KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2005
I sipped some of this from my fiance’s glass. It has a really nice dark red color and only a trace of foam, limited to the edges of the glass. This beer smells and tastes like a horse. Not the shiningly clean show-horse variety, but the smelly, dirty, unkempt ones that are always swatting away flies. That kind of horse. bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
2013 bottle. Clear copper, thin off-white head. caramel, citrus, floral, bread, lots of alcohol. medium sweetness, very bitter. full body, creamy, thick feel, astringent finish. Overwhelmingly bitter at the temperature I’d normally serve it at, but it balances out some after a while. Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Very good. I don’t drink barley wines much, so I was expecting it to be very, very strong...but it was suprisingly smooth and easy to casually drink. Despite the other posts here, I think it hides its high alcohol content very well. It’s only drawback?...you can’t drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On draft at Rattle n Hum. I dug this one. Pours a dark amber orange colour. Aroma of honey, floral hops, citrus, malts, with a hint of grass and bread notes. The flavor is pretty much the same. Watch out with this one-high abv which is not noticeable. vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
The aroma is bitter and fruity. The flavor has less fruit and more of the hop bitterness. Flavors mix well.
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2011
Aroma: Pineapple, blood orange, toffe.
Taste: Grapefruit peel, apricot, earthy, figs.
Mouthfeel: Full body, quite dry, lingering bitterness. ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 bottle. 10.06% alc. in this one. Nice citrus nose. I swear I got a hint of spice. But I don’t know if my nose is being honest with me on that one. Only a hint of anything beyond the citrus hops. On the tongue, althought the bitter hops are dominant, I can still get a sense of the "darker" side. Underneath the bitterness (that sticks around for quite a while) there is a hint of caramel. But it pales in comparison to the hops. May need aged a bit more to come to its full potential. Once it warms to the ideal drinking temperature, alcohol starts to become quite evident, and it begins to resemble a sherry on the tongue. Still kind of hot, though, unfortunately. Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Deep rich honey with a bit of orange color. Not much of a head, white in color. The flavor has strong notes of peach, and the alcohol tinges the mouth, but at the same time the bodyis smooth, and the end dry. This reminds me of the Newport Storms yearly bottles excpet less fruity. Not bad for the style, drinkable for a strong beer. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Bold and beautiful. Very strong hoppy taste, medium roast, big on the alcohol. Tons of malt, caramel taste. Medium body. Great. joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 aroma very inviting with sweet malt.raisins,and grapefruit. Taste somewhat balanced for a new barleywine. Hops and alcohol round out the finish while sweet and citrus start off each sip. getting a good buzz from this doesnt hurt its rating either.