Chipper (302) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with a moderate off-white head. Hoppy, sweet, and a little spicy aroma. Rich, big mouth feel, with some hop bitterness, and a big hit of malt and dried fruit at the end.
coolfunnj (298) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
earthy funky roasty yeasty aroma..appearance of red wine(albeit cloudy red wine) with a white head..tastes delicious..like red apples spiciness malty yeast and roasty malts and a bit of conspiring hop bitterness in the flavor..drinkable..well carbonated and alcohol well hidden..odd but good
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Troegs does it again! Dark color. Smells simcoe but has more subtle complexities. A bit of chocolate in there. Not much head but that’s no big deal for a barley wine. Clean finish on that chocolate but does not stick around too long. Hop finish that lingers as it is supposed to, kind of like a family member. Excellent showing by Troegs and would like to get another one to see what happens when I cellar it.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a really deep, dark mahogany color, dark amber highlights, with a suprisingly big inch and a half of light tan head that sticks around like crazy. Aromas of light nutty malts, flowery and spicy hop notes, Little if any booze on the nose. Flavor starts with some light peppery spice, follows with some booze and smooth toasted malt sweetness. Some citrus in the background. Definitely a sharp hop bite that blends with the evident booze. Palate shows that booze in a light lingering hot sharpness, full flavor and a clean finish. Very good hoppy american barleywine.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 22oz Bottle. Oozed out of the bottle a beautiful turbid earthy garnet, with amber highlights and a soft creamy tan head that provided remarkable uber lacing. Wonderfully redolent of high alpha hops: pine needles, grapefruit, orange; then caramel-chocolate, raisin, and fig with hints of roast malt. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar with an intense malting. Tasted spectacular. Fresh pine needles, pink grapefruit, orange - perhaps mandarin - then caramel, cocoa, raisin, fig, slight licorice-toffee spiciness. It’s palate exacerbates the jubilance of the experience. Viscous and soft, full but not heavy, bitter but not cloying, intense but simple, warming but not burning. Amazing. So close to perfection.
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a barleywine. This hits me as a dark ipa. Tan head that fades quick but clings. Hoppy yet sweet. I like most of the Troegs brews and this is no exception.
AxlLives (284) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - pours caramel-red with medium lasting tan-white head. Aromas of cocoa, hops, malty figgy goodness. Full-bodied, big palate with bittering hoppy finish. Tasty tasty tasty!!! Bosworth!
Lothore (276) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a ruddy, reddish brown hue with a small, off white head.
S- Smells incredibly malty and sweet with caramel and raisins coming to the forefront. Definitely a piney hop character.
T- Suprisingly balanced and smooth. Starts off with raisins, caramel, moves to a sort of cassis flavor followed by a small amount of hops which fades to a lingering maltiness on the tongue.
M- Fairly viscous with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Based on the old reviews i’ve read, the hops have cooled down a lot on this one. It’s drinking really nice right now. I might be inclined to drink it now for those who still have some! I’d be interested to see how the balance is in another 6 months. Too bad this isn’t more available or I would seek out another bottle. Thanks go out to risser for this one.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to MordorMongo from BeerAdvocate for supplying this one as a generous extra.
A dark oak pour with low clarity, a frothing beige head that grows with the pour and retains pretty stubbornly, lovely lacing.
Massive aroma, beautifully balanced with no apparent booze, this thing reeks of gravity of all sorts.
Taste is interesting, the heavy malts don’t have the presence that I thought they would - the hops here dominate an underpowered malt profile, still a gorgeous mix though, reminiscent of a west coast BW, it reminds my of a heartier Old Ruffian that would probably slide into the typical barleywine malt/hop equilibrium with some age.
Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, no complaints really.
I’m very grateful for getting the chance to try this foreign elixir, would love to throw one or two in the cellar some day - straight to my wants!
michcam8 (261) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good barley wine. Heavy malt aroma and taste, but not overwhelming like others. Balanced with dark fruits, toasty bread, and slight hop bitterness. Good amount of lacing on glass and is dark brown in color with a tan fluffy head. Creamy mouthful. Would recommend to others.