - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Lacing hangs. Smells of clean malt and roared barley. Caramel flavor with subtle toasted barely. Pallet is smooth and clean with a slight alcohol note.
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slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
low man on the totem pole in a BW tasting. smaller in body than the others, with a hint of metallic aftersmell (is that a word?) and ever so slightly less complexity. a nice beer, but as far as BWs go, below average for my money. decent sweet malt/fruit balance with a hint of hop bitterness."
maltman53 (386) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@Brewery: Pours reddish copper. Vinous, caramel, christmas cake spices on the nose and the palate. Overall, a very nice barley wine that integrates its ABV very well.
DocJitsu (1049) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Pours a honey-orange amber color with a large khaki head. Well-blended notes of toffee, orange, and lemon. Warmth on the palate with a mild sticky quality. Flavors approximate the aromas with red apple appearing. Alcohol in spades, which bitters the flavor quite a bit.
AlmostHome (23) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head, above average taste. Color isn't as dark as I'd have thought it would be. Honestly, this is a very thin Barleywine. Taste is above average.
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coachd (151) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wasn’t sure about this one, but it was cheap and I’m on a barleywine kick. This was the first beer I’ve had from Santa Fe. Pours a very interesting 2-tone color. Dark brown on top, ruby red/amber on bottom. Thin off-white head, moderate lacing. Aroma was not so good. Sour, hoppy but not in a clean way. Kind of smelled like wet bread mixed with a sulphur aroma that was like a burnt match head. Taste was surprisingly weak. I will say that it hides the 10% ABV very well, but the initial flavor is hand soap. After that, it gets a little better with some caramel and malt sweetness. No aftertaste at all; I found that strange. Palate was a little oily, but otherwise non-existent. Don’t try this one. It might be good for getting drunk, but you have to hold your nose while drinking it. I should have known better.
Beachmaster (174) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. pours a murky medium amber with a huge khaki head which slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste is sweet caramel with a mild hop finish which leaves a malty taste in the mouth after swallowing. Hides the ABV fairly well. A tad sweet, but typical for the style. Not bad at all.
thegreenrooster (3304) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel malt with a decent hoppy backbone and some earthy tannins. Flavor is a decent malt with a bit of dark fruit and some sweetness to hide the alcohol. The problem is its a bit thin around the edges. The hops from the aroma are gone which just leaves this a hint sweet malt bomb with a little plastic taste toward the end. I’ve had better.