BenDover (231) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
I was surprised this was as good as it was, because most of Flying Dog’s beers are pretty average. (The packaging is cool though.) This one was very malty and sweet without being cloyingly so. Unusual for a barleywine. Strong alcohol but not unpleasantly so. Good stuff. aleph (231) - - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber pour, negligible head. Toast, malts, nuts, caramel. Medium carbonation, medium-strong body. Without the carbonation to rough it up, it would be less drinkable (too sweet). leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Murky brown/amber out of the bottle, nice frothy but ephemeral head. Aroma of a green caramel apple. Malty cocoa and dark fruit flavors, unmasked alcohol and a somewhat oily finish. With a good number of phenomenal barleywines out there, this one doesn’t quite measure up, but isn’t entirely unenjoyable either. lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is slightly tart and yeasty with a bit of vinegar and alcohol. Initial flavor is is mainly of prunes and figs with a bit of a roasty character. Finish is a bit too dry and bitter for my taste. Leaves my mouth feeling dry and a little numb. Maybe it will finish smoother if aged. DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Reddish dark brown color. Black coffee and bitter malt flavors. While not necessarily bad, I have had better barleywines...
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Pours to a coffee brown color. Bits of sediment in the glass. Aroma of alcohol and anise. Big taste with strong alcohol notes. Other tastes include toffee or caramel, perhaps some dry fruit. Thick mouthfeel. A good amount of alcohol on the lasting finish. A pretty pungent libation; perhaps a bit too much alcohol flavor for me.Overall, not bad, and pretty inexpensive for a barley wine. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Pours amber with a medium white head. Smells of a medium barley smell with some hoppy notes, not very strong smelling. Tastes of barley with some caramel notes. Barley is abrassive and not smooth like in many other barley wines. Nice hunk of alcohol in it which becomes present in the aftertaste. Aftertaste also sharp and not smooth. zootfinster (221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
Very Dark pour with medium dark dead. Very sweet and malty. Smell of chocolate and fruit. Taste Sweet malt and fruit. A really good beer for dinner, nothing else just this beer because it is a beer you eat not drink yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2011
2009 vintage tasted mar11/11. Pours deep, cloudy amber colour with moderate whitish colour head. Decent nose mainly of dark fruit (plums) and a malty sweetness. This is true in the taste as well. Sweetness, fig, plum predominates. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Quite nice overall. I had tried one of this vintage approx a year or so ago and was somewhat disappointed. Either the year of aging has made a significant difference or my tastes have changed. Either way it is a very good brew and I would definitely buy it again (espcially since, from what I recall, the price point is quite reasonable) nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Brown pour with a decent head. kind of a medicinal aroma with a touch of malt. The flavor is licorice and malt in the front then finishes with a slight vanilla, coconut and licorice again. Not bad the alcohol comes out a touch and it slightly bitter. not bad.