Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden color with a medium size off-white head. No lacing. Pleasantly sweet with a fruity aroma and taste. Slightly bitter finish. Quite enjorable.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 vintage. Amber color. Thick head with good retention. Aroma of dried fruits and some malt sweetness. Some citrusy hop aroma is detectable. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet caramel with a well rounded complex flavor. Bold hop bitterness on the long finish.
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Nice garnet color, big soapy slightly tan head, quite translucent. Exceptional aroma highlighted by traces of heavy malt, leather, earthy/piney hops, and caramelized sugar. Taste is more of the same goodness! Oaky and intensely malty notes give way to a splash of dark cherry and fig before drying out heavily on the sticky finish. Subsequent swallows bring it all back for revenge in the throat. Hell of a beer!
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounces of the bottled brew. Yummy fun. Caramel color, caramel aroma and...caramel flavor, with a slowly approaching, wonderful hops finish. Very high alcohol not apparent, except for its affect on brain cells...
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. This beer is very thick and creamy, with a sweet and hoppy flavor that is in great balance. Its quite complex and has a long-lasting flavor profile. Earthy and alcohol finish. Great Barleywine.
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, 2008 edition. Pours a clear copper with 2 cm off-white head. Aroma of malt, apples, grapes, and alcohol. Flavor is spiked apple juice with a slight hint of hops on the backend. Finishes hoppy and alcoholic. Light lacing, light carbonation, medium body, strong alcohol presence. Drinkable, more so to say you have tried it than anything else.
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep complex ale with sweet and hearty malts and just enough west coast hops to satisfy any hophead. Poured a amber with off-white head. Seemed to me to be more ion the American Strong Ale class than a barleywine, but after a big ole 22 oz draft, an early bedtime, and a relatively sleepness night brought on by the big ABV, I am convinced otherwise.
aaronbr (133) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark cloudy orange appearance, we’re sharing a bomber of this across three people. Hoppy and a bit spicy. I taste the alcohol on this one. Not too fizzy, it stays pretty soft. A sip of this is certainly a mouthful. This is a pretty good barleywine, very well balanced.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Pours a light mahogany with a small head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, caramel,sugar,and a hint of lemon. Taste starts out dry and sweet but quickly moves to a hops bitter and alcohol. The hops resin is really there in this one. Medium mouthfeel. I would almost say this is a dark DIPA more than a barleywine. Needs to cellar for sure. Not bad at all just was not expecting so much hops.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep brownish red color. Alcohol and hops very apparent in the aroma. Lots of hops and malt taste, bitter finish with a slight burn of the alcohol in this one.