crossovert (13742) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2017 sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours reddish-amber with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is fairly sweet, with a good deal of strawberry jam, some alcohol, a touch of lemon and notes of black pepper. Fairly typical for a barley wine, and although very nice, it falls short of being outstanding. The taste has a moderate amount of hop bitterness (perhaps below average considering this is a fresh bottle), along with alcohol again, a strong malt presence, and a faint, unidentifiable fruitiness. The mouthfeel is quite full, and the finish is long (and only marred by the strong alcohol, which hopefully will become toned down with age). After hearing rumors of this beer’s demise, i was hesitant to expect much. However, despite any declines in quality that have happened, it is still an enjoyable, reasonably priced barley wine.
355ml bottle. Amber pour. Aroma is boozy and minty. Flavor is sweet and spicy, herbal,whatever. Cybercat (6033) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Lucked out at a bottle share and got the 1998 version. Pours clear mahogany, no head to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and boozy. Flavor features roasted malt, caramel, woody and fruity tones. Mouthfeel has decent body of not much fizz - but it has been 19 years, maybe 20. Toast the Dominion! closey22 (2032) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Brown Amber with foamy bubbly beige head; aroma is malty softly
Sweet caramel notes; flava is malty Sweet prune notes fading to sharp alcohol burn; feels thick foamy and zingy; finishes tangy mildly roasty slight woody hop notes tsd08460 (1223) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes
Aroma: caramel, grass, honey, alcohol,
Appearance: clear amber with an off-white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish
Tasty vyvvy (6639) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottling date Feb 1995 - 20 year old bottle. Pours chestnut brown with minimal head. The aroma has toasted malt, dough, toffee, richness and English yeast. It has a rich body with very little soft carbonation. The flavor starts with toasty malt, wood, oxidation and weird household cleaner. The finish is dry, but has a broken sugar aspect as well. Interesting. Not perfect, but for twenty years old it’s held up pretty respectable.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Great reddish dark garnet red color, clear. Earthy hop aroma and sweetness. Strong malty flavor with some old ale sherry going on. Overall pretty good beer. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesn’t even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isn’t much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.
T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. It’s past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. There’s just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention it’s boozy? There’s no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey it’s 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. It’s both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, it’s a big success.
M: While it’s boozy, it isn’t a harsh booziness. Plus, it’s rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, that’s perfect, easy sipper.
O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. It’s boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. It’s a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly... alexsdad06 (10651) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle at home from notes 07. Pours reddish copper with a smaller disappearing white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, dark fruit, fig, dates, brown sugar, a hint of vanilla, and some citrus elements. Decent mouthfeel. Decent enough, sweet, I definitely liked the oak aged version better. Nero55 (947) - Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draft. Deep copper with thin beige head. Strong aroma of fruit esters (raspberries), caramel sweetness, and resinous hops. Heavy body with resinous hop bitter, medium sweetness and a bitter finish. I expected more malt presence and it feels more like an American than an English Barley Wine. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
This bottle is about 5 years old, and is an ABV of 10. Pours thick dark brown amber with a beige head. Aroma is sweet honey and malts, quite beautiful! The flavor brings some big sweet malty booze with some aged sweet alcohol, Body is medium, not too big but welcoming for the ABV.