NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 OK, maybe I'm the wrong person to be rating this stuff, but jeez, it was 'way over the top for me. I don't dislike it, but it's entirely too strong-tasting for me (keep in mind, I LOVE India Pale Ales so I'm used to strong-tasting brews). I'm getting way too much burnt raisin taste. Maybe it's the style of beer that I'm having a problem with--I should try another brand of barley wine and see how it compares...
ADDENDUM--I've adjusted my ratings slightly higher because I had another bottle of this stuff over the weekend and actually enjoyed it a bit more. This time, more of the sweetness came through and it didn't taste as harsh as the first bottle I drank. It's still not my favorite brew, but it's not as horrible as I originally thought either... Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 16, 2002
What stood out most was the huge carbonation which i didnt care for much.Alcohol hidden quite well. Not to bad. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
This was a good beer, but a little bit too much licorice taste for me. Flying do makes another mediocre beer. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle pours dark copper with little to no head. Aroma is very mild with hints of raisin and alcohol. First taste is sweet fruit then alcohol and hops take over. Finish is dry with some hops burn but alcohol is definately present. Just not my style. specksnreds (55) - USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pretty good. Lacks the balance of some other BW’s, but good none the less. A little too bitter and flat in the palate. Great aroma and appearance. Nice mouth feel.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle at my new home in London:) Aroma is big rich sweet malt, mollasses character and some berry character. Taste is similar, big and super malty, like still alright an does the job, but a bit too rich and malty to be great. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Kind of a let down here. Maybe a good intro Barleywine, but everything is just too muted. I just like big beers, and this isn’t one. Everything you love ina barleywine, but toned way down. Malt backbone, hop profile. Very smooth and drinkable, just not what I want in a BW. barncatmatt (2284) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2008
355 ml bottle from premier gourmet. fall 2007 bottling. brown/amber pour with a small tan head that is gone quickly. nice big malty nose but alcohol and sweetness ruin it. the flavour is overly sweet and filled with butterscotch aka diacetyl. mmmmm. rich full mouth of diacetyl goodness. way down hill after the aroma. im not likely to buy this one again. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Pours brown with a thin off white head. Smells of sweet malt, some citrus, tea. Tastes very tea like with some dark fruity hints. krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. color is tawny brown. intensely sweet nose of brown sugar and caramel with a hint of apricot. very thick mouth is quite sweet. notes of raisins and fruitcake and some spice. a hint of clove helps bring the back end to a lighly hopped finish.