mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 22 oz bottle: the aroma really grabs you at first. Smells floraly, hoppy, malty, fruity, and wonderful. The head is small, but itís extremely creamy and swirly. beautiful deep, deep golden color. The alcohol is hidden behind a multi facited of hops, fruits, malts and buttery goodness. I like this brew because itís quite, quite hoppy and malty. I feel similar tastes, aromas, and finishes from both IPAs and american strong ales... quite an experience.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful. Cannot believe this beer is not opaque for all the malt they must use to obtain double-digit alcohol content. Dark orange-brown with a tight head, this brew smells of pine oil, limey esters, slight banana, and malt. Rich, very hoppy with a rather noticable amount of alcohol, this is a strong ale drinkerís barleywine.
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice barley wine picked it up at ks liquors for 4.22 a bottle very drinkable for being 11.26ABV Hops are very strong tastes like india pale ale with chocolate,caramel and some fruit notes.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massively malty with a good amounts of hops too. Not the best barley wine, but it is well made. Lots of alcohol and puts you on your ass pretty quick!
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Vintage out of a 22oz. bomber. Pours a dark amber color with a very thin, quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is very hoppy, with a light fruitiness and a sweet caramel undertone. On the forefront of the palate, there is a sweet malty character with large notes of hoppy bitterness. About midway through, their is a light caramel sweetness. The finish is a very piney hop bitterness. After warming up a bit, the malty characters start to come through more. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but has that smoothness associated with most barleywines. Overall, much more hoppy than I expected, but a smooth drinker nonetheless. Almost too hoppy for me to consider it an amazing barleywine right now. Seriously drinks more like a dark imperial IPA. But I think a few years in the cellar would really round this out into a nice barleywine!
kaiho (70) - - AUG 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg into a half pint chalice at the White Horse, sw6.
Intense is the word for this beer. It has amped-up levels of everything. A beautiful ruddy brownish in the glass that glows with an infernal red when viewed against a light. Bitter, sweet and thick all at once in the mouth. Delicious booziness wafts through the mouth into the nose on a swallow. Likening this to port wine is perhaps most appropriate. Best enjoyed as a rare after dinner treat.
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color. Aroma is caramel, raisins, spices. Taste is caramel, alcohol, grapes, nuts, and spice. Though a slight alcohol burn can be felt, it remains very smooth. This being my first barley wine, I was pleasantly surprised.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours deep orange and amber. Very hoppy. Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine.
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just amazing. Has a bunch of powerful flavors that i am having problem putting a name on. Very sweet but balanced out by a lot of hops. Reminds me a bit of the best imperial ipaís i have had, but with something more.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2008 Spring Release) Slightly coppery golden color with a medium to thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel - just a touch nutty and bits of orange. Very creamy mouthfeel, somewhat viscous with inital flavors of toffee and caramel, lightly roasty, moving toward a more bitter finish toward the end. Finish is not crisp but with a lingering bittering. This is still a very young barley wine - it should mooth out in another 6-12 months. Maybe will revisit it in a year or so...