tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2011 bottle XVI. Have another aged a year, will update tomorrow. Pours dark auburn with beige tan head, bubbly froth. Nose is deep, rich molasses, actually some subtle smoke / bacon flavors, caramel. Thick, viscous, chewy mouth feel, but pretty smooth, 10% hidden, except for a warming on the finish. Flavor is deep and musky, almost cheesy, smoked wood, with a molasses backbone, yet no sickly sweetness. Interesting take on a barely wine and I quite like it. Not the cockeyed cooper, but at $8.99 a 6 pack its a great value.
AGED 1 YEAR: Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, with fruity notes of raisin, definitely some smoke still here, but more subdued. Even a pickled plum aspect, definitely still some bacon on flavor. Smoother, creamier. Rich wood bacon smoke with sweet toffee, caramel, candied raisin. I think I like it better aged a bit. Overall excellent.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a brown head that has a reddish tint! Interesting! Smells a little of wood and sugary goodness. Taste is a bit bitter with some sweetness! Not my favoritest barley wine but still good and a cheap price!
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Brass Rail. At first glance the beer appears black but when held to the light it reveals that it is a very deep red, topped by a small but lasting head. Smells vaguely fruity but I think it was a bit too cold to really open up. The flavor was semi-sweet with some plum, raisin, general fruitiness. Very smooth and full bodied. Easy drinking for 10% abv.
Bricks (919) - Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells and pours thick. Almost like a cough syrup. SUPER Smooth. What a great barley wine.
TychoJames (917) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flaska frånsystembolaget. Mörkt bärnstensfärgad med beiget skum. Humlig och fuktig doft. Smak av brännt socker och druva. Aningen klen
mstrcrwly (917) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Draught 55..reddish brown with thin off white head.aroma of caramel,spices,hops..taste of caramel,brown sugar,hops..boozy but not overpowering.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008/xv vintage thanks to a fellow rb’er, thanks! actually not bad. not great. might do ok after another year or two, so give it say 5 i would say. slight notes of smooth subtle dark fruits are showing up, but theres still a hop and alcohol mask over them on your palate. still a very big hop bitterness present. drinks fairly well, but still hot in the mouth. aroma is a oot closer to what you would want, was surprised at the bitterness masking the taste, which follows suite of the aroma and almost achieves greatness in this brew.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours clear raisin brown with a medium to large tan head. Aroma is alcohol, sherry-like oxidation, caramel, and soap/detergent. Flavor is oddly bitter, caramel, sherry, and soap. Thin and watery.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
9th Anniversary: no real aroma but hops, big frothy head, black ruby color, thin and sweet with dirty feet bitterness, terribly offensive bitter finish, damn sketchy utah barleywine I should've known better
thetmaxx (896) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle, aroma is malty, caramel. Flavor does reflect the alcohol and is not hidden. Finishes dry. Nothing special here.