sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What an enjoyable beer. This strong barely wine style beer has a pleasant if almost sappy and stout like initial bouquet. Once injested, the barely wine qualities of this beer become readily apparent. It is made for cold winter nights
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found a dusty 2004 bottle at my local liquor store. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance was a hazy red/amber color w/ a fully diminishing head. Aroma of citrus hops, with roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, toffee, fruit and citrus hops. Warm lingering aftertaste. Pretty good barley wine, would like to try some again.
phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This barleywine has a malty pine brown sugar with a touch of booze aroma. Roasted barley and subtle chocolate nuances are swamped by brown sugar caramel malt and spruce hoppiness. Long bittersweet finish with a warm alcohol finish. Not overwhelming. Abv is woven into this nicely.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep orange that borders brown with great red hues and great off white micro-bubble head. No lacing. Orange and grapefruit hops fill the room. Damn, this nose is huge, dominated by the fore-mentioned hops, cookie dough, booze, and caramel malt. Glennmastrange describes the nose best with ’perfume’. Flavor is a quick blast of citrus and booze. Thick mouthfeel with solid amount of micro-bubble carbonation. Warming starts immediately on the tongue with flavors of raisin, caramel cookie malt backbone, with a bitter and dry finish bordering upon astringent. Alcohol is very much present in taste and does a great job warming the stomach.
HoppyScallywag (93) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty sweet, but certainly drinkable. I had a bomber of it. Probably could of had a 12oz bottle after that, but that's it. Then again...the bomber did the trick anyway.
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Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Floral notes are weak but still present. Bitterness is middle of the road for a barleywine. Body is heavy but mouth feel is appropriate. Booziness is nowhere to be found. So good.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Hoppy,malty, with a touch of caramel.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first BarleyWine. Wow. So many differewnt flavors here it was frankly impossible to sort them all out. The most dominant aroma I got was like a meaty dry dog food. Seriously. Frothy head. For me it would have to be one of those beers I'd enjoy for it's character and complexity, not as a refreshing beverage. I hope to re-rate this later on down the road when I've got more basis for comparison.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful golden amber beer. Smells and tastes sweet, rich and tart. This beer makes me appreciate balance, no one flavor dominates but all blend to create a fantastic drink
PickettsCharge (89) - USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
a heck of a beer pours a slight lite brown head. Its dark dark smells like a strong beer cause it is. Taste has a bite in the aftertaste its a beer for a man. A man with hair on his chest. Drink two in a row and you are good to go