Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Blackish color with a small amount of off-white head. Sweet candy taste with a smooth finish. I would really like to keep one in a bottle for later. Another GABF barley wine find. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
pours a dark brown color w/ hints of red and a whispy brown head. Genericly sweet smell toffee and carmel smells a bit off. Good palate well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is hot in the swallow (alchol) has teh same generic sweetness, overly sweet almsot toffee and hints of carmel. A pretty shitty BW. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Draft - big malty nose. Deep amber bodied. Cloudy and dark. Very sweet and fruity. Big full body. Decent, but too sweet for my barleywine palate. Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2006
Draught. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is overwhelmingly of alcohol---I like barley wines to have a whiff of alcohol, but this smells remarkably like flavored vodka. If you get past that, there are also dark fruits, quite sweet malt, and a bit of vinious character (almost no hops). Flavor is the same in basically all respects. Quite harsh and alcohol-drenched, despite having a pretty normal ABV for a barley wine. I actually enjoyed it moderately, but I wouldn’t say it’s a particularly good example. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 my first flying dog and barley wine. pours a hazy brown not much off white head with small lacing and a medium body.has a sweet alcohol malt smell with a little hops. the flavor is a very malty oat beginning and middle with a small hop ending. also has a small wine taste mixed in through out and has a small sugar taste almost like cane. this also has a little sticky feel to it as well. has a smooth after taste and a little burn on the stomach. this definetly is not for me i will stick with my ipas’.
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Much darker than I was expecting, not a lot of head, and no lacing. Sweet, slightly pruney aroma with just a whiff of chocolate. These impressions carry through to the flavor, where a coffee tang joins in. Seems overly sweet, and needs more hopping. The vinous character makes me think more of an impy stout, but it doesn’t quite get there either. Might be worth aging, but it probably won’t become a better barleywine. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
From bottle. Rich fruity aroma. Deep musky ruby red colour with a thin head. Sweet, fruity flavour. Little bit of spice in there. Pleasant beer with an easy finish. Good beer just not my type. SpringsLicker (3663) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Clear medium brown pour under a small off-white head.
Sweet flavor with a bit of hop bitterness. Some dryness in the finish.
O.K. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Much darker than a lot of barleywines. Lots of malt and dark fruit aromas - taste is slightly better than the smell. Licorice and fig with a nice hoppy bite. I’d like to see what some time does to one of these. wlajwl (7005) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Not a fan of barley wines in general, this typifies why with the alcohol playing against the hops and malts and making it taste too much too much.