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.
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 (172) - 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...
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with minimal head. Had a lot of character on the nose. I got grapefruit, cherry, plumb, and grape. While sweetness is the story, there is a noticable hop bite. Real thin and light for a barleywine. This is a good beer, but way overpriced.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008. Pours orange amber color. Smells of hops and citrus. Tasted tart, almost like grapfruit juice. I don’t know if that’s right, but others tasting it agreed.
Might have to age one.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 This beer MUST be allowed to warm to thouroughly enjoy what it has to offer. Deep red with a cascading head as you pour. Not shy with the hops but balanced superbly by a massive malt presence. Toffee, pears and spruce come through in the flavor that stays with you for what seems to a whole day.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy cow...one of my friends saved this for me for almost a year and brought it down...this, by far, is the best bw I’ve ever had. Awesome hoppiness, just makes you want to spend a paycheck on ’em.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark pink ruby color with a thick, but fading head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of citrus, hops, and flowers. Flavor is intense and sweet with roasty and citrusy hops. Huge sticky mouthfeel that finishes with silk. This is the quintessential Barley Wine.