jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 18, 2005
clear dark amber pour, with a 2 cm white head. fruity, spicy aroma, with a little alcohol. decent flavor, citrusy, somewhat sweet, and a little alchohol in the finish. somewhat thin mouthfeel, but thats ok. overall pretty good, but i can think of a lot of barleywines i’d pick first. Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2008
Dark amber with large white head. Dusty beery aroma. No other way to really describe it. I drank it warm and the bitterness is somewhat high (and very present in the aftertaste). Some maltyness maybe a light fruity tastes (sort of grape esque). The bitterness is just all wrong though for the flavor. It’s not a bad flavor I just didn’t like it. Hides the alcohol well. Scratchy mouthfeel. Moderately thick... not great.... SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Not as sweet as most barleywine styles I’ve tried, which is good, but it’s missing that super alcohol kick. Interesting that you can actually tell by taste that this is made by Full Sail, maybe it is more closely related to their IPA. nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JAN 23, 2006
2004 Version. Well balanced but not aggressive enough. Clean clear taste, not that power full. Not that interesting for an American barley wine. darbish (115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2009
smells sweet and fruity (like orange peels and caramels), overshadows a faint alcoholic odor. pours thickly and is cloudy amber with thin head. taste is far hoppier and bitter than the aroma indicates. however, the same flavors that are in the smell show up here too (bitter orange peel, burnt sugar). Also, the flavor of the alcohol is there, but it’s muted, which I like. It pours thick and feels thick, and it has full flavor. However, it’s unfortunate that the flavor doesn’t have much range.
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
Amber color with vanishing white head. Taste on the sweet side for a barleywin, but malty and smooth. Medium palate with some hops in the finish. tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2009
limp thin and tiny. a bit sour and bitter on the finish. readily available year round at a great price. Feels like a pale ale. nothing special, If i were blind folded i wouldn’t know it was a barely wine or that it is 9%. HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Pours amber/orange, with low carbonation, coupled with the huge hop body makes this a smooth sipping ale, Alcohol really warms you up. Easy drinking for such a big beer, excellent plavor dominated by malt, but very well hopped. jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 10, 2004
What a beautiful beer! Pours deep red/amber with a continuously replenishing head... I mean, this thing is still bubbling quickly after 5 minutes. Ya, I’ve been smelling it for about 5 minutes. It smells really darn good! Very floral hop aroma, with a touch of sharpness. Mellower in this respect than a lot of BW’s. The head is actually growing. Neat. The flavor is suprising, more floral hops, quite sweet and full of malts and the finish. Exceptionally smooth and pleasantly warning as you swallow. Has a touch of metallic aftertaste. I can see why this one is so highly rated! sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
This bottle was recommended to me by the guys at the Pizza Port bottle shop. ’07 bottle. Pours a deep amber with a nice light carmel head. Nice bitter mouthfeel with hops, spice, and light carmel. I would like to try this one with another year or two on it. All around, a pretty nice barleywine.