jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Dark brown color, nose of figs and sherry. Flavor is a little sweet, a lto malty, but with a hoppier finish than some barleywines. Loved the balance there. Outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper/amber in color with a white, two-finger head.
Nice malty sweet aroma with some grape hints and hops.
Pretty solid hop lead that rests on caramel, butter, and nuts. Very crisp. A solidly sharp barleywine. Malty with a citrus hop edge.
Nice balance of fruity hops and sweet malts. Not super rich and not super sweet but a very enjoyable and drinkable. I look forward to another.
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Candied hops and brown sugar toffe malt with a touch of chocolate in the flavor. Beautiful red orange pour with everlasting lace
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Smooth pour with a delightful ruby-amber color, and a very light cream head which is slow to dissipate. Initial hop kick gets delightful upon second taste. None too discernible aroma. Warm alcohol finish, thanks to the ABV. Darn good.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice lemon-grass in the nose and flavor. bright, lively, piney, solid barely wine.
malty sweetness followed by citrus hop finish.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Love this beer, dark, smooth and ass kickingly strong. victory wins again!!
kane (111) - USA - FEB 20, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Sometimes I get my barleywines mixed up from the past because I could swear this had some hop character in the past, but I could be wrong. Caramel malts and alcohol are out front with the alcohol being a bit strong for me. A run of the mill barley-wine that I can not figure why it is a top 50 beer. Very average IMO.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - APR 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The first word that came to mind after I had a sip was ’wow!’ It is a dark amber beer with a malty taste. The first sip can take you back. The 10.5% alcohol was not noticable, which could be a problem if you do not read the label before drinking! A good, hearty beer but not something I would try during the warmer months. Cheers
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decided effervescent, this positively scarlet ale has a deep aroma of molasses, nutmeg, and butterscotch.
Flavor itself has an absolute "zip" that hits the sides of the taste buds and offers a long, gentle finish with toasty, cinnamon notes and hints of citrus, pear, burnt coffee.
Ideal as a sipping barley wine, a braised pork dish with dill potatoes would really hit the spot.
mbrandon2w (109) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled dec 06. Aroma of oranges and grapefruit. nice two finger head that subsides to a thick lace. soft mouthfeel. deep amber color. Very nice, mellow malt flavor with a very nice alcohol warmth. Overall, a great, great barleywine. Perfect to savor at the end of the night. I bet this is amazing aged for a few years