Doofgoblin (287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum! A really tasty barley. Great toffee aroma and taste with the right amount of sweetness and body. Thick and good...
soyorganic (283) - 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 hasn’t mellowed much. But still, much better a majority of beers out there.
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."
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.
aenima (253) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep aroma of plums, raisin and caramel. Similar flavours but also some burnt caramel that ruins it for me. A little bitter finish.
zickbeer_ye (250) - Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
happy dark berry aromas, malts and some alc. Light tan head and dark ryst colored body. Some hops, tart grape, and earthy barley flavors. A little hot
mensch (247) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the XV, aged for 1 1/2 years, Aroma is sweet and musty, with a little golden raison and sherry. Languid on the tongue. Slightly sour, and it’s lost most of its cloying syrupy quality. Finishes with burnt toffee and fire. Could still be cellared for another year or five.
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 I’m glad I got to try it, but not necessarily anything I’d 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 I’ve 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