Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep dark amber brown with medium dark cream head. Aroma predominately malt but can definitely distinguish the hops. Flavor is alot more balanced then I expected. A kick in the mouth on both fronts of malts and hops. Hops are bigger than expected but I actually really like that. Candy like sweetness but finishes really clean and smooth. I found this beer excellent yet hard to describe. Would really like to see how it turns out after a year in the cellar.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, light chocolate and fruity notes. Flavor of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, toffee and other fruity notes.
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is one truly fantastic beer. Rich aroma, very dark black color. This beer is tasty from the head to the last drop. Rich molasses and chocolate, tons of hops, an excellent finish. I truly hope that they offer this beer henceforward, preferably a tad cheaper and in a six-pack. Jackpot on this one!!
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. Dark black pour. Aromas of dark malts & liyttle else. Taste is dark malts, licorice, anise, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Licorice is pretty intense & really lingers on the palate. Fuller mouthfeel. Little aroma & lots of flavor but sort of jumbled
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma- heavy dough, yeast, white grape, caramel, roasted malt. pours dark reddish black with about 3/4th of an inch of light tan head. creamy, thick palate with carbonation in the background. taste is of sweet caramel, toffee, dark coffee, chocolate, cherry and other dark fruit. Finishes hoppy, bitter with vanilla in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and complex, great beer!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black/dark brown with a red highlights and a thick light tan head that lasts for ages. Great appearance. Aroma of caramel, chocolate covered figs, grapefruit, port, light maple, and hazelnut coffee. Interesting nose, which was much more noticable after letting the glass sit around a bit. Flavor is a similar and well rounded with caramel, brown sugar, mild maple, port, figs, grapefruit, earth, and a substantial bitterness throughout the flavor. Finishes bitter and fruity with plums, grapefruit and a sweetened bitterness that seems dark in character without taking on much coffee/espresso character. Full bodied and very creamy and rounded mouthfeel. Very little heat detected, this is just a joy to drink. Good barley wine that doesnít QUITE reach greatness, despite the excellent appearance and palate.
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. Pours dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma of booze and dark malt. A lot of flavor, but not a lot of flavors.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 corked and caged. A nice tasting barleywine but i would definetly sit this one for a year or two. drinkable, not offensive but would be better with some age. a little burn.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source:On tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington.
Glass:10 oz snifter.
Appearance:Hazy brown pour with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Aroma is mainly of caramel and resinous hops. Hints of spice and citrus abound.
Flavor:Flavor was a sweet malt base with a solid hoppy finish and lingering presence.
Palate:Medium/full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This didnít have as much roast in the flavor as some Black IPAs do. The overall hop presence was great, but this wasnít much more than a black colored Bigfoot (Sinamar?). Overall a very good beer, but when I heard Black Barleywine, I was expecting different and better. At the heart, this was a victim of the advertising.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very dark, like a stout. very strong roasty malt/coffee and alcohol aroma. super thick body, wow. very malty flavor with dark fruit and toffee followed by leafy hops. the hops are all throughout but not as hoppy as i expected. not a bad thing though. semi sweet in flavor. booze is hidden pretty well but very warming and noticeable in the brain. well done but not my style, iíd prefer a more pale barleywine (iíd rather have a bigfoot). have to admit this is pretty unique though.