TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
06 bottle- Nice warming beer, great sipper for winter. Poured red-brown with light brown head. I get carmel, maple, and alcohol out of this one. Solid beer had to drink it before the bourbon barrel just to see the difference. This version of old stock seems empty after drinking the BB version. The body seemed to thin for me. The finish is all alcohol too. evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours cranberry with small head that quickly fades leaving little lace. Nose of candy apple, oak, cherry and caramel. Taste of bourbon, caramel, and a hint of lime on the finish. I will pick up a few more to cellar for this can only improve as it mellowa with age. A very full mouthfeel and a long hot finish. crhensel (145) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
(Bottle 2011 vintage) Pours a murky dark amber with a full finger tan head that fell fast. The nose is very subtle for a barleywine, but had hints of earth and some prune/plum that was very pleasant. It’s very rich in the mouth with a pleasant caramel malt flavor up front, and a very nice warming from the alcohol at the finish. The flavor sticks around for a while, but that’s not a bad thing. An excellent choice on a very cold night! Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew. Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
Aroma of malt, toffe and cherrys. The apperance is nicly red with a medium head. Tha flavor is of toffe and is bitter and sweet at the same time. The beer has overall a bit to weak aroma and the alcohol i shining threw but is still a very good beer.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again. bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 2005 Bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Taste was of brandy, caramel candy, malt, some dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Both a sweet and a bitter. A complex beer, much more to be savored on a cold winter night. Tuck ’er away in the cellar, and I can only imagine MORE complexity. $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. Probably worth double! Enjoy!!! jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2012 Vintage. Pours a murky brown with a very thin head. Aroma is of concord grapes, caramel malts. Flavor is sweet caramel, boozy, slight grape. Finish is toffee and rich Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2008, 12oz bottle, new label. Pours hazy dark reddish brown, thin head, low carbonation. Alcohol taste not readily apparent. Less sweet more hops than some barley wines. I’m enjoying this. elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Mahogany with lasting one-finger head. Quite lacy. Aroma of navel oranges, pineapple, & obvious alcohol. Flavor seriously sweet, becoming warmly alcoholic (a bit much, I must admit), then woody w/hops. Might need aging. Lovely mouthfeel--not too thick, and perfect, medium carbonation.