sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber! Orange-amber pour, not much head. Great aroma of cherry and caramel, with a huge boozy background. Flavor is dominated by alcohol, which overwhelms the caramel sweetness and malt complexity. Hops bitterness in the finish along with a good amount of heat. Good overall, but there are many more American barley wines with more balance at comparable ABVs.
NeuroPliny (226) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish copper. Powerful bacon-hickory aroma with heavy smoke. There is a huge disconnect between the aroma and the taste. Bubbly bold effervescent hops up front with a long well balanced astringent finish. What a complex beer!
beerlover82 (225) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red with creamy head about a finger thick. Smells of tropical fruits, caramel and some barley. Really inviting. Tastes of mango, bananas barley and some hops come in the background to finish things off. Alcohol is noticeable a bit, but not overpowering. A fantastic barleywine. Hope to score some more in the future.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just got the 2005 release, in a 22 oz. bottle. I was really impressed by the sweet bitterness of this brew. It went down nice and smooth, I might have to get another bottle of this before they sell out.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light amber with almost no head. A classic sweet barley smell to it, that is the trademark of this style. Intense sweet barley taste to an odd, but good bitter taste. A long lasting changing aftertaste going from bitter back to sweet. Another nice stone beer.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably should not have drank this on a hot day. What can I say? Itís a Barleywine. Lots of great flavor, beautiful color for the style.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel malts and sharp alcohol. The flavor is caramel/toffee malts, with a sharp hop bitterness and alcohol bite. This beer does not have the complexity of malt flavors that is present in most other good barley wines. Good, but not great.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out light red with creamy foam. Smells sweet and piney. Taste is sweet malt upfront with lots of bitter hops to finish. Thick and complex, but good balance. Pretty strong now but will mellow with age. Tasty brew.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I do like this style, but this one didnít do it for me. Could have used a bigger malt presence. Something slightly astringent in the finish too.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i havenít had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more.