Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy, amber-orange color with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fair lacing. Aroma is a strong malty sweetness, some caramel, raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is initially a strong, sweet maltiness followed by a hop bitterness. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Hints of pepper. Full bodied. Long, bitter finish.
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille early 2009: Un appétissant parfum d’houblons rappelle le détergent à plancher Pine Oil, le mal de tête et les saignements de nez en moins. Jolie robe orangée / rougeâtre, opaque. En bouche, j’ai pour ma part trouvé que l’amertume s’exprimait beaucoup trop, voire agressivement en face de la douceur du malt en comparaison d’autres exemples propres au style. Alcool très fort en bouche.
Probablement un cas de bière trop « fraîche ».
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff... First one I've had of the new recipe. Bottle, ~50deg F by the way.
You can smell it as soon as the bottle is opened. A very fruity/citrucy/hoppy scent. Pours beautifully amber and clear, with a decent head for a BW. Taste is kick-your-butt right up front with sweet malts, a whole mess of hops, citrucy flavors, grapefruit alcohol and spicy! Definately a warm beer, the 10% packs a real kick on the way down. Very enjoyable to sip on for a looong time. Highly recommended. :)
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 Various vintages and ages. Pours a beautiful light rosewood color. Doughy, complex nose with tropical fruits and flowers. Quite bitter and unfortunately not in a good way. Bright on the palate with a caressing, long finish. Want the bottle-conditioned version back.
kabsetter (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2012: This isone the most beautiful looking pours I’ve seen. smelled great, tasted a little ’’hoppy’’ for me, yet balanced. I just prefer a sweeter barley wine, and this is one of the best. Let the malt shine through more and they have a knockout for me. Still, a very nice barley wine and hard to find one that isnt all hopped up these day, this one less than most. Will enjoy this again.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had 2004 edition of this at O’Brians in SD. Aroma wasn’t anything amazing, and it seemed pretty opaque for a 10% barleywine, but it has a solid flavor to it, all the barleywines I’ve had have been improperly balanced between flavor and the taste of the alcohol, this one seems to get the formula right and has a solid balance of flavor balanced by the alcohol taste. I would say it’s one of the better barleywines available.
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stunning redish clear pour. Aroma deep with hops and malt as well as some fruit. Taste was huge with malt and a nice bitterness. The subtle hints of breads and barley came about mid swallow and the brew finished bitter and slightly sweet. Good stuff from the boys down in Escondido.
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange hues with a little white head. Not a very overwhelming hoppy aroma, but instead, heavy malty scents. Good malt flavor with out the sickly sweetness. Light body and balanced carbonation. A lingering soft sour finish. Good barleywine
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of hobbersr. Damn this has a hoppy aroma! Haven’t even tasted it yet and I can smell how thick it is. The taste is even bigger than the smell, with burnt toast and burnt marshmellow with the usual barley wine fruits. Very good.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale pours a hazy copperwith a nice sized head and great lacing. Flavors of caramel,mild hops, and slightly floral. full bodied and very nice.07 vintage at The Petrol Station.