DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Fruity, yeasty, and a pleasant pepperiness that was immediately noticeable in the amber-colored brew. Low but noticeable hop profile added to the spiciness, complementing the starchy mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing. AndreasP (304) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
Very nice barley wine. Soft and nice mouthfeel, malt, alcohol, wood, spices, and dark berries. But glad I only had a sampler (10 cl). warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep hazy copper with a red tinge. Decent head for the ABV and good lacing. Smell is caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt and lots of hops. Taste is off the charts, sweet malty flavor, caramel, fades into a strong hop profile with plenty of bitterness. The hops may be showcased a bit too much for the style, but doesn't take away too much from the complex earthy malt. Thick mouth feel that you expect from a beer this big. This is a great sipper, and if you like the hoppier American style barley wines, this is a must try.
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Golden-amber color, head that surprised me that stuck around. Tastes warm from esters and alcohol, but also has a hop lingering flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite. beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Old guardian mmm. This is the 2009 batch. I don’t care what anyone says this is a fun, hoppy, big smash your head in barleywine. I love it. Huge hop profile when it is fresh, got some malt going on as well, but the hops are big and bigger. Some citrus in there, of course hops, malt and a bread flavor. With it being so hot I also notice a strong taste/smell of alcohol every so often. This one will do very well with age. I have had them aged before and wow, but I wanted to be fair and give a rating when this beer is as hot as it should be.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
This had an average head.Aroma almost none.color nice red-brown.This has a distinct taste.Quite different.Lots of flavor.Has a biting malt taste.Sugary.Finishes somewhat bitter.115 alcohol,I will probably get a headache!!This is a man’s beer!strong body.I taste the brandy.This beer should seperate the men from the boys.will buy again. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Decent barley wine but not a favorite. Aroma, appearance, and palate were all very nice. The flavor was not the finest as the alcohol taste was much more present than in some other barley wines with about the same ABV (i.e., not quite as smooth). Has a fair amount of bitterness. Still did enjoy and would partake again. AcctError76287 (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2009
bottle, 2007 vintage, sampled 3/1/07.
Pours a clear, rather light amber color with a thin head of off-white head that clears quick to leave some decent lacing. Aroma features a very heavy booze bite that overpowers much of anything else in the nose. Flavor unfortunately follows the nose, with little character other than lots of alcohol heat. Some smooth semi sweet grainy malt does show up in the background, but any significant hop character is drowned out by the booze. Palate is on the sharp and oily side, as one would expect from all the booze notes. Far from one of the best Barley wines. Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottled early 2008 release. Pours a beautiful red copper. Thick frothy off white head with nice lacing. Aroma is licorice, fruity, pine and resinous hops. Flavor is caramel and toffee, molasses, licorice, pine, and phenols. Palate is smooth. The alcohol isn’t overpowering or really disguised, but well suited to the overall taste. Really strong flavor and well balanced. Finish is resinous and bitter but not cloying, and dry. Very good. georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 2007 vintage. Nice deep amber pour. The sweetness of the malt is accompanied by alcohol in the aroma. Strong alcohol flavor with a lingering taste of hops. I actually understood what was written on the back of the bottle for a change.
Early 2006 vintage. Coppery orange pour with an off white head. Aroma is alcohol, some sugar, and a bit of fruit (dried apricot). Taste is strong and sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. It gets to be a bit syrupy.