dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006-Aroma of floral hops and grapes. Appears a crystal clear reddish-orange hue some slow effervescence of small bubbles, and with little or no head. Flavor is intensely, overpoweringly hoppy, with a huge thick malt base that tastes of caramel; this beer could potentially require years to settle down and meld but right now it is assaulting. Palate is thick and syrupy. Overall, this beer may be stupendous in years to come, but right now it is not great.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice one for the price, but not too tasty in the summer. Pours a hazy amber with hues or maroon. Smells of muscat grapes, raisins, and figs. A very mellow barleywine flavor with a thick mouthfeel that clings to your tongue.
Great for the price.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a small white head. Smells of coffe and strongly of caramel and barley. Taste is a smooth barley sweetness with some caramel and coffeee notes, not as intense as some barleywines but nice. Despite being quite alcoholic there is no taste of alcohol and itís quite easy to drink. Enjoyable beer, not ground breaking but quite nice.
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper brown color with thick head, and lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass. Toffee aroma. Flavor dominated by toffee, with some tea and brandy notes. Strong alcohol presence warmed me up, but also threatened to dominate the brew. A bit on the strong side, but otherwise, good sipping brew.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark in color with a sweet aroma of caramel. Malty caramel flavor that isnít overly sweet with a bitter note that balances it nicely and makes it pleasantly dry.
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.