DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2005
an assault to the taste buds, little subtlety in the sweet roasted cherry tartness. A little smoky, but mostly a scorched candy flavor. Very sharp intial zap on the back of the tongue and then a syrupy aftertaste //
too strong, too acidic, too fruity //
light head effect, more to the front sinus area and ears
//. peter48er (185) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
12 fl oz bottle. Couldn,t find a bottling date but best before was 15/04/2010. Poured a mid brown/dark red( or a mix of!?) with a small head. The aroma was predominately sugar and malt. \the alcoholic strength was very evident from the cloying sweetness in the mouth which, for me, tended to mask any other flavours although I could detect cloves & rasinns. OveralI I was rather disappointed with this ’barley wine’ style ale. My experience of US beers has normally been excellent/outstanding and perhaps I was expecting rather too much in this case. Try it by all means. dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Pours red with minimal head. Aroma is malty, with a bit of lager green to it. Flavor isn’t as hoppy as I had hoped for, more malty and Carmel... overall not a bad beer, but I had this right after the stone Guardian... this one pales in comparison. Diablokev (180) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
The aroma is sweet and of bubble gum, and fruity hints. The appearance is a deep amber with a massive off white head. The flavor is malty and slightly fruity, a bit liek wine I guess. The beer goes down a bit thick, but is easy to drink. Overall the first of this type for me, so I have nothing to compare to, but I liked this one. ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Strong malty aroma. Deep brown/red appearance. Malty flavor is citrus undertones. Very smooth with poor bitter finish. High quality.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Pretty deep brown color with off-white small head. Very pleasant, complex sweet aroma with heavy roasted, molasses malts and herb hops with a hint of celery. Taste is not as complex with soft carbonation and an unexpected bitter finish. A nice beer overall. For a beer with such a high alcohol content, it’s very drinkable. kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
pours a dark clear amber with a thin tan beige head. aromas were really strong when i opened it. the body is a clear dark amber and the head faded to just about nothing. it is almost full bodied and a little on the sweet side. has nice mouth feel and the alcohol content is well hidden. i smell a lot of malt, some alcohol, and some really ripe fruit with spices. it tastes nice with a really nice aftertaste that is really plesent to enjoy. it is also a little spicy before it finishes and has notes of bitter vegetables and pungent fruit. nice warmer for the body on a cold night. tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - MAY 16, 2011
colore caramello scuro con una schiuma chiara poco persistente, al naso alcool, poi malto, caramello, frutta secca, cioccolato. al palato è un pò stucchevole, l’alcool è evidente,ma fa da contraltare una struttura dolce e burrosa, che non mi convince, solo alla fine le note luppolate riequilibrano un pò la beva. tutto sommato una buona birra, a tratti troppo dolce, ma nello stile ci può stare. lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Murky pour of disparate stew yields a sweet malty nose that is deep. Palate is smooth, if a bit uneven. Flavor is malt tones of licorice and oak that melds together nicely, is enjoyable, but is ultimately frustrating as it becomes monotone. They have one foot out the door here with some richness in malt tones, but it stumbles before achieving true barleywine success. Kind of, sort of worth a try. brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
A little to sweet for my taste, I prefer a hoppier Barley Wine. This had a fruity taste, and the aroma was also very fruity. I wasnt that impressed with this beer. However, the ABV is well hidden.