ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Poured from the tap in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a nice malt, hops, barley and some fruit essence tossed in.
Appearance- A reddish copper color with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a sweet opening that brings along the barley and hops for the finish. Not bad
Palate- A heavy bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a great texture that is thick to creamy.
Overall- I enjoyed this beer, I would buy it the next time I see it on tap. Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2003
(2003) A deep burgundy beer with a small head, this is one charming demon. Smooth and sweet with a moderately dry aftertaste. Fully engrossing without being overwhelming. Go on, dance with the devil! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This Barley Wine pours with a red-brown/mohagony body topped by a thin to medium thick, off-white head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with slight bitter, peppery notes, a little candy sugar and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet, malty and full of candy notes to start, then bitter, pepper notes show up in the finish. Slight alcohol notes and a little caramel show through. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry. 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 (7904) - 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 (2125) - 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 (3066) - 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 (6286) - 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.