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
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks like a barleywine, smells like an IPA. The bottle describes this as "pushing Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff", and that is about as accurate of a description of this beer that I can give. Very hoppy taste, with a candied finish that evens it out. I would now consider this one of my personal favorite barleywines.
sharkweek (88) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was the very much an old ale. I am not sure what they mean by a barley wine. The beer tasted so much like an old curmudgeon. Good, not great.
nj_BierMaven (85) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply delicious. As a big fan of English Toffee, this is the closest thing I’ve tasted in a beer, without being cloyingly sweet. Given the ABV I
expected some heat, but no, this is balanced to the point of sheer amazement. A hint of chocolate, nice amber color but a bit cloudy, just enough hops to offset the malt, yet a big departure from their Hop Back and IPA ales. 22 oz. bottle at Joe Canal’s in central NJ, label encouraged some cellar aging but I opened it after a few days in the fridge. Nothing quite like it!
PaulUnwin (85) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sent to me by a friend and trader Andy from MA. Poured a dark brown clour, the aroma is of caramel, chocolate, tastes sweet and boozy. Also tastes creamy and the head and lace are still there to be seen a while after opening. Definately a good Barleywine that I would look for again. Cheers!!
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, dark copper color with barely any head, aroma is heavy American barley wine- lots going on with just as much hop as malt aroma. Taste is the same- man, there is a ton of stuff here- earthy malts are almost meaty (kind of like the Arctic Devil in the malt dept, but not quite that big) and there are a ton of hops. I don’t know that i would say it is well balanced, there is just a lot of each. Also spices, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, alcohol- pretty much everything allowed in the barleywine spectrum. This is fairly fresh still for a barley wine so i think i’d have to let it age a while so the flavors can meld a bit more and smooth out some of the rough edges. Started out pretty cold and let it warm to room temp, which i preferred.
Qubert (62) - USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle poured into Sam Adams special pint glass. Pours a dark brown/red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, malt and hoppy. Flavor is sweet with a ton of hops and some raisin and caramel. Excellent beer.
brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very interesting brew!! Poured a very dark amber with a beige head a good lacing throughout. Aromas were of mild sweetness, some candied sugars and mild chocolate. Flavors were typical of a sweet barleywine with a mild hop background that balanced the flavor very nicely. Medium bodied texture and a great finish. Very unique and flavorful beer ... kind of like someone poured a snort of IPA into my barleywine - can’t wait to have this one again!!