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
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.
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! Havenít 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.
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour with a moderate frothy white head. Grass, citrus fruit, caramel and sugar aroma. Taste of dark fruits, citrus and floral hops, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. This brew is well balanced with a syrupy mouthfeel.
thefrutigers (101) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 22oz: 2009 release: Poured a murky amber with a small head. Hops smells with grapefruti and pine. Tasted sweet and malty with extreme hop flavor and bitterness. Lasting bitterness...long lasting! Medium body.
Overall really enjoyed and would not mind letting one of these age and try later.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours in orange/amber with a creamy off white head which leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, vinuous fruits (plum/raisin) with some citrus from the hops. Moderate alcohol considering 11% ABV. Flavor is complex with and mirrors aroma. Hops are prominent but do not overwhelm. Very smooth finish. Medium light mouthfeel. An excellent Barley Wine.
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Vintage. On tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Pours dark-rich amber and opaque. Nice aroma of rich and complex hops. No real head. Flavor begins spicy and hoppy and finishes with a really nice sweet green apple lingering after taste. There is still a hint of alcohol, but it is subtle and very enjoyable.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Deep amber, almost ruby color, thin white head, left good lacing on my glass. Aroma is incredibly complex, fruits, alcohol, malt, some gentle spices in there, my nose was glued to the rim of my glass. Flavor is bold, malt, hops, a very noticable alcohol bite, finish has a lot of oak and smoky flavors in it. A little too aggressive in my opinion, a little harsh, it didnít have the sturdy palate to back it up (like say the Speedway, which I lauded for itís bold flavor, but since these are different styles itís apples and oranges). Mouthfeel is smooth, the alcohol really stands out along with the oak after each sip. Wish I could have tried the older vintages, but then again this beer was still quite a treat. A small step below the Old Numbskull and the Old Horizontal (two of the finest beers Iíve ever had, so thatís legit company to be in). Hoping that after aging a bit the flavor will be a little more rounded and less overwhelming, Iíll check back in 6 months or so. Also, drinking an entire bomber by yourself will get you feeling great, I can sense my writing ability decline with the level of the beer in the bottle.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Bottled. Red tinted amber with small but stiff head. Smells of fruits (mostly apricot) and hops. A bit syrupy, a little sticky, but not too sweet. Tastes of toffee dried fruit; apricot, papaya and a bit of plum. I think you can feel the alcohol in your mouth and nose more than you can taste it. Definitely warms as it goes down. I really enjoyed the short story on the back of the bottle. One could write an entire literary review on it. I havenít had a chance to go to the brewery yet, but it sounds like it is fast growing and Greg is having some trouble dealing with the change. Lots of nostalgia with a hint of regret. You rarely get an insight into what goes on or what the brewers think of their beer. Anyway, the beer was great, thanks Greg!
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Vadaliaís in Landsdale. Nice pour to a thick creamy head that lasted only seconds but laced nicely.Rather light amber color for such a big Barley Wine. Nice sweet nose of malt, malt, malt, + some more malt. Nice balance of hops for such a big beer too. Very sweet and sticky like a good piece of caramel and just enough carbonation to remind you this is a beer. The abv heat is not as extreme as I expected but is the nice little warm feeling your left with after each drink. Make this bomber last awhile to appreciate it. This would age very nicely for 2-3 yrs. It is a shame it would never last that long in my house.