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.
nj_BierMaven (122) - 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!
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.
sharkweek (119) - 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.
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.
phikus01 (112) - 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
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.
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.
PaulUnwin (87) - 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.