scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Highly effervescent head that bubbles and fizzes nicely but reduces to a small film of bubbles around the edge. Color is dark amber/red, cloudy with a small amount of sediment. Smells extremely vinous with a definate alcohol and sweet fruit note that is pleasant. Overwhelmingly get the smell of alcohol and sweet fruits. Taste is unexpected. There is really a lot happening but here goes. A really wine like quality that live up to the BarleyWINE name. Extremely smooth in your mouth and it is almost sugary as it washes over your tongue, then your brain deciphers it and you get the true tastes. Sweet fruity flavor with a alcohol backbone, I get no hops characteristics whatsoever. A good caramel taste sticks with you in the aftertaste. VERY good. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear, deep, brownish ruby with a thin beige head. Aroma: honey, sweet fruits, malt and bourbon. Taste: honey, fruit, malts, hops, bourbon, notes of spice. Long, warm alcohol finish. Soft carbonation. Overall a very good beer: smooth taste, nice body with depth. I plan on letting my other bottles age in the cellar a few years. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 2011 bottle. hard to deny the quality in this one. nice mahogany pour, not too big of a head. flavor has tons of toffee, caramel, pale malt, chocolate malt, dark red wine, and assertive but not huge hops. finishes hoppy and alcoholy but very satisfying and warming. i had this with food and the flavors came out more so than any other beer i’ve ever had basically, toffee and smokey overtones. this is one of the most "delicious" beers i’ve ever had. sort of made bigfoot seem simple and wimpy. jumpjet2k (330) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours a rich coppery brown with very light carbonation - not quite enough of a head to cover the top of the beer, though the edge of the head clings to the glass a little. Aroma of a lot of malt, with some fruit and caramel apple. Flavor is again a lot of sweet malt, little to no hops, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied but not overly thick. You just know this one will age well. Would love to try an older version. foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Vinuous, bloody red, alcohol is apparent, a little burn, flavor is not too cloying for a beer of this size. Lots of character in here, and they avoided excessive sweetness so I say it’s good.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
really nice barleywine. Alcohol is extremely well masked! Pours a carmel shade of amber with nice white head and some moderate lacing. Big malt all over well balanced for 2007 theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Dark, deep red. A minimal tan head which fades quickly. The aroma is plum, pear, raisin, molasses. Thick, chewy. Winey flavor, raisen stands out. Surprisingly smooth. Sweet, brown sugar, cinammon, cloves, chocolate. Very complex. Some bitterness in the finish but overall underhopped for my taste. Great for sipping after dinner. Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
2007 Bottle. Pours extremely cloudy. Popped with a good hiss, but no head when poured. Aroma is extremely sweet maltiness and a surprising amount of hops for a two year old beer (reminds me of angel’s share quite a bit). It makes me want to say there is bourbon in it, but I don’t believe that there is. Lots of malty aromas, as well as deep/dark fruits. Taste is lots of alcohol, sweetness, a good malt complexity, and just the right amount of hop bitterness/bite. I’m generally not a big barleywine fan, but this one is superb. BobyFischer (328) - FRANCE - MAY 20, 2016
Brune rubis limpide.Col de mousse se réduisant au minimum, balc cassé, beige clair.
Nez caramel, tonneau, acidité de tonneau, amertume.En tout cas : fa-bu-leux.
Bouche : de la force, une puissance inouïe mais beaucoup de douceur aussi, alcool présent, un caramel élevé en tonneau, belle complexité se terminant sur des notes amères.
Un superbe Barley wine, catégorisé Old Ale mais je ne sais pas à quoi cela correspond vraiment.Bon !
PS : Goûtez la XH de chez Kiuchi, c’est bon et proche ! improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2008
2008 version. Pours a dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of sour apple. Very heavy feeling on the mouth. Not as smooth as I expected. I’ve had better Barley Wines.