garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a clear reddish orange with an off white head. Nose is malty and almost stale smell. Taste is huge malt then finish with some hops. Can taste alcohol as would expect for an 11.7% DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it. winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
2006 vintage. Poured a deep reddish mahagony with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is very pungent, caramel dipped cherries come to mind. There is also is mellow alcohol aroma that does not burn like some high alcohol beers but is still strong and almost makes me feel drunk just smelling it. Flavor is suprisingly smooth for a 13.25% abv beer, though it is still strong, it has a mellow caramel malt base with light roasted flavors hiding in the shadows. Hops are there though not at any kind of barleywine quantity. Sweet though balanced with the high alcohol. The burn of the alcohol is similar to a well aged single malt, you know its there but it is does not burn to the point of being undesirable. I prefer the 2005 vintage, but this is still one hell of a beer. Would be interesting to try sfter 5 to 10 years of aging. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste. shonobiwan (219) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle 2011 vintage. This was my first barley wine an it was interesting. It poured a deep cloudy burgundy color with moderate white head. Aroma was of wine, dried fruits and some malts. Taste was along the same lines, but wine/alcohol taste was overwhelming for me and my preference. It is a good brew but a style I would stay away from.
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Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2007 bottle. Careful with this one..... Itíll whip that ass if you aint ready for it.
Muddy, murky brown pour, not much to speak of in the way of a head. Definitely get a bourbon aroma from this one with some malt as well.
Man, this tastes like whiskey. Very strong oaky taste to this along with some sweetness and malt. Finishes pretty hot but thatís to be expected for a 2007. Very warming drink here. Got a few more bottles that Iím putting away for at least 2 more years. This needs aging because its going to be a damn smooth barleywine but its just not there yet. Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2007
Clear brown, slightly hazy towards the end of the pour. Complex nose with malt flavours surrendering to brandy and caramel. Fade to hops at the finish, which is quite clean. uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2003
WOW! Second only to Fuller's 1999 in my opinion. Small but rich head, distinctive and strong aroma, very dark and almost black. Very malty taste, bitter but not to any extreme, Absolutely amazing brew. foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
12oz bottle. 2008 Vintage. Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit with an excellent, sweet malt profile. High alcohol content is well disguised. Very delicious overall. jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2010
I was unimpressed by this. Perhaps I just wasnít in the mood for a barleywine, but it seemed to be little more than an attempt to cram as much malt as possible into a bottle. Dark brown, thick head. Aromas of malt, malt, and more malt. Bit of hops. Maybe some fruit. Taste is sweet, decently balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Syrupy mouthfeel. Decent, generic American barleywine. MIght benefit from aging; try older vintages (mine was only a year old).