Unique69crazy (120) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
Impressive!! This is BY FAR the best beer that I have tried out of Flying Dog. Has a very sweet taste with a light amount of carbonation. Swirls of candy-like aroma fill the air as one consumes this. Great to have while one is relaxing and winding down from a hard day. This is on my next shopping list. huineman (687) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 23, 2015
Dark hazy brown-amber with a dark thick head.
Very high intensity aromas: honey, coffee beans, banana, grass and a long etc.
Powerful, sweet’n’sour, oily and strongly bitter without being rough. Long finish. A hell of a good beer. MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Wow! I bought this just because it was something I hadn’t sampled from my local store. Holy crap. I am blown away by this. I just finished brewing my first homebrew, smelling something totally different a honey ale with extra light notes, cascade hops, etc. So this was kind of night to my homebrew’s day. Pours a really rich ruby color. Nice very light head. Very complex aromas Hard to single out aromas as they are equal malt/hops, nothing stands out. The complexity continues to the flavors, wonderful mingling of malt, hop, sweet to bitterness. This has firmed up my thoughts that barley wine is one of my favorite cold weather beers. harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Bold, heavy, not much head yet nice and frothy, one of my barleywine favs this year georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2007
This is my wife’s favorite barley wine. There is a definite caramel malty aroma and taste. This is not a beer for those looking for a hoppy flavor. The alcohol content, although rather high is well masked behind the complex palate. This beer is on the sweeter side of the spectrum for barley wines.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Very good example of a barley wine. Did not detect the licorice suggested by the labeling, thank goodness. Nicely sweet. Last few room-termperature sips tasted like candy. buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
Wow. A bit darker than I’d expect from a barley wine but, when raised to the nose it is all there: sour yeasty bread, fresh grass, spicy cinamon and a bit of fruity banana carried on the warm alcohol notes. So soft and rich in the mouth, it feels far heavier than the taste and aftertaste indicate. And the hops, rather than overpower the rest of the rainbow of flavoursome notes just allow the tongue to carry them on and on. As I said at the start, wow. janubio (844) - SPAIN - FEB 22, 2011
Extraordinary beer. Red-copper colour, with a small head that dissipates soon, leaving just a ring. Earthy smell, with some spice that I can’t identify right now, raisins,caramel, licorice, chocolate, brandy. Heavy palate, it will dry your tongue, but leaving a sweet taste of caramel, marzipan, licorice, spices, dark fruits, brandy...
Impressive great beer. pras (602) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Vertical sampling with 2012 and 2008. This beer ages very well. 2012 was a little bit sharp around the edges. 2008 was a totally different beer. Very smooth and nuanced. Flavors were more mellow. Alcohol was in balance with the sweet character. Tasted with dried cherries. Pairs very well! 9er (92) - Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2015 Growler at 5’o Clock Wines and Spirits in Owings Mills. Sweetish blend of carmel, malts and rasins make this a nice brew. Pours a deep amber and golden hue with a modest head, yeilding to a permeable amount of sugars and well balanced alcohol. Slightly piney sensation on the swallow and crispy, yet quite mature, semi oily and full of flavor.