40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark colored. Thick and sweet like a young barleywine but very hoppy like a strong ale. Much hoppier than the typical barelywine. Finishes dry and not cloying. Unusual but not unplesant beer.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked 2006 [probably needs to cellar a bit] Dark dark amber, almost brown. NO head, NO lace. Smell very malty. Taste somewhat sour malt and hops present, but iím guessing that several months of lagering will help this rather unmelded taste. Somewhat drinkable now, hoping it will be very drinkabe in 6 months
Landmonger (156) - USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the color is a reddish brown with thin almost nonexistent head the aroma is sweet malt, dried fruit and some citrus, taste of caramel, sweetness of dried fruit, some licorice, vanilla, lingering bitterness and a long lasting warmth going down.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown 12 oz bottle acquired in a recent trip to Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA. No freshness date.
Appearance: Not so clear as I expected. A rich mahogany, reddish brown with a thin cream-colored head that fades quickly, leaving a small lace.
Nose: Super-candy-sweet malt, dark wood, caramelized raw sugar, dark German rye, and a slight, whispering note of flowers.
Palate: A great big smack of sugar followed by a rich bitter chocolate wave, which gives way to dark caramel, and is usurped by lots and lots of hoppy bitterness (without the hop flavors though). I also think of sweet tea made with brown sugar, and that floral note is there, but I canít put my finger on it, and itís not a usual "hop floral" thing either. Carnations? And thereís a plug of deep tobacco there, too.
Notes: A big, sweet, and rich barley wine. Itís aggressive and a little clumsy in that the individual flavors seem distinctly defined and not blurring into one another. A good beer in the interesting manner, unique even, and Iíd definitely recommend it. A pipe-smokerís barley wine, Iíd say. And better than I was expecting (Iíd never had contact with this brewery before...got a bottle of the IPA to review too!)
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 (26Dec2002--draft) A wonderful surprise!
Excessively thin head, though surprisingly persistent and effervescent.
Is this a cask-conditioned ale?
Again, like the Alaskan Smoked Porter, it may be the bar's fault.
For a strong ale, what a pleasant nose;
pronounced peaches, with Cascades hops in perfect amount. The
best use of Cascades I've tasted yet. Deep copper color.
Flavor like the nose. Alcohol (9%) hidden
well. Bittering hops balance the malt and fruitiness well.
Bravo! Although listed as a barley wine, the bartender
called it a 'double IPA'. Makes me wonder if I wasn't indeed drinking
Speakeasy's double IPA. Judging from the spotty CO2 priming at that bar, I'd not be surprised.
Reminds me more of a seasonal
like Sierra Celebration than a full-fledged barley wine.
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour. Smells like stuff in barley wines. Sweet and hoppy flavor with a nice alcohol kick to leave your pallet numbing. Kudos to Speakeasy.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 bottle. Aged over a year at 45F. Light amber color. Aroma is esters, phenols and almonds. Flavor is malt, hops and alcohol. 50% hot alcohol, 50% clean alcohol. Itís getting better as it warms up, but thereís still some hint of overworked yeast in here. Imagine the taste of bitter vanilla almonds. Too bad for Speakeasy - I loved Prohibition when it came out in bottles back in the early 2000s.. I have a feeling thereís still so much wonderful potential in this place.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very sweet malty aroma. Pretty, bubbly dark amber (lighter than most other barleys I tasted). Almost no head though, which is odd and detracts abit. Very very sweet, to me, cloying. Very little hops to balance it out. Average palate. I wonít be buying this again.
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red orange in tint, pretty light looking with a slight layer of see through head. Smells malt driven as is typical of barley-wines, however I could still sense hops, which is interesting. It is extremely malty, I could almost taste cherry. Decent barleywine overall.
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice light chestnut color with 2 fingers of creamy tan colored head. A bit light looking for the style IMHO. Wow that’s an awesome smell of Barley and Chocolate malt intermingled with a mellow floral hop and some deep caramel. A really good smell is pouring off the head of this one! Very smooth and rich up front but extremely balanced. Lots of up front barley, chocolate and caramel leading up to that smooth mellow floral hop finishing up the rear. Great taste! Subtle hints of alcohol throughout make this beer incredible! This beer feels like it fits better than it looks like it would. It’s smooth and rides the tongue to the throat without choking in alcohol or overwhelming in any one flavor. Fills without over-filling. This is drinkable in a 4pk but even then I wonder how many I could have. This is a sipper. A good sipper though! So far my fave from this brewery! Good job! Cheers!