mverity (362) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle courtesy of BA’er @Casey3236. Pours a mostly opaque deep nutty brown, with hints of rich woody red. Creamy tan head that held pretty well before fading into a medium collar and a few wisps. Sticky legs and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, deep earthy malt, woody, some leathery damp soil. Taste is dark caramel, nutti-chocolate with some almond like toastiness, leather and earth. Rich mouthfeel, full bodied and low to medium carbonation. I think I aged this one a bit too long, or maybe not long enough. That dirt-like flavor is a little off putting. machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Poured a very dark amber with little head. The aroma is not very exciting, slightly on the hoppy side. The flavor is outstanding, just a really good mellow beer with a nice mix of hops and malt that seems to be a perfect balance. The 9% alcohol is not overpowering. For as large a beer as this is, it is very easy to drink. An excellent barleywine. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark amber with a light ring for a head. Aroma is sweet caramel, figs, licorice and vanilla. Flavor has a bit left over hop bitterness, vanilla, caramel malts and hints of figs. Light carbonation and light bodied. Alright barlywine. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Clear brown pour with a tan head. Big aroma - strong hops presence, and strong sugary/honey component. Hoppy flavor on top of a strong sugary base and also bit of dark fruit (this has more hops than I’m used to in a barley wine). Bitter finish with a much fainter amount of sugar. Light bodied and lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Good beer, but there are other barley wine style beers that I would recommend before this one. hollardustin (330) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with medium khaki head. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel, spicy, floral, and slightly fruity. The taste is really well balanced between malt and hops with a really nice firm hop bitterness. This is a quite enjoyable barley wine.
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Dark red, coppery pour with a thick tan head that looks more dense than fluffy. Nice lacing. Not much of an aroma. Some hops, caramel, dark fruit. Full body with a creamy, oily texture. Very sweet and malty. Definitely getting some toffee, figs, even a bit of chocolate. Very mellow hop character that adds a touch of balance. I havent had many barley wines but this is excellent. I cant wait to go back to the brewery and grab another one to cellar! sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Tap->honker: Pours a thin white head atop a murky, dark amber body. A mild, sweet aroma. Full bodied, moderately sweet, but not too heavy, finishing with a pleasant sweetness and a general sweetness on the tongue. Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Delicious barley wine aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is more caramel and toasted malt with a nice hint of hops on the finish. Very smooth. Good beer. craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Poured a cloudy mahogany color with a light tan head. Aroma is earthy, leaves, floral, citrus, caramel, and a very faint banana smell. Taste is bitter citrus, molasses, pine, nuts, chocolate, and a bitter, boozey finish. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2011
Poured a rusty red, very murky. A finger’s worth of foam which quickly dissipated. The aroma is heavy on pepper, spice and licorice. The taste certainly has a good bit of spicy hops up front and licorice, though the spicy flavor comes through stronger as the beer warms up. Alcohol is barely discernable. Very soft on the palate. A very interesting and excellent brew.