collinthib (8) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good commercial Barleywine. Aroma is inviting without being alcohol hot. Initial taste is smooth building to malty forwardness. Fruity esters are well balanced and not too strong. A very decent commercial Barleywine.
MacBoost (1356) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear brown with a tan head. Pretty thin looking. Aromas of caramel, some light floral notes. Taste is sweet and lightly bitter. Flavors of toffee, caramel, pine sap. More bitter as it warms. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Thin. Very English style. Solid.
fcjack1 (175) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 99 bottles. Pours dark brown. Thin tan head. Scent is alcohol and sweetness. Taste is a little less sweet. Malty, some dark fruits. Pretty good beer.
rodenbach99 (3244) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ The Ginger Man à Manhattan. En fût, Un superbe barley wine intense, sucré avec une forte dose de houblon. On se rapproche du sucre d’orge tellement c’est intense. Les houblons amères sont piquants sur la langue. Une bière extrême tant au nez qu’en bouche.
jw0406 (801) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15th anniversary bottle pours a black color with a small head. Aromas of oak, dark fruits,. Full bodied, probably a year or two past it’s peak.
williamstome (946) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep chocolaty brown, foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, alcohol, fruit, raisins, prunes, toffee. Flavor is roasty, burnt coffee, alcohol, vinegar.
Hopmaestro (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma from this fine Barley Wine is just awesome. Sweet and heavy caramels together with fruit garden notes, toffee, hops and a sturdy maltbase. I can smell on this baby forever. The taste is just great, smooth toffee with almost over ripe dark fruits more than ready to be picked. The hops join in and I’m just stunned. It’s a little sticky, but not too much. This one is perfectly balanced, and the only thing that is bad, is that it’s out of stock (in Sweden).
Maxbier (364) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown hazy with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, molasses, and dark brown sugar. Taste is strong dark malt, fermented dark dried fruits. Long bitter intense prune reason finish. Hints of burnt wood. Excellent.
rayaron (301) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear medium brown with low beige head. Sweet aroma, prune, woody, yeasty, faint onion notes, licorice (and maybe even a salted fish?). Sweet prune flavor, woody, some herbs, a bit hoppy, grassy, some caramel. Sticky bitter-sweet aftertaste. Medium carbonation, oily texture, full-bodied.
zvsn (683) - ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond shop. Clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, grassy hops, citrus, cheese. Sweet with roast, prunes, raisins, caramel, alcohol, strong hoppy bitterness. Rather full bodied, oily on palate. Heavy stuff, but good one.
ajnepple (2438) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4-pack from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Dark brown and cloudy appearance with a tan head and visible sediment. Aroma of caramel, toffee, roasted malts, fruity esters, nuts, light chocolate and earthy notes. Similar flavor, rich and malty with moderate sweetness, medium bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel and a rich finish.