drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
good barleywine I had on tap at Najas Place. "Not a bad barleywine," I said, "but this is nothing special."
AxlLives (280) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours dark brown-burgundy with huge white-tan head, lasting, cascading, beautiful lacing. Aromas of big malty goodness, dark cherries, plums, and some nice grassy hops. Bit of vanilla oak too. Taste is nice and balanced between warm malts, sweeter oak, candied fruit, and nice bitter hoppy ending. Warmer fer shark. Good deal.
soyorganic (276) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark red with yellowish head. Aroma of hops, sweet malt and alcohol. Hops dominate most of the taste. I am not the number 1fan of hop heavy barley wines as I could just drink an IPA. Although the hops are not over the top, I prefer more of a sweet flavor. The sweet caramely taste is there but the hops take it over. Alcohol is not noticeable. Heavily carbonated for a barley wine, maybe because the date is 9/29/08 and it hasnít mellowed much. But still, much better a majority of beers out there.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This 12 oz botlle(15th anniversary) was dated 7-21-08,so it is pretty fresh,maybe I should have waited longer on this,but it was a free sample.Any way it poured a dark amber color with a large tan head.Aromas were of heavy hops,pine,molassas.The taste was more on the hopppy side with light molassas and fruit.Ok.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A brown pour with a creamy head that leaves lace and lastes. Aroma is dried fruit, a little sweet with some toast. The flavor comes on roasty, but has sweet caramel and some real burnt and hop bitterness in the finish. Not bad.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this one as an extra in a trade.
Pours a nice deep reddish amber with a good amount of foamy light tan head.
Aroma is nice, but I wish it was a bit more intense. Flavor is a bit stronger but not anything overly special. It is a solid beer, and Iím glad I got to try it, but not necessarily anything Iíd track down again.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 This is a really good barleywine. Now that Iíve been banished to Utah hell, I will take anything I can get that is half way decent. The head and nose is awesome on this beer. Its a nice dark purple color and is full bodied. The taste is a little odd but ok. As this one mellows it will be excellent. 2004 version
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours into a nice looking brew, but the head fades quick. Smell is a little sweet, and malty. Interesting taste. Not over the top on anything, but full of a bunch of different things. Canít quite place it, but something burnt, or roasted. Very good drinkability for the 10.4%
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow, kind of a disappointment. I loved the cockeyed cooper like few beers before or since so I was excited to pick up a 4 pack of this anniversary barleywine 2012 edition.
It doesnít live up. Aroma is HOPS, grapefruit, citrus, pine, all the usual notes. Not much in the way of malts coming through but I suppose it was only bottled last month. Appearance is lovely, auburn red with a thin beige head that fades in a minute or two. Taste is HOPS with a caramel background it seems a bit herbaceous and the malt isnít very complex, caramel and sweetness with grapefruit and pine. Palate is not as sticky as Iíd expect from a 10.4% barleywine. Overall Iíve got 3 more bottles and I am going to lay them down until at least next winter. I really hope the hops mellow out and the malt gains some complexity. This is my first miss from Uinta but it wonít affect my downright love of the dubhe and the cockeyed cooper.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle----->tulip. Pours an amber brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet sticky figs and caramel. Taste is syrupy dark fruit, toffee, and sweet malt. Palate is kind of thick and noncarbonated. A fairly typical barleywine.