tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass a dark amber brown color with a small light brown head. Lacing is good.
The nose is really sweet. Chocolate and caramel malt aromas.
The flavors are very complex. To be honest I couldn’t even put my finger on everything I was tasting! Mostly chocolate and caramel malt flavors, dark fruits - mostly cherry, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish. At 10.2% the alcohol is very well hidden at this point.
The body was fairly medium for a barleywine, with good carbonation. As complex as it is, it is done well. Very balanced and drinkable, this one makes for a damn good barleywine. If you have the chance, cellar this for some time! 3 1/2 years did mine justice. This made my day!
johnnyola (12) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, a medium bodied beer with a very tropical feeling. Got is a gift due to my mafia focus. It would need some aging, I have another bottle stored away
afr0byte (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a pretty decent appearance. The smell is a decent barley wine malty smell. The hops certainly dominate more than I’d expect from a barley wine. Certainly this beer would do well with aging, as the hops would lessen. I didn’t notice the alcohol kick some have mentioned, but I’m also a scotch drinker.