VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage - Ruddy chestnut color with a small tan head. Nice bread dough, toffee, caramel, grapefruit and earthy aromas. Flavor profile has some holes - roasted malt, biscuit, grapefruit and toffee all present, but not as developed or full as top notch barleywines. Alcohol a little too present. Good, not great.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Poured of dark chestnut/orange hue with a luscious foamy tan cap. The nose is of burnt oranges, warm caramel malts with some heavy toasted breadiness with pungent hops that produce pine and citrusy overtones. Earthy notes sinder behind most of the hop twinge in the nose. My sniffer is having an orgasm! The taste started with hops up front, bittering with pine and dark citrusy stuff of orange and highly ripe peaches, malts play second fiddle with burntish caramel and toffee, crispy biscuit toasty edging, touches of chocolate, brown sugar, and then turns back to a hoppy finish of pine and citrus orange. The bottle says it’s at 10%abv but it doesn’t burn like it. I have a sixpack of the no. X that i’m laying down to age. I just hope I can keep my paws off for the next year or two. This is without a dobt one of the best barley wines that i’ve ever had.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle labeled as a 2006 bottle. Deep ruby brown color with no head. Alot of raisin, toffee, and molasses in the aroma. Slightly sweet, good bitterness, a bit of oak notes, and smooth. Nice barley wine.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
X: Deep brown body wit ha touch of red and short lived tan head. Upfront nose with a lot of caramel, toffee, melon, dried fruits (pineapple) and herbal/resiny hops. Firm mouthfeel with a little fine carbonation. Fat vinious malts, touches of rum cake, and more dried fruit. Balanced expertly by large but not overpowering herbal hoppyness. Alcohol makes it taste a bit dryer than it is but picks back up in sweetness in the finish wiht a fair amount of toffee, more malt, and a hop bitterness that lingers for quite a while.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, translucent mahogany with a medium tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sweet malt, toffee, caramel, and a bit of piney hops. Flavor is primarily sweet, and just barely cloying, with upfront sweet malty, toffee flavors. Saved by a nicely balancing crisp hop bite, and more of the pine first found in the aroma. For the most part, this is a fairly standard barley wine - malt-forward and sweet with heavy alcohol - but improves on that standard considerably with pine and bitterness. Surprisingly quaffable.
chicowv (471) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: pours dark amber almost brown small head good lacing. Aroma citrus and resin hops big caramel malt slight floral. Taste is salty and bitter. Rich good texture with little alcohol burn. Really good barleywine.
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Brentv (456) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle pours dark ruby copper with yellowish head. Generous lacing. Caramel aroma. Taste is sweet with a significant bitterness that lingers.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 2004 bottle. Pours a murky brown with tan head. Nose is sweet, roasted caramel malts and brown sugar. Flavor is more of the same with a decent bitter finish. A well balance BW, but with a hint of metallic in the flavor.
bnoel09 (455) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Dark mahogany color with a thin cream colored head. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty again with the dark fruit and molasses, but has a spicy bite towards the finish. It comes across like rye, but it may be from the hops used. Body is actually sort of light for a barley wine. While the flavors are quite bold as one would expect from a barley wine, the lighter body actually makes this quite drinkable, and the alcohol is not as strong in the flavor as many.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium brown with a quick, light brown head. Nose is sweet with notes of red wine, sweet malt, and coriander. Taste is a classic barley wine, with a balanced sweet malt to a fairly strong bitter hop base. Alcohol is present but does not detract. Finish is bitter. A solid but not especially unique take on the style.