toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: Dark amber with a two finger thick white/tan head. S: Sharp alcohol, pine bittering hops, caramel, wood, and brown sugar. T: Caramel, piney hops and lemon zest. M: Syrupy and rather sticky. O: Not the most enjoyable but I do know that againg helps this one. I had a four year old bottle a few years back and thought it was super mellow and enjoyable but never took notes on it. Oh well, looks like one is going to the cellar.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Odeed for this - man, I hate when brewers filter their barleywines - totally clear, bright red with zero head - aroma of fig, caramel, and a slightly medicinal alcohol smell - very thin on the palate - hints of herbs and spices, subtle hops - light sweetness, with some biscuit and caramel - astringent, phenolic finish - not a lot going on - "middle of the road" is a compliment for this beer.
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2k6 bottle: A nice floral hop aroma, butterscotch, with a roasted maltiness, a light plum nose, and some alcohol lingering in the background. Appearance is a translucent maroon color with a thin almost non-existent soapy white head. Taste is a nice hop texture, way to much alcohol burn on the back end, a roasted nut note, caramel, pine cones, and almost a pine-sol taste to it. I might of opened this too early or something got messed up with it, but this is not that stellar of a barley wine. I’ve had much better.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle. Pours an off-burnt orange color. Aroma is vineous, floral. Flavor is a lot of the same features, a good malt body, with a decent hop accent. Very much a Speakeasy brew, not bad.
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma is very weak. Caramel, light fruit, and muted citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent with a minimal off-white head. Flavor is very weak and watery. Weak caramel up front followed by a muted flowery and citrus hopped finish with some mild alcohol. Very boring and bland.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a fairly clear bright copper orange. One finger creamy yellowish head. The nose is very green, alcohol, had to describe, awful. Reminds me of Green Flash Barley Wine which was a total drain pour for me. Makes it very hard for me to actually take a sip of this. I can’t drink this, very green astringent flavor. Warm alcohol. Drain Pour.
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Brought I think by Max. Pours a clear light brown. Dead still, no head. Smells like rubbing alcohol and plums. Flavor is all burnt malt and isopropyl. Terrible.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ BPP. Hazy red coppery brown pour with a short off-white head leaving light lacing. Dates and figs nose. Start and middle are more of the same with a heavy whiskey and rum booziness entering late and lasting through the finish. Medium body and carbonation. No hop aromas detectable, very sweet. One of the least pleasing barleywines I’ve had.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Clear amber with no head. Aroma is very muted with some crystal/caramel character and not much else. Flavor is overly sweet, almost like unfermented candi sugar. Slight alcohol in finish, almost no hop character to speak of. Slight oxidation. Watery thin.
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
3 oz. sample on tap at Brouwer’s Café for Hard Liver, pours dark mahogany. Aroma of light toasted malts and caramel – pretty one-dimensional. Flavour is very syrupy, overly sweet caramel and candy. Palate is way too syrupy and cloying. A little offensive, really.