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.
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.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2012: This isone the most beautiful looking pours Iíve seen. smelled great, tasted a little ííhoppyíí for me, yet balanced. I just prefer a sweeter barley wine, and this is one of the best. Let the malt shine through more and they have a knockout for me. Still, a very nice barley wine and hard to find one that isnt all hopped up these day, this one less than most. Will enjoy this again.
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.
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.