marv3mania (161) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is very dark brown, almost black, with a lasting medium tan head. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The taste mostly follows the nose, with some alcohol taste apparent, too. Very rich, complex flavor. Mouth is light carbonation and smooth, almost oily feel. Overall, itís pretty tasty, though the alcohol taste doesnít completely suit me.
andrewje41 (154) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Thanks Frankie. Dark brown pour with a sweet, boozy aroma. This beer doesnít taste nearly as strong as it smells or looks. Very smooth. Amazing roasted flavor. Has the aged beer feel, without the boozy side. Awesome beer.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Single bottle from August 2013. Very sweet and malty aroma - figs, gapes, caramel. Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Very sweet at first, then a big hit of brandy-style alcohol and a slightly hoppy finish. Slick mouthfeel. Would be interested in seeing the difference after another year or so of cellaring.
ajnepple (1689) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottled 2 years ago, purchased at Johnís Grocery ($3.49) and poured into a snifter at home. Dark brown appearance with a small, light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark malts, earthy hops, vanilla, fruity esters, toffee and light alcohol. Similar flavor, rich, complex, bittersweet, lingering finish. Full body, creamy and smooth, nice texture. One of the best barley wines I have ever had.
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Brown with ruby tones and a tan head. Aroma of roast malt and caramel. Flavor follws nose but ends with an astringent bite. Great beer.
BrewHaMeister (103) - - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy ruby brown with an tan head. Aromas of raisin, fig, malt, and caramel. Flavors of caramel and booze with a slight bitterness.
Mrnoluv (120) - long beach, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet smell, has a dirty pond water look, light head. Iím not a huge barley wine fan, but this is a good one.
kid_piwo (13) - - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage opened today. Typical dark fruit nose with booze, good low carbonation mouthfeel. Aging provided nice mellow rounded edges. Sweet, touch of bitter, just a hint of alcohol.
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. amber mahogany with minimal head. sweet malty base with dark fruit. complex flavor. well done.
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blue monk. Beautiful mahogany dark or with an off white head. Nose is dark fruit and booze. Taste is sweet dark malt, raisin, Fig, booze, some yeast.
Smurf2055 (1303) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep ruby minimal head
Smell sweet juicy fig and caramel, bit of coco, toffee, raisin
Taste bread, caramel, booze, big classic barleywine flavors
Mid to fuller body
Smell great, everything else was only ok