Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004, at the brewpub: Clear orange with a average offf-white head. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar in the aroma, starts sweet and ends a bit more sweet. Full bodied with lively carbonation.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, coompliments of Joe with some friends. Pours a light orange red shade with white small head and barely any lacing. Notes of pine, syrupy honey, cherry, sugar, citrus hops, vanilla, and burnt toast. Light bodied for a barleywine. Nothing too memorable from this beer. Just ok.
djd07 (2760) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a paperthin off white head that diminshes to nothing. The aroma is booze oak and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and light booze, not much going on with this one.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF. Great name, lame brew. Misguided hop profile is obvious from the first sniff, plenty of interesting malty biscuit, fruit, toast smells but the hops jump from fruit to floral to grassy to oakey and never meld with malts. Itís all over the place, needs refinement -- or I do.
AirForceHops (2560) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle. Winooski Beverage Wear house. Almost clear amber color with thin white head. Nose is caramel, toffee and the hops that they speak of. (Bravo). Flavor is malt forward with hops an after thought. Molasses, honey, figs, brown sugar and some citrus hops to cut the sweetness. Overall for the price it is a nice Barley Wine.
dchmela (2539) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with a thick creamy head. Big toffee, spicy hops and burnt caramel notes in aroma. Thick creamy body, big spicy hops and burnt caramel taste. Finishes with a creamy finish. Pretty good.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Rating #1 Tap @ 2004 Toronado Barley Wine Festival (6 3 8 3 17). Deep amber color. The alcohol is ever present in the aroma. Not at all sweet but it was smooth and fruity (cherry). Rating #2 Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival (6 3 6 3 15). A golden amber color with a laced off-white head. Smooth with caramel sweetness.
drjay44 (2442) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Vintage 2012. Bottled 07/18/12. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, pine, citrus peel, licorice...... taste is sweet treacle, toffee/caramel, leading to pineapple, pine, with a moderate lingering bitterness......mouth feel light of medium, alcohol heat present and a bit raw, carbonation low. This is a light take on a Barley Wine and both the hops and malts were, apparently, used with a light hand. The mouth feel is very light for the style. Additionally both the aromas and flavors are rather simple.This does not taste bad, it just isnít quite a Barley Wine. Perhaps with aging it will improve. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7
bytemesis (2413) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear deep amber with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus and wood. Flavor is medium sweet malty, with caramel, pine and citrus notes. Light bitter finish. Very alcoholic throughout, including a strong warming finish. Nothing special.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Thin off-white head of fine bubbles with light carbonation. Sweet malts in the aroma with some caramel, buttescotch, a hint of orange and some vegetal aromas. Color is a dark copper. Body is a bit thin and watery with some sweet tarts, candi sugar, light caramel, toasted malts and some more butterscotch. Sort of a hot brew too with a big warming and burn on the gums. Finishes sweet and hot but quite tasty. A prett ygood barleywine but would probably be better with a few months unders its belt.