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.
maxwelldeux (3539) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at a barley wine tasting. Did not seem very good to me. Pours a hazy dark color. Nose is earthy and caramel filled. Taste was slightly sweet, but had a harsh boozy aftertaste that didnít work.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
The bottle comes with plastic wax, quite annoying; it pours a hazy dark amber color with red and brown shades; large compact head. The aroma is malty and mellow with evident note of oak barrel, and roasted nuts; but also a bit metallic. Full bodied, with round mouthfeel; it has a rich malt and caramel flavor, where the vanilla from the oak is a nice component, less overpowering than in other beers; itís sweet but without excess, and it has strong bitterness, with a light nutty touch that reminds me of the British Barley Wines, but more hop resins than in those. Possibly itís a bit metallic, and it has some alcohol warmth in the final. Overall itís a balanced brew, quite easy to drink among Barley Wines.
Hanuta06 (320) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: from tap at Snipes Mountain Microbrewery and Restaurant
Aroma: moderate caramel malt aroma.
Appearance: small, creamy, off-white, initial head with fair lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Hazy, dark-amber body.
Taste: heavily sweet, caramel initial flavor and finish with long duration.
Palate: heavy body with oily texture and flat carbonation.
Overall: excellent. Iíd like to drink this again.
mcberko (6259) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours amber orange with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, raisins and slight hops. Flavour brings out more of the hops than the nose suggests, with caramel, toffee and dark dried fruits - high sweetness profile. Very nice.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer pours slightly cloudy amber color with a modestly retained beige colored head. Aroma is rich, sweet malt, brown sugar, oak, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is thick with lots of dark fruit, some very nice oak flavor, though not too much. Palate is very creamy and thick. Some port flavors as well. Not sure home many vintages there have been, but this is above average stuff.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish/brownish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, some lighter floralness, and some nuts. Tastes of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, lighter citrus, and nuts. Alcohol content hidden.
bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Whidbey Beer Works. Pours dark amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma is like berry fruit over roasted malt. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Within limits it is like a Flemish ale thatís just missed being sour. Itís pretty dry, though there is a sweet hint, and itís hinting at having kissed some oak. Though it hasnít. Itís a pretty good beer, but itís almost like it pretends to greatness. Didnít make it that far. Like it.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured cloudy brown, almost the color of a grocery bag, a little fit of fizzy carbonation. flavor was sweet, but you could definitey feel the lean towards the hoppy side of the BW spectrum. the aftertaste was unpleasant, very bitter...i was waiting for the sweetness of the malts to kick in, but they never did.
kramer (4892) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear reddish copper body with a one inch fizzy light beige head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is dominated by heavy caramel malt with a moderate piney and resiny hoppiness. Quite a hoppy beast, this is certainly an American Barley Wine. Moderate piney and resiny hoppiness with a fairly restrained bitterness level. Finishes with a hefty dose of burnt caramel and some lingering resiny hops. Pretty well hidden alcohol for being 9.2% though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of an almost course graininess to it, rather abrupt finish. Pleasant soft fine fizzy carbonation. Overall this was decent, very hoppy for the style, if it would have had a bit more crystal malt in the flavor it would almost qualify as a DIPA. Finished a bottle easy enough, so I canít complain too much.
dalekliz (870) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a dark brownish-red with an off-white ring. Sharp aroma, of pine hops, grass, wood, and hints of sweeter malt and caramel. Taste is quite sharp and bitter, lots of pine hops, with hints of grass, citrus, and malt. Lingering bitterness. Tasty.