gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2017 Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bit of hopness to the aroma, poured a sizable head that quickly thinned out but hung around. This is a pretty good beer, but not quite what I expected for a barley wine. The flavor wasn’t bad, but seemed to be lacking the richness common to the style. Maybe it just needs some time to age. Still enjoyable though…
From old tasting notes. Translucent reddish brown color with a tannish brown head of immense proportions. Bittersweet toasted malt aroma has a caramel character. Intensely sweet toasted malt flavor upfront is slightly cloying. Bittersweet middle is heavy and complex. Finish is bitter and highly hopped leading to a long bitter aftertaste. Big, full bodied and potent. A mouthful in every sip. Outstanding! hauxe (901) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2016
Rated from old notes for posterity. Very pleasant. Has an underying burnt bitterness with fruity overtones. Creamy. Warming, but not so alcoholic as the style might dictate. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"smooth, malty, and sweet, but thin and boring compared to the best of this style. still better than an average beer, but subpar for a barleywine. needs to be more complex (compelling?)"
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Dark burgundy coloured, creamy winter warmer with sweet caramelly malt profile, candied fruits and warming, liqueurish alcohol in the finish without any astringency. Great, though more and old ale than a true barley wine to me. Too bad this isn’t made anymore. beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle share thanks to mcbacus. Pours a orange amber color. No head. Aroma is still malty sweet. Taste is strong malt and boost. Burns a tad going down.
Homer321 (5170) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
(Bottle by Ram). Bottle shared by mcbackus. Pours a flat brown. Aroma is a raisin and oxidized. Taste is sweet and malty with raisins and sherry. Good but past its prime. Bottle says by 2007. Probably a good date. DrewFace (969) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle says best by 2008, neat. Bottle share thank to mcbackus. Dark amber, nearly brown pour, no head. Caramel, vanilla, ice cream, sweet aroma. Sweet, caramel, oxidized - not surprising, vanilla, mildly bitter finish. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
355mL bottle at Stuffed Sandwich. $8. Pours clear red amber, medium tan foam. Spotty lace. Nose is maple, vanilla extract, cola, root beer. Vanilla extract dominates. Taste is bland, watery, dark bread, mild bitterness, bread crust. Huh, not bad. OllieBBommel (1531) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2013
Bottle@tasting (2002), 500ml. Head: off-white. Colour: clear, amber. Aroma: fruit. Taste: malt, medium bitter-sweet. Palate: mouthwarming, medium bitter-sweet finish. Overall: nice. POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - APR 26, 2012
old rating: Brown color with good head. Sweet aroma. Sweet and fruity flavor.