hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber/red. Slight off white head. Aromas of malt, hops, resiny, piney, spicy with a nice alcohol aroma. Initial flavor is spicy and sweet. Alcohol burns the lips. Malty, oily, resinous, delicious hop flavor and a nice bourbony smooth alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, overall pretty solid. A very hoppy barley wine, solid.
rnunes75 (88) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal
winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category.
Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine
Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release.
NotoriousJ (35) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage pours a deep amber color with a fine white head that recedes quickly with no retention. Aroma is of sweet caramels, roasted malts, honey. Rich malty flavor that mixes well with the intense bitterness. Really like this beer with a few years age to it would love to have another in 2 years guarantee it would be even better
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williamstome (752) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruddy brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma of fruit and pita bread. Flavor of alcohol, fruit, toffee. Boozy and sweet, full bodied, sharp finish.
BadAprilia1000 (215) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Vintage. Pours a cloudy copper /dark amber. Very little head retention. Aroma on this beer is pretty profound. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, funky cheese, honey assorted berry fruits,, and a little bit boozy. Taste is pretty big. Notes of honey, caramel, candy sugar, roasted chocolate, cocoa nibs, pine hop notes, a slight nuttiness, and a little booze on the end. Very enjoyable. Very smooth on the palate. Very drinkable for an 11%-er could be really dangerous.
Niksko (261) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage on tap. Gorgeous ruby amber color with some fine off white head. Nose is stupidly grainy, smells like freshly milled malts. Some toast, caramel, honey, red berries. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, honey, grainy, red berries, some pine bitterness on the finish. This is crazy good.
Advocate_Ames (384) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4yr old bottle, 2010 early release. Pours a reddish copper color with a defined foam head that dissipates quickly to leave a soft ring of foam that hugged my glass. The aroma is rich of malts with sweet carmel malts dominating my nose. I also picked up on a weak old hop scent, booze, sugar, and possibly a weak fruit additive. In tasting I picked on a malts, toffee like flavor, sugar sweetener, and a medium to high level of booze. The finish was similar in the initial taste but it had a mild but kind lingering bitterness. Overall it was a damn good brew and age has been good to this bottle.
Doghair (241) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful malty caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is big and intense caramely malt. Fruit, raisins, a little coffee. Noticeable bitterness in the finish but it works with the sweetness. Excellent!
Jimthechap (1479) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Great New Zealand Beer Festival, this was an excellent beer to end my tasting enterprises before I completely lost my organoleptic faculties. It was just as barley wine should be with a ruby-mahogany body and white head, deep lustrous copper beech, cherry and leathery aromas. A sweet body with excellent warmth and silky smoothness with a surprising elegant addition of woody bitterness. A long finish and a happy warmth left behind. I love barley wine and this is an excellent exemplar.
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light orange color with big ivory head. Citrus and malt aroma . Nice lacing. Another Stone over the Top beer. Alcohol is the firstthing that hits the palate. This stuff will kick your ass. Sour and sweet and bitter. I thought the alcohol taste was a bit much.
stevoj (1699) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the good stuff! Potent but extremely drinkable. Gorgeous appearance with a small creamy head, amber/ruby body, sweet fruit and cidery aroma, malt and hops kick in on the taste. Lots of warming action on the way down.