williamherbert (1350) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cherry color, mahogany red with hints of brown. Short lasting head. Glassy and shiny, but also thick and murky.
The smell is heavy sweet red wine. Some sweet (but grainy) barley too. Hints of liqueur, but not sharp or unpleasant.
Taste is heavy sweet barleywine flavor (heavy on the "wine" part). Has the tart, sour pungence of a sweet red wine. Also the grainy barley base. Strong! But well-balanced. Has some hard liquor.
Feels thick and chewy. Alcohol bite on the way down, a real burn. It’s a strong beer, but limited in that its heavy and loaded with alcohol taste (11%).
Palidor19 (3023) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep caramel and flavors of pine needles, pineapple and roasted malts. the hops bring a special ordeal to this beer. this is a great one to have.
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 (br-btl bk-lbl, 11%)
lct-br, thin-tan-head, no-lace, full-body, ^co2.
aroma: dark-malt cascade-hop.
flavor: caramel T1, hop-bitter smooth-warm-alchl T2, citrus-hop-bitter T3.
the alchl and hop-bitterness do not get overpowering but they limit enjoyment to small quantities.
Bricks (675) - Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very smooth for 11%. Was a little sweeter than I expected, but nothing atypical for a barely wine.
edwardbass (602) - Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very tasty. Lots of roasted malt aroma and flavor. Surprisingly hoppy (in a good way).
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium amber pour, small off-white head. Nose of dark fruits, caramelly sugars, and some earthy, herbal hops. Tastes along similar lines, has a dark fruit and caramel front, finishing on a strong herbal, earthy hop bitterness. Still has a big hop presence even though this bottle’s over a year old. Somehow manages to get a watery feel around the finish, which is odd for a barley wine. Moderately heavy body.
RyanMM (412) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle says "Enjoy by Nov 15 2015," so I’m guessing this was from the 2010 batch?
Pours an orange-tinged ruby with a small head, lacing is fairly mimimal at first and completely gone within 10 minutes. Aroma is dark, dried fruits, and a ton of resiny, earthy hops. Palate is very sweet up front and quite bitter on the finish. Interesting contrast, with most of the maltiness lending itself towards the dark fruit, rum, and some mild toffee flavors, braced against the bold hopping. There’s not a lot of complexity, and I found the hoppy finish along with the simple sweetness to really become a bit grating as the glass wore on. Maybe some age would settle this one down? Decent, but for fresh barley wines, there are far better out there.
pilgrimoutlaw (826) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz. pour at brewpub side by side with Oaked Horizontal. Pours murky brown. Pine, molasses, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits. High sweetness, moderately bitter. Full sticky body. Not a big fan.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Up until about 2003, this was IMO one of the best beers on the planet. It went from a beautiful mix of hops and caramel, a great bridge between American and British-style barleywines, to an unpleasant, harsh, oversweetened sticky glass of slop. Tragic. 2003 and older versions still are OK with the age, but they’re fading fast.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is definitely a huge beer, but I find it lacking structurally. Most notably is the emmence alcohol flavor. It is not hidden at all. Hops are certainly adequate in the nose and flavor profiles, but the alcohol cuts them down. I found the malt content to be lacking as well. Brownish color with a rocky off-white head that dissipates quickly. Not at all impressive.