chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/amber, murky beer, with a white frothy head. Aroma is hoppy and flowery, with honey sweetness and a touch of pepper. Flavor is sweet honey and caramel but hoppy as well, lemon and grapefruit, but nothing too overwhelming. Finishes with a smooth slightly smokey aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Not my favorite barley wine, but still a very good one.
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMMMM, nice very nice. Sweet and extremely complex. Malty, yet a subtle hop essesence. Not for Bud and Coors light types. After finishing this Iím going to assume the Horizontal position. Thanks Victory
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear dark red mahogany with an enormous foamy tan head. The lacing sticks to the glass and clings for dear life. Tons of fruit flavor. Aroma is dark fruit, but not overpowering. As for taste: I immediately thought cherry vanilla backed by a variety of citrus. Maybe even hints of chocolate, and certainly maple syrup. The sweetness is by no means overpowering and is well balanced by hops, which lend to a pleasant bitterness. Finish is hops with a hint of those fruit candies that come in the round tins (your grandmother probably had them). Palate is certainly a bit syrupy, and itíll stick to your lips a little bit after itís done. A very smooth, small, soft, and gentle carbonation. Overall this is a very good, very well balanced barleywine.
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with the man [bdigi66]. One the best barley wines I have sampled. Wow plenty of hops but you know what, there can never be enough hops. Perfect sweetness that just amazed me. Loved it!
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Freaking incredible. Thereís really nothing wrong with it at all. Full bodied flavor which is incredibly satisfying. Flavor completely masks the elevated level of alcohol.
AmericanHobo (35) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice bold taste, lingers on palate. Despite high ABV there is no hotness to taste.
bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (bottled on Dec, í04) from my favorite Finnish expatriate jtw - thanks John! To start with aroma, weíre getting something else than expected: instead of offensive hops dark fruits, rich caramel malts and sugary alcohol dominate the aroma. Iím assuming hops have mellowed with age leading to more complex aroma, which isnít bad at all. As the liquid gets warmer, alcohol is getting more evident in the aroma. Flavor continues on the same trails with sugary, fruity sweetness, warming alcohol, wood and hops (not that much though). Beautiful pour is probably the best part of this beer, body in not so huge. Although I have to admit I was expecting more hop-dominated American barley wine (should try it younger I guess) I found the complexity of this beer quite enjoyable and the warming effect comfortable on this cold winter night up here in north. All in all, the best beer so far from the brewery which hasnít quite lived up to my expectations.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a tan head. Caramel and molasses flavor. High alcohol content, very thick palate.
JFowler (30) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old Horizontal. Thats what your gonna be if your not careful.This is the most appealing Barleywine that I have had to date. Great tasting, smooth (which to me does not go w/ barleywine)solid brew. If you have never had a barleywine start with this one. Nice antique coffee finish. Remember sheís 11%. Donít put yourself in the hurt box.
Contra (30) - USA - APR 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very strong beer, in every sense of the word. Pours a cloudy amber-brown. Palate is wonderful; thick, creamy, and finishes comes on strong. Flavor is reminiscent of dates, as well as some fruit undertones. Fabulous, although not for the faint hearted.