thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what you call a bouquet. There’s syrup and molasses and citrus and honey and just a whole mish mosh of all sorts of fruits and sugars. The flavor is just as colorful with a strong initial punch of sweet followed by a bitter bite. The palate is wonderfully smooth. You think it will finish harshly, but it doesn’t. Looks great too!
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2010. lots of sweet grapefruit and darker caramel malt. being relatively fresh, the hops are still there which leaves quite a bitter finish. Slightly messy, over a year or two i expect this to really come together.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A barleywine? Drinks a little "easier" than you’d expect. Tons of hops, nice malt character. Seems like an imperial IPA with some dark crystal malts. Pours deep deep amber with a nice white to off white head.
22 oz bottle
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 (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, 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.
djaquay (136) - 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.
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.
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.
nj_BierMaven (116) - 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!