kingaugusta (301) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours a clear and deep amber with a fairly fast light tan head. Nose is standard for the style with lots of booze, some maltiness, and a bit of floral hops and maple. Flavor is very alcohol and grain driven, with a decent balance of hops. Finish is super sticky. It’s better to me than the rating would indicate, but it’s hardly a standout among its barley wine peers. raphael (1303) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
strong hops and caramel aroma, a fruitiness I cant name (like froot loops without the sugar). orange amber clarity, head doesn’t last long. smooth texture but very bitter on the tongue, that weird edge that’s almost burnt sugar bitter. a less than pleasant hop blend in flavors, almost minty (did anyone else try the mint flavored colt 45 when it was out 20 or so years ago?), shrill, while also pounding the bottom that probably has malt acting like dark matter to provide a little stability--& that alcohol, hidden in the hop mix, the warming is nicely gradual.. hayduke (5732) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle this poured a dark copper color with a big fat fluffy pillow of a head that left large chunks of lacing. Nose of caramel malts, fruits, and hops. This is supposed to be a Barley Wine but does not taste quite like one. Mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and oily. Flavor are complex but do not totally integrate. Alcohol is apparent. I actually found this decent to drink, and would be curious to see it would settle down in a couple of years. I will have to try to get another bottle. IndianaRed (5127) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle Pours a clear light mahogany with a modest off-white head. Some white lacing. Sweet BW carmel and brown sugar aroma but not very big. Flavor was malty and sweet, wth lightly roasted notes and caramel with enough bitter hops to balance. Fairly high ABV but the rather subdued flavors don’t wuite keep up. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mountain. Pored a beautiful clear amber ruby color with a nicely laced off whit head. Nose and flavor reminded me of a malty IPA. A good brew, not very indicative of the Barley wine style though.
jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
2008-07-11. Golden amber body with a quick head. Dry grains, cereals, sweet malt, muted floral touches top a fruity alcoholic aroma. Similar flavour with decent amounts of bitterness, but the overall is a touch rough bordering on astringent at times. Dry malty undertones, grapefruit seeds without the citrusy highlights. Average palate. Meh. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours an opaque orange amber with oily, spotty lacing and a tiny rim of froth for a head. The aroma is sweet with citrus and piney hops. Flavors are blatantly boozy with a strong alcoholic presence and notes of pine resin, subtle caramel, nuts, and green apple. Medium carbonation and full body. Not bad, but they could have tried to hide ther ABV better for an easier drink. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Very pungent malty aroma. Not a bad aroma. A big haze look with this beer. Not much head on it. Whoa, a very strong taste of alcohol. I generally like some malt with my alcohol, but the alcohol just blasts my tongue. It doesn’t have a horrible taste, but it is not good. I just think the alcohol taste is not hidden at all. I have had strong barley wines, with 12+ abv, but there were other flavors. This one just has an alcohol bitterness, not even a hop bitterness. I just think they missed when it came to using hops and malts. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Cloudy, brownish amber with a thin white head. Caramel and sugar in the nose. Sweet, rich malt flavor. A touch of malt fruitiness with a subtle hop tang. Finish is a little on the twangy side. Pretty good. SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Pours hazy dark amber with a tall off-white head.
Faint malt aroma.
Sweet malt flavor that doesn’t come close to Barley wine complexity. Not bad, just not a Barley wine.