baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly dark amber with ruby glints. Tall dirty head. Sweet spicey aroma, lots of caramelized sugar, backed by a litle vanilla and fruit. Toast coming on in the taste. Not as sweet as most barleywines that I've had. Moderate to high bitterness. Basic barleywine.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red, very little head. A little sweet, a little spicey. 6.2% is very very low for a barleywine. Watery. Not so good.
rich42 (128) - USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fairly nice - decent malt, well hopped - with good spiciness. slightly sweet - but not out of character... really only 6.2%? - seems more like 9.5% or so. now that I think about it - maybe it is that low in abv... pretty good, but not exceptional barely wine.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is estery and lightly sweet...Color is a beautiful, clear, deep red-amber...Wispy head and light spotted lace...Flavor is extremely dry and slightly astringent---traces of winey sweetness accompany...The finish is medium-light but also very dry...This is quite light-bodied for such a potent brew, and herein resides the problem: this brew lacks anything approaching basic richness that one looks for in a barley wine...I found this rather disappointing...