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.
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark orange pour with a very small off white head , sweet aroma and taste. The only other barley wine Iíve had was Dieu Du Ciel Solstice díHiver which doesnít exactly taste the same but I think I like this one slightly more.
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 OíBrians in SD. Aroma wasnít anything amazing, and it seemed pretty opaque for a 10% barleywine, but it has a solid flavor to it, all the barleywines Iíve 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 itís 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
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.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep reddish pour, small amount of off white head, little carbonation...super malty, very sweet, boozy, not much bitterness from hops
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Early edition 2008. Pour is golden amber and has a thick white head. Not alot of aroma, but hoppy citrus is detectable. Tastes is good, with a a crisp citrus hops finish and smooth mouthfeel.