JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
This is an outstanding malty barleywine. The aroma is of sweet fruit and warm caramel. The flavor is a combination of sweet, velvety malt and noticeable port like qualities with hints of dark, earthy fruit. The palate is cloying and dry, and smooth, but not syrupy. Fans of English style barleywine should seek this beer out. humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
RIch, opaque, earthen brown ale with a tan head served in snifter. Nose is brown sugar, butterscotch pudding, vanilla with some undertones of orange oil. Flavor develops from these aromas into a biscuity, dark, dried fruit brew with vanilla, roasted nuts and perhaps licorice and spice in the backbone. Finish is boozey, resinous, chewy and abundantly sweet. A warming and delicious barley wine. I would have to agree with those reviewers who give this one top scores in price for taste value. Alexus (244) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Vintage 2007. Shared bottle @ Cardinal. medum/dark amber in color with smooth carbonation. Aroma full of malts and caramel. Smooth carbonation, and smooth malt richness. Great vintage, and one of the best barley wines I’ve ever tried! dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
2011 vintage from bottle: Aroma of raisins, wet cardboard, cherries, spice and slight leather. Appearance is garnet with a minimal head and almost no lacing. Taste is sweet, spicy, then hot unsurprising for a nearly 12% beer. Palate is thick and syrupy with a bit of burn as it goes down. A nice beer, I was surprised at the slight oxidation considering it’s only a year old but it tastes good and will warm you up. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2006
05 bottle. Gigantic aromas of caramel, a bit of vanilla, honey, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much cloyingly sweet, fruity, also a bit of toastyness and big alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is quite coating and full, with moderate carbonation. This tastes good, but the overwhelming sweetness makes this hard for me to drink, and hell no Im not gonna pour it out.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2008
dark ruby/brown with a sall whit head. sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. flavor was malty and sweet with an alcohol warmth and a nice touch of bitterness. mouthfeel was medium to full. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2004 bottle so this has not been aged yet. Pours deep red with very little head or lacing. Aroma of berries, cognac, sweet malt and alcohol. Syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is quite different than many american hop forward barleywines. This is like a fine liquor. Fruity, sweet, and with an alcohol kick. Truly a sipping beer, and that is coming froma guy who drinks Yeti at the same rate as a Molson. Pedro_Pinho (242) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
Brown, slightly redish liquid with off white head. Aroma is mainly bread to me. Smooth, but rather anonimous taste. Not bad, but definitely overrated. beeratarian (242) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
2009 on draught at the Brew Kettle. Pours a medium reddish brown with a slight haze. Aroma is sweet dried fruit, molasses, alcohol. Taste is malty medium sweetness, smooth drinking, raisins and prune. Good solid offering but not as good as the 2008. UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2006
2005 bottle: Let it be known I’m not the biggest fan of the style. Enter the cloudy line where brandy and beer meet. Great looking beer, dark red, with tiny little bubbles underneath a tannish head. Simple smell of moldy brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and syrupy. Sugar dates, faint roasted malt, little bitter hops all topped off with a ton of brown sugar. Too sweet.