Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2012 version poured into a snifter. Looks like a thick, gooey liquid in my glass. Giant aroma of sugar, candy, molasses & alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma. Sweet & syrupy. Subtle flavor of alcohol (almost scotchy) is present throughout. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Creamy, wonderfully aromatic and a complex palate are what make this ale worthwhile. Brown in color with a very small head, the aroma is sophisticated but not overwhelming, a perfect balance. The downside is it packs a rather sweet punch at first taste. Malts are a heavy toasted, maple syrup and molasses. Hops make their presence known with plenty of pine. The alcohol is heavy. I wish it didn’t try so hard, but I enjoyed it nonetheless! lethe (177) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2005 edition. Rich, deep pour with a brown that tips toward black and has a sweet nose of toffee, brown sugar and plum. Palate is velvety thick with a careful amount of carbonation. Flavor is more of the dark richness with a dominating buttery toffee tone throughout. This is excellent. It seems very much in vein with an English barley tradition of layered malts and little hop intrusion. Boozey, blissful and blustery this is one of the best barleywines I’ve had. abergdahl (177) - SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2015
Deep plum aroma, dark brown with thin head, wonderful complex taste with a long after taste, great... kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle. found some 2007 at the store and decided to give it a try. Oak and vanilla flavors are extremely balanced, seems to be almost perfect. Very surprised to how well this is drinking.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
raisiny aroma with a little bit of a boozy smell. There is also an acidity aroma, maybe grapefruit. There is a bit of a metallic flavor, but that is overcome by the yeasty flavor and a barleywine flavor. Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
I tried this in a bottle in Atlanta. Very good stuff though a little on the sweet side. Very drinkinable, but definitel notes of the acohol in it as you would expect with this big of a beer. I’d get more of it if I could! FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle. 2006. 12 FL. OZ. Pours very brown with a hint of red and very little head that eventually disappears. No lacing either. Aromas of raisin and butterscotch. Fairly full-bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is smooth and sweet with a long finish. Although you can tell its in there, this beer hides its 13.25% well. beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Strong alcohol presence, nice balance between the malt and bitterness. Worth trying again. Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Damn! Now we’re talking. First off I did not check the alcohol content until after I drank this. I was stunned when I saw this was 11.4%. I never even noticed since I was really blown away by how smooth, gentle, and warming this ale was. It has incredible depth and really has one of the best sweet malt tastes I have had. I feel this blows away Old Rasputin. Also, it has great smell and apperance. An excellent choice, I am extremely pleased, this was an awesome ale.