sharkweek (99) - 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 (94) - 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 (86) - 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!!
tschof (54) - - DEC 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Outstanding. First glass is good...second one is over the top good. Malty carmel finish with a hoppy front. Alcohol is well hidden unlike other barleys I’ve had. Troeg’s never disappoints. Combo somewhere between nugget necter and troegenator
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Steve, thanks man!! My impressions of this are fading as I’m rating it from memory. Some really nice things going on, but it’s really on the hoppy side for a barleywine. Actually reminded me of Nugget Nectar with a heavier, fruitier malt presence. Good, but I think this one needs to sit for a year.
pinto1993 (45) - Revere, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml capped bottle poured into hefeweizen glass. Color is dark reddish-brown with 1 finger head. Smells of sugar and floral hops. Taste is of sweet caramel with mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium carbonation and a little alcohol burn at the end. Very drinkable.
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark amber with ample foam, got to be unfiltered. Aroma of caramel, molasses, raisin, and some citrus. Starts with sweet toasted grains and toffee and then follows quickly with moderately bitter hop finish. A little bit of booziness, but really drinkable for a barleywine. Great rounded taste and another excellent beer from Troegs!