efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a ruby copper with a tan head. sweet aroma of grapes, dates, wood. taste has dark fruit, malt, caramel, molasses. alcohol is there, but covered up nicely. smooth body, a little sticky. gives a nice, but short BW finish. try this one a little colder than usual for this style, the extra chill makes it a nice refreshing taste on a warm fall evening.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent brew. The finish is bitter but still very enjoyable. Ranks up there high with Dogfish Head
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, which yields a clear, dark amber body and a tiny head. I was surprised to find that there was some decent lacing as I finished the glass. There is no bottling or “best by” information, which is disappointing since the brewer notes, “Lay a few down, aging only helps a barley wine develop more class.” Dried, dark fruits like plum and raisin, a backbone of rich caramel malt and alcohol dominate the agreeable aroma. Palate entry is quite sweet, which is not inappropriate to this style. And, while this beer has a rich body, it is not especially cloying or sticky. Still, I think it could benefit from a longer bittering hop boil. Mid-palate reintroduces the fruit esters suggested by the aroma but also reveals subtle flavors of anise or licorice and orange peel. The long-lasting finish is dominated by the high alcohol content, which balances the sweetness somewhat.
pressboxjoe (186) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into small snifter. No head. Floral, malty, caramel aroma. Almost a BBQ sauce smokiness. Very sweet, fruity - grapes, cherries, plums, frosted cereal. Still looking for that perfect barleywine but this, being always on the shelf around here, is something worth having in the beer fridge.
melvin980 (184) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good. Only the second one o’ this style ive tried. similiar to the first, brooklyn’s monster ale.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet malty aroma: caramel and toasty.
Heavy, sweet, some light autolysis, alcohol, hearty palate.
Clear amber, some white head.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great sweet smell of caramel and malt, with a very syrup-y consistency. Heavy malt but not overly sweet. Has a smokey and bitter finish. I’d buy it again.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really decent barley wine with a complex nose. Aroma is orange rind, fig, toast and caramel. Alcohol is prominent on the nose, palate and taste, but not overwhelming or gratuitous. Palate is a wee bit lighter than would be expected. Carbonation and astringency could be softer. Much less bitter than many barley wines, but still a really nice barley wine.
waveman352 (178) - Glens Falls, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Before this beer my only other barley wine I had tried was Brooklyn’s Monster Ale. I really didn’t like the Monster Ale but this barley wine changed my mind. Smells of caramel and obviously a strong alcohol scent like that of wine. Poured a cloudy amber orange. Sweet malty taste with hints of caramela nd chocolate. I have to have more barley wines to compare now but this was a dominate beer.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Filtered golden brown amber ale with a small light head. Aroma is fairly light with a little bit of malt scent and quite a bit of sweetness. Quite a sweet flavor with hints of burnt caramel. Wyerbacher Big Beer Pack (case) $38 at Stone’s on Fairmount, Phila, Pa.