40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2002
Dark colored. Thick and sweet like a young barleywine but very hoppy like a strong ale. Much hoppier than the typical barelywine. Finishes dry and not cloying. Unusual but not unplesant beer. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle thanks the tever: Slightly hazy, red/brown pour. Very thin white head. Aroma, musty, sweetness some caramel. Flavor, not much to speak of, some sweet malts. Itís kinda flat and thin. Really not much to say. Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
Deep amber, large unattractive bead, beige head.Sweet malt,light alcohol nose.Malt profile, piney, medium hop finish and alcohol heat 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle: Fiery orange, thin frothy light beige head, spotty lacing, no noticeable carbonation.   Soft sweet caramel nose, but mainly strong citrus peel.   Seems to be a little bit of wet sock too.   Very pale malt body on this one, slightly astringent, low hop profile (for a Barley Wine anyway), with a fairly moderate biting citrus peel flavor.   Not big in body at all, and certainly not for a 10.2% brew.   Finishes shows a bit of alcohol, with a rough citrus bitter finish.   Not big enough to age well I believe as the malt body is pretty much non-existant.   I was really looking forward to this one too.   Thanks Bill! iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
12oz, 2006 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a half finger yellowish creamy head--fades to a film rather quickly. Aroma has some floral and piney hops, though whatís there isnít that strong. There is also some vanilla, sugar cookie dough, and light caramel malts. Flavor is plain bitterness up front eventually turning into pine, but either way not great. Alcohol and some sweet malts are there as well. Semidry moderately bitter finish. Moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. This is not a good beer, and I have a feeling it will give me heartburn.
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
P: Dark amber with a two finger thick white/tan head. S: Sharp alcohol, pine bittering hops, caramel, wood, and brown sugar. T: Caramel, piney hops and lemon zest. M: Syrupy and rather sticky. O: Not the most enjoyable but I do know that againg helps this one. I had a four year old bottle a few years back and thought it was super mellow and enjoyable but never took notes on it. Oh well, looks like one is going to the cellar. tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2016
Iím not a fan of sweet beer, but this was a good one. Quite spicy and actually improved as it warmed notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for this - man, I hate when brewers filter their barleywines - totally clear, bright red with zero head - aroma of fig, caramel, and a slightly medicinal alcohol smell - very thin on the palate - hints of herbs and spices, subtle hops - light sweetness, with some biscuit and caramel - astringent, phenolic finish - not a lot going on - "middle of the road" is a compliment for this beer. demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2007
2k6 bottle: A nice floral hop aroma, butterscotch, with a roasted maltiness, a light plum nose, and some alcohol lingering in the background. Appearance is a translucent maroon color with a thin almost non-existent soapy white head. Taste is a nice hop texture, way to much alcohol burn on the back end, a roasted nut note, caramel, pine cones, and almost a pine-sol taste to it. I might of opened this too early or something got messed up with it, but this is not that stellar of a barley wine. Iíve had much better. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2008
bottle. Pours an off-burnt orange color. Aroma is vineous, floral. Flavor is a lot of the same features, a good malt body, with a decent hop accent. Very much a Speakeasy brew, not bad.