PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Draft at DuClaw. Pours a dark amber color with a nice head. Aroma is fruity, with hops and malt there as well. Flavor is bitter however has some sweet notes as well. Finishes fruity with a hint of alcohol. very good. PhillyCraft (7082) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 On tap. Pour is a hazy red orange. Medium head, lacing is awesome spidery trails with heavier spots. Aromas and taste are truckloads of coconut, mounds bar, soft wood, butterscotch, dark cherry, almond, milk chocolate. Taste is the sweetest chocolate coconut easter egg with spicy, fuely hops, and crystal malts. This beer was unreal. Had a 2012 bottle recently and it was a huge letdown compared to the max’s version a couple years ago. Moved it down a few ticks. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 Re-rate - 11/11/05 - Fresh batch on draft. Dark shimmering copper and crimson, ultra slow rising bubbles, thick creamy lightly tanned head. Best aroma yet of any batch made. Complex notes of pink grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and brown sugar, with lighter notes of pine and apricot. Hop bomb flavors of fresh citrus, light pine and earth up front, hop assault continues throughout with some tropical notes, and finally a sweet toasted caramel toffee malt flavor brings it all together late. Full bodied and slick, light carbonation, drying bittersweet finish. Awesome stuff....
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(32 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very malty, some dark roasted maltiness, not as sweet as many barleywines, but also fairly bitter, especially in the finish; Very malty nose; The palate is heavy and dense, but again, less cloying than many barleywines; Ruddy brown in color and fully clear; Tan head is smallish on the pour, but has solid retention, maintaining a thin layer bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 29, 2005
Draft at DuClaw. Ruby/amber body with big creamy, off-white head. The Aroma is hoppy, floral, pine, citrus and malt, caramel and toffee. Alcohol is detectable in the nose. The flavor is bitter hops and sweet malt, some grapefruit, spice, musty, caramel, toffee, plums and alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky
JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 18, 2006
LIght copper color with a few off-white bubbles on top. Creamy aromas with some brown sugar, mild port and hint of maple syrup. Caramel flan and malt flavors abound. Yes, this is my type of barley wine heavy malts throughout the nip. Lightly oily and silky. Malt get balanced late in the quaff with mild pine and lightly spicy hops. I just realized I am using "light" and "mild" quite frequently in this review. Its a good brew that is strong and drinkable, with subtle flavors. A somewhat paradoxical brew that I certainly enjoyed. Thanks for sharing Joel! yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Probably one of the best BW’s I have had so far. Not sure of the date of this bottle but I checked the site for availability so I believe its a 2006. Not aged much but still not "hot’ as I expected. Very warming alcohol but has no burn. Very rich and smooth but goes down easy. Maltlicious with hints of sweet fruits and molasses as well as some roasted malt. Body like syrup but a thin syrup not like any old aunt jemima’s. Does not feel like over 12%. Very drinkable and delicious. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of hops, vanilla, and citrus. Great hop character to start with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Great balance. dmac (6198) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Growler shared at Madness w/ the Moose. First off all let me say......WOW. I sampled this one again and again, okay more like chugged then sampled but I couldn’t let this beauty go to waste. Poured a clear reddish amber with a large white frothy head. The nose on this one is so hoppy I would of swore it was an IIPA or at least an IPA. Flavor is very sweet with lots of honey, malt and even a slight bit of rye flavor in there. Hardly any trace of aclohol coming from this 12.2% monster. 12.2% no wonder the rest of the night is just a "little" foggy. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Draft at Fell’s Point and then Bel Air in the same day. Don’t ask. :) Poured Amber in color with small off white head. Taste is well balanced with Raison tones. Hints a caramel as well. It hides the alcohol remarkably well.