rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kenny Road Market. Pours a ruby-brown with a finger of off-white head that laced well. The nose was hoppy with citrus, caramel, and hand fruit. The flavor is similar but with a noticeable heat from the booze. Pretty good.
DragonsHead (140) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this beer! I’ve tried a few of the scratch series, after not hearing the best reviews, but this barley wine is wonderful! Hops and sugary malt aroma. The flavor of hops dominates, which I really enjoy in this style. Happy when I see a BW without too much sweetness, but just enough.
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to lb4lb for just giving me this bottle to try. Pours a muddy brown with only a slight head that almost instantly left the glass. A little bit of lacing. Smell is huge, sweet caramel. Not entirely complex but quite nice nonetheless. Taste is huge creamy caramel up front with a decent hop bitterness fading into the after taste. Quite viscous. A nice barleywine, I really enjoyed this one.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a musty pastel-crimson, with a couple fingers of puffy, lacy, off-white head. Smells of sugary malts and piny hops, with notes of chocolate, caramel, soy, and even some pipe-tobacco. Taste starts with the sugary malts, with hints of birch, then segues into juniper hops before easing back into sweet chocolate and caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. This beer feels more carbonated than it appears, and has a lingering, sappy mouthfeel. A very... dynamic beer.
mrohia (122) - - MAY 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chappy's in Dayton, OH on tap. Delicious. Lasts long on the palate. Oak, bourbon and caramel. Perfectly bitter.
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jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy and brownish-red with dark brown hints. An small off-white head fully disappeared instantly.
Toasted grain and multiple hop direction leads in the nose. Grapefruit and spruce/pine mintiness is blunt.
Alcohol is strong but sweet and fruity. Toasted grains are very burnt and slightly acrid. The flavor is not as bitter as expected, but is indeed highly hoppy. Depth of complexity is modest. Sweetness is medium and has a distinct burnt sugar aftertaste. The finish is chewy and malty, semi-sweet and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is thickish and medium-full bodied.
Great offering, the strongest I have had from this brewery and one of the tops in this style.
sallad (115) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy bronze, reddish highlights, thick, fizzy head is darker than you would expect. Resiny aromas of sweet honey, pine and blueberry. Large malt body, perhaps slightly oxidized, with a bit of citrus in the finish and a thin, dry bitter aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth on the way down.
djaquay (108) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty like a stout, beautiful black pour, mild hint of the warmth of the alcohol behind, also nice little bitter finish. Very respectable.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of bourbon. Citrus hop also comes through in the aroma. Initial flavor is sweet caramel malt with raisins and plums, subdued oak. Balanced nicely with a citrusy hoppiness. Very slight warming finish. Medium bodied. I’ll definitely age a couple for future tastings.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 This is delicious. Caramel cocoa malty hop nectar. Not a classic barleywine