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. ReademNwheat (175) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
From a bottle. Pours a deep brown. Aroma of dark fruits and alot of dark malts. Taste is very malty and fairly sweet. Notes of molasses, dark fruits, some chocolate and caramel. Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Pours a beautiful, dark ruby/mahogany with a small, off-white head and slight carbonation. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, raisins, plum and alcohol. The alcohol is present, but well masked by the dark fruits. Mouth is delicious. Strong dark fruits again, mainly plum and raisin. Hints of caramel, licorice, malt and alcohol. Once again, the alcohol is present, but perfectly blended with everything else. The finish is very smooth, with almost no alcohol burn which is what I normally get with barley wines. optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a red tint.. Smell is a sweet malty aroma with a bit of alcohol... Taste is malty with a bitter kick.. alcohol is def. present... nice warming feeling... pretty decent barley.. i like most of Flying Dogs stuff.. this is the top of this brand.. also good is the imperial porter.. GO GET IT!
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
I’m not a huge fan of barley wines, but this stuff is pretty good. It has a sweet, floral aroma. The finish lingers and reminds me of honey with a bit of toffee and browned fruit. It definitely packs a wallop of alcohol but theres barely any booze on it. I don’t think mine was oak aged, but I do detect a hint of vanilla or wood on there. KDorgan12 (169) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle-Memphis. 07 Vintage. First bottle smelled strongly of sour apple. Not sure if this was intended or not but the second bottle had more raisony smell. Flavor was mild chocalate with sweet malt well balanced by hops - not cloying in the least. bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2001 vintage-very smooth but lots of flavor without the overpowering alcohol EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Its no Beheamouth, Old Crusty or Big Foot, but it ain't bad. Big and sweet, the beer could use a bit more hop presence, but really not a bad rendition after hearing the somewhat negative reviews fo the other brewery offerings.