sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amount of deep hops and malts on the nose. Slight haze to the golden viscous fluid with slight head but lace that sticks like glue. Rich, expansive sweet liquid hits your mouth with a long lingering finish of hops.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 0z. bottle of the early limited release 2008. pours a medium body orange /amber, with a small off white head. Aroma is faint subltle malt and sugar. Starts balanced and spicey. Malt sweetness is subtle. hops are slightly citrus and spicey. has a nice warming feel and has a bitter finish. Lacks the body/malt bill , and complexity I expect in a barleywine. Still a nice beer, but seems more of IIPA
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65 cl. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Lots of malt - caramel, bread and some raisins. Fruity notes of peach. Quite some hops as well. Grapefruit aroma revealed on tasting. The flavor is initally sweet, leaving way to a long-lingering, subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is burning with stinging carbonation.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
slight hop profile, but mainly sweet barley wine aroma, that is just right and well balanced with the hops possibly a little bit of vanilla and strawbeery in there as well appearance is a light amber color, so far its looking to be an awesome beer, flavor is has some slight bitterness through the entire taste, but finishes pleasently sweet, i believe the balance between the hops and the sweet malt flavor is much better then that of the big foot ale, and the aroma is great, overall very good beer, and pretty different from your usual stone brews, but nonetheless a great addition to the beers
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
really nice dark tan color with a hint of copper. The aromas are very sweet, smells like caramel and brown sugar. there is also some brown sugar flavor along with some nice pine which balances it out. there is also a little citrus (orange) which hits the palate a little later than the other flavors. somewhat thick mouthfeel, but still easy to drink.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great solid example of a barley wine. balanced malty hoppy. I like all my beer warm and flat in a brandy sniffer. usually warm it up with my hands and let it sit for a bit... i spend some time with it. great front side and top of the tongue flavor, leaves a slight bitterness at the back.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruit taste with a bit of a sour finish. Nice amount of alchie. Can’t wait to have another
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited early 2007 release poured form the 22 0z bomber. It has a warm rosy visual appeal, lightly carbonated with a stoic rocky head. The aroma is sweet and sugary, making me think of some rich dessert. As expected, it carries a big stick to the palate ... syrup, oak, cooked caramel, and resin. Would love to do a vertical comparison of this one; me thinks it will age grandly
AlexanderJanku (110) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl. bottle (Early 2009). Colour was Dark brown almost black with a very little foam (dark brown). Aromas are very dark. Caramel, Dark Sugars, not as much alcohol as one should have expected. Taste is incredible. Lots of bitterness and malty flavours, but still totally balanced. AQ Very good Barleywine. Can only be recommended.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber/red. Slight off white head. Aromas of malt, hops, resiny, piney, spicy with a nice alcohol aroma. Initial flavor is spicy and sweet. Alcohol burns the lips. Malty, oily, resinous, delicious hop flavor and a nice bourbony smooth alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is oily and sticky, overall pretty solid. A very hoppy barley wine, solid.