donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
A very good barleywine. It has a great complexity to it, but you have to let it age. I found this out the hard way. I bought 4 bottles and drank 2 immediately. I was not impressed. The flavors were not melded well. I let the other 2 age for 1 yr. and it was a completely different beer. It had a great complexity to it. It was what a barleywine should be. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Rich amber colouring with minimal head. Aroma is of grapefruit. Palate is smooth with minimal bitterness. Taste is of malt and grapefruit with a definite taste of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A little harsh and unbalanced, seems a bit young. Will have to retry with some years behind it. oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours and orange-ish peach color. Creamy head and very carbonated. A lot of grapes and alcohol in the nose. Great spice presence and a small amount of hops. Strong alcohol flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and grapes. Great mouth feel smooth and comfortable. Good beer but a bit unbalanced. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Deep amber pour that was cloudy and murky with an off white / tan head of tight froth. Rich aroma of malty syrup. There was a tinge of something spicy - cinnamon? Sweet malt in the mouth with a hop bite at the finish. A Ruby Red grapefruit kick - tart and sweet followed by bitterness. Delicious beer. sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bomber! Orange-amber pour, not much head. Great aroma of cherry and caramel, with a huge boozy background. Flavor is dominated by alcohol, which overwhelms the caramel sweetness and malt complexity. Hops bitterness in the finish along with a good amount of heat. Good overall, but there are many more American barley wines with more balance at comparable ABVs.
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Just got the 2005 release, in a 22 oz. bottle. I was really impressed by the sweet bitterness of this brew. It went down nice and smooth, I might have to get another bottle of this before they sell out. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours light amber with almost no head. A classic sweet barley smell to it, that is the trademark of this style. Intense sweet barley taste to an odd, but good bitter taste. A long lasting changing aftertaste going from bitter back to sweet. Another nice stone beer. Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Probably should not have drank this on a hot day. What can I say? It’s a Barleywine. Lots of great flavor, beautiful color for the style. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i haven’t had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more. TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel malts and sharp alcohol. The flavor is caramel/toffee malts, with a sharp hop bitterness and alcohol bite. This beer does not have the complexity of malt flavors that is present in most other good barley wines. Good, but not great.