coolfunnj (323) - 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
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap->honker: Pours a thin white head atop a murky, dark amber body. A mild, sweet aroma. Full bodied, moderately sweet, but not too heavy, finishing with a pleasant sweetness and a general sweetness on the tongue.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy mahogany color with a light tan head. Aroma is earthy, leaves, floral, citrus, caramel, and a very faint banana smell. Taste is bitter citrus, molasses, pine, nuts, chocolate, and a bitter, boozey finish.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Delicious barley wine aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is more caramel and toasted malt with a nice hint of hops on the finish. Very smooth. Good beer.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle -brown pour -beige head -aroma and taste of fruit,caramel, spice -sweet bitter finish
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rusty red, very murky. A finger’s worth of foam which quickly dissipated. The aroma is heavy on pepper, spice and licorice. The taste certainly has a good bit of spicy hops up front and licorice, though the spicy flavor comes through stronger as the beer warms up. Alcohol is barely discernable. Very soft on the palate. A very interesting and excellent brew.
Chipper (303) - 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.
beerandIT (300) - 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.