sharkweek (120) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
This beer was the very much an old ale. I am not sure what they mean by a barley wine. The beer tasted so much like an old curmudgeon. Good, not great. sallad (115) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
Hazy bronze, reddish highlights, thick, fizzy head is darker than you would expect. Resiny aromas of sweet honey, pine and blueberry. Large malt body, perhaps slightly oxidized, with a bit of citrus in the finish and a thin, dry bitter aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth on the way down. phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 This is delicious. Caramel cocoa malty hop nectar. Not a classic barleywine Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
22 oz. Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of bourbon. Citrus hop also comes through in the aroma. Initial flavor is sweet caramel malt with raisins and plums, subdued oak. Balanced nicely with a citrusy hoppiness. Very slight warming finish. Medium bodied. I’ll definitely age a couple for future tastings. phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Looks like a barleywine, smells like an IPA. The bottle describes this as "pushing Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff", and that is about as accurate of a description of this beer that I can give. Very hoppy taste, with a candied finish that evens it out. I would now consider this one of my personal favorite barleywines.
PaulUnwin (92) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Sent to me by a friend and trader Andy from MA. Poured a dark brown clour, the aroma is of caramel, chocolate, tastes sweet and boozy. Also tastes creamy and the head and lace are still there to be seen a while after opening. Definately a good Barleywine that I would look for again. Cheers!! mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2009
22oz bottle, dark copper color with barely any head, aroma is heavy American barley wine- lots going on with just as much hop as malt aroma. Taste is the same- man, there is a ton of stuff here- earthy malts are almost meaty (kind of like the Arctic Devil in the malt dept, but not quite that big) and there are a ton of hops. I don’t know that i would say it is well balanced, there is just a lot of each. Also spices, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, alcohol- pretty much everything allowed in the barleywine spectrum. This is fairly fresh still for a barley wine so i think i’d have to let it age a while so the flavors can meld a bit more and smooth out some of the rough edges. Started out pretty cold and let it warm to room temp, which i preferred. Qubert (62) - USA - MAR 24, 2010
22 ounce bottle poured into Sam Adams special pint glass. Pours a dark brown/red color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, malt and hoppy. Flavor is sweet with a ton of hops and some raisin and caramel. Excellent beer. brendaniel (59) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Very interesting brew!! Poured a very dark amber with a beige head a good lacing throughout. Aromas were of mild sweetness, some candied sugars and mild chocolate. Flavors were typical of a sweet barleywine with a mild hop background that balanced the flavor very nicely. Medium bodied texture and a great finish. Very unique and flavorful beer ... kind of like someone poured a snort of IPA into my barleywine - can’t wait to have this one again!!