Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Very sweet aroma, almost sickeningly so. Nice dark coloring, combining almost no head with a very nice mahogony color. Very sweet flavor, much more than I was expecting. Doesn’t show the alcohol, which is nice, but the flavor is a little overpowering for me. Doesn’t really compare with the Full Sail barleywine. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2007
On tap at Hard Liver. Dark amber w/ medium head. Slight floral hop aroma...with pine. Funky malt taste is different....tobacco and dark fruit. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Sweet and sugary. Light hops in the aroma, balanced by the strong taste of sugar and sweet malt. Some fruit. A brown, thick beer. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bomber. Pours mostly clear, with a very light haze. The reddish-amber body is topped with a small crown of frothy, khaki colored foam. Skinny lines and micro spots of lacing mark the glass. The aroma shows quite malty and sweet, notes of moderately toasted toffee, biscuit, and sweet bread dough forming the base. Hints of melon and mild grapefruit form a hop profile that just can’t keep pace with the malts. Flavors primarily follow suit, again showing sweet bread, toast, and dough, this time adding in some golden raisin and sugary date sweetness. Fruity melon and citrus hops come through softly on the finish. The palate sports a medium-full body, with most of that heft coming from the residual sugars. It finishes off sticky, somewhat cloying, and warm. This one just didn’t really impress me all that much. sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Sweet with aromas of caramel and hints of marzipan and alcohol. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation.
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2013
22oz bomber of unknown vintage. Pours a dark opaque brown with very little head. Aroma is very sweet, with pitted fruit most prominent. Taste is also sweet and malty. Very little hop flavor. slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"i really like most Marin beers, and even a bad barleywine is a pretty good beer overall, but that’s just what this one is. thin and relatively flavorless in comparison to better Bw’s. There’s quite a few I can think of superior to this one." DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/15/15] Draught at Toronado in San Francisco. 2009 edition. Nice clear amber color. Aroma of malt, caramel, cookies and some old hops. Sweet caramelly flavor with cookies, stale hops, a bit of alcohol and a bitter finish. Rounded mouthfeel. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Super sweet. Cloying. Needs way more bittering hops to balance this beer. Very syrupy. (Note: Apparently my taste buds don't match the judges'--this beer took 5th place in the festival.) grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2005
A darker barley wine. Unusual, interesting aroma, with brown sugar, fruit punch, melon, and a strong alcohol presence. Initially sweet, dessert-bread-like quickly fading flavor interlaced with tropical fruits and a mild nuttiness. Cuts out alarmingly quickly, leaving a padded, soft feeling in the mouth. A good bitter balance to the maltiness. A good, but not great, barley wine.