Lowe1983 (1389) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of sweet and caramel malts, dark fruits, and citrus hops. Flavor is the caramel malts up front with a hint of dark fruits. The finish is bitter with the citrus hops and a little alcohol warming.
hman43 (604) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It has an aroma of plum and tones of sherry. It is a cloudy brown with a light head that lasts a bit. It has that strong Barley wine flavor with a decent taste but a stronger bitter finish than most.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. not feeling this particular barley wine. Its really amazing on how different one from the other can be but this isnt for me.
sturmthis (896) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy Ruby color. Hoppy aroma. A bitter taste with alcohol and pine. It is a nice beer to sip on.
rxeight (1891) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from George. Aroma of bitter candy and a bit of booze. Taste is slightly sweet an fairly bitter for a barleywine. No real other flavors just barleywine. Pretty taste.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Solid copper body, not much head forms at all, only a timid, beige film that stretches across the top, outlined by a thin collar. Aroma has some light fig & prune notes with a heavier underbody of caramel sweetness. Light oxidation notes, wet cardboard, hints of pear, & some grassy herbage in the finish. Taste is quite sweet & malty, hitting with caramel & toffee up front, followed by soft apple skins, figs, & faint anise. Again, it takes like some oxidation has taken place, despite the relatively young age of the bottle. Relatively sticky but not necessarily thick. It isnít bad, but itís not very exciting, & I could do without the oxidation as itís a little distracting. As Kevin put it, it smells "old".
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, orange marmalade color,with some soapy foam, nice piney nose, flavor of pine cones and some good metallic hops, clean hoppy finish
Pailhead (5634) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and some herbal hoppy notes. It pours a mostly transparent orangish-red with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and a touch of fruit. The finish has some aged citrus hops, light oxidation, and some faint herbal notes. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, I know this is relatively fresh, but it tastes like itís been aged.
Shot (256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy golden red with a thin but creamy head. Aromas are delicious caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavors are caramel malt, butterscotch, dried apricot, and biscuit. Big, boozy finish with floral hop bite. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel. This is a massive, huge, bold barley wine. Lovely. This one is a keeper.
bth122 (1340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a copper color with hearty size head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel, toffee biscuit, brown sugar malt. Good hop/ malt balance. Smooth. Medium to heavy body. Nice texture. Some warming alcohol. Still, itís a pretty big malt bomb, but has good background hops. Well done.