Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle. Pours a beautiful red/amber with minimal white head and decent lacing. Aroma is a mix of grapefruit with cherry. Very sweet. There is something else I can’t describe, possibly sparkling grape. Taste is very sweet up front with a pungent, citrus note. There is a slight hoppy undertone that lingers. Overall a very good beer, but definitely doesn’t live up to the hype. Of course my barley wine knowledge is very limited.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks pailhead not sure on the vintage . Pours a ruby amber with little to no head what else do you expect from an aged barley wine. Huge alcohal flavor backed by a carmely malt flavor. Huge hop flavor with sone pine citrus and a doughy malty finish ..
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellow wax. Pours a dark transparent caramel colored body with a tight off-white head. Smells of caramel, vanilla and candied almonds fill the nose. The pallate is smooth and just a bit dry but with very little alcohol soak. Flavors of caramel malts, vanilla, dates, and dried dark fruit dominate and I know it sounds weird but I got some sense of a chewing on the wooden stick after eating a drumstick, the ice cream treat... whatever. I was blown away by the balance of this beer. It was rich and dessert like, amazing.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Three Floyds on DLD.
Pours a delicious fat golden amber with off white head. The aroma is complex with notes of caramel, apricot, apple, spicy hops, citrusy hops, and piney hops. The flavor is equally delicious, pummeling my tongue with caramels, fruits, alcohol, and hops. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky but great. Overall, this is very well balanced and delicious. Another win for the Floyds and Co.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn. Rating #667 for this beer. 666 would have been sweet. Caught 4 bottles of 07 @ $5 a pop. Had 08 on draft. Nothing in comparison. Bottle better, so rated. Deep hazy ruby amber. Thick, smooth, enduring tan head. Smell is just, wow! Overload of citrus, caramel and fruit in the nose. Taste is big. Sticky. Cherries, berries, citrus, pine, and caramel. Impressive hops year+ after bottling. Warming, but not apparently hot. Almost an oaky edge. 1299 would be reasonable. Just too pricy to indulge. Savor.
Barnoloid (178) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Behemoth pours a wonderful dark brown with a thin head and good lacing. This is extremely well balanced, with plummy and toffee notes. Opens up as it warms, as with any solid barleywine.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Despite the recommendation to wait till fall to open this monster, I had to drink this. Mahogany pour has brief off-white head and an explosive nose of piney hops, cherry, and caramel. Lively carbonation and hoppiness give this barleywine a real vitality. Flavor is hop-forward richness that did manage, even with my over-anxious opening of a fresh batch, bring forth malty dimensions dominated by a sticky sweet caramel. One of the best American barleys, hands down.
tdoyledesign (174) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at 3F. Pours an auburn color with no head. Aroma is molasses and malts. Taste is pleasantly sweet and hides the ABV well. Palate is well balanced with subtle hints of sugar, malts and molasses. One of the better barleywines I have had.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011. Pours a nice, see-through amber. Aroma is sticky and hoppy, lots of citrus character. Nice lemon rind, mango notes. Grapefruit somewhere in there. Taste is super sweet and malty, balanced bitterness. Finish is all wonderful hops. Lingering flavor, very sticky mouthfeel. Flavor is delightfully sweet with caramel notes and finishes with some very pleasant hop notes of orange peel and juicy tangerine. If this were as available as Bigfoot I’d be homeless...
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is very complex: Molasses, ginger, caramel, strawberries, and citrus with notes of alcohol. Fruity flavours, some caramel somewhat sour with a thick and rich mouthfeel and a well balanced finish. Extra point for the waxed bottle top...