str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, - MAR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bestillingsutvalget at Vinmonopolet. Pours a hazy amber color body in the glass with a thin off white head. Sweet and fruty smell of brown sugar, orange and port. Quite alcoholic on the nose. Delicious taste of brown sugar, clementines/orange, hops and creamy caramel. The alcohol is well integrated in the taste and the overall impression of this "barleywine" is very impressive indeed!
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to bergstaden for getting this one across to me. Everything about this ale just worked so well I wish I had the luck of cellaring a few more.
At cellar temperature and into a tulip. A solid yeast pack holds on the pour. The body of beer a shimmering, deep, ruddy copper. Head is hardy; holding for much of the length a mere half centimetre of pine coloured cream. The legs as you swirl the glass are incredible. Treacly, sweet, golden syrup and caramel on the nose atop hints of peach and apricot, orange blossom, sherbet and boozy sherry. Big body, meaty and viscous with a light spritz of carbonation up front and a lengthy rough malt, burnt sugar and sherry warmth to the finish. Plenty of pale stonefruit and caramelised, sharp and savoury fruit mince coming through. It has a lengthy sweetness that compliments the bitter fruit and chunky malts. Light earthiness and hint of new oak settles in. With all that’s going on it works harmoniously together. For 13.2% ABV it drinks of a barley wine of moderate strength. Delectable yet not overly complex - it has mellowed in the past few years. It just works. A lovely barley wine! (50cL, 2012 vintage)
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at Ferris’, vintage 2012, ~4 years old
Cloudy dark amber color, cloudy. The aroma is very corky, the flavor is malty, sweet, for a good body, but overall it’s not aging too well. Warm, alcoholic final.
Nice but old.
GothGargoyle (2279) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. Dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, soy sauce, hint of sherry, light oxidation. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a hint of spice on the backend. Taste is caramel, soy sauce, sherry, spice, citrus zest. Mmm.
Ferris (10779) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Light oxidization, sweet, touch of minty notes and caramel. Hazy brown with a light beige head. Light oxidization, some herbal notes, caramel and a long finish. A bit oxidized but nice.
erling1000 (478) - - APR 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A norwegian, brown barley wine with liw head. Aroma is cheese, malt, prune. Tadte is sweet.
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jesperhammer (3989) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
27-MAR-2016, bottle @Morten, from Fish & Beer.
Amber with a low tan head.
Dried fruit, nuts, dried orange peel. Sweet malt, hops. Full body. alcoholic. Nce.i
RasmusOtt (2082) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange/amber with a beige head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch, toasted malts, bitter nuts and weak booze. The taste has notes of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, bitter nuts, plums, dark sweet fruits, alcohol and a bitter hoppy end. A bit on the boozy side but still an ok sipper.
CObiased (257) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours a murky brown with a thin tan head. Huge malt flavors with lesser hints of cocoa, toffee, prunes, roasted nuts and rich breadiness. Complex and delicious.
Klimaet (1408) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber with small brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, molasses, dark sugar, toffee, toast, light hops. Taste is malty, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweet, toasty, bready.
TET (2465) - Kaarina, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BBE 03.07.24, thus fresh. A reddish, dark brown beer, a head is very small and beige. Aroma is intensive, enjoyable and quite sweet. Apricot marmelade, dry cake, toffee, raisins, and prunes. Taste has dry cake and richness of malts, toffee, herbs, also fresh fruits and wood, nice balancing bitterness and totally the sweetness isn’t so strong. Full bodied, low carbonation, not heavy and enjoyable, great. Sweet type of Barley Wine, but still the balance is there. Enough of complexicity. Delicious beer.