Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15.
Murky amber orange topped with a moderate beige swirl that stays for the show.
Nose is rich fruit, spice, fruit cake mix, dates.
Taste comprises caramel, dark fruit peel, light spice, booze tunes, fruit cake, toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze.
Decent barley wine.
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours unclear amber with a few floaties and a creamy tan head. Suggestions of oxidation in the aroma, crackers, caramel, toast. Medium sweet flavor with some smoked meat, dry caramel, toasted grains, slight earth. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some ripe semi-dark fruits, more toast, creamy caramel, alcohol, toasted rye, subtle smoked ham, honey. Great stuff overall.
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Thanks to Paul and Lorna! Reddy brown, hazy, sparkling, small tan head. Aroma is dates, pine, oxidised port. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is boozey up front, sweet dates, a little acidic, light smoke, dry finish with no real bitterness.
Sarlacc83 (1366) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from long ago. I forget where I purchased it; probably Belmont Station.
A: Dark mahogany that’s near to black. Creme colored foam head. Some lacing.
N: Maple syrup, smoke, caramel, vanilla, some cocoa, more smoke resulting in whiffs of bacon, hint of black peppercorn, earth, and a rounding out of pine.
T: Smoky, bitter, and sweet commingled together in elegant proportion.
M: Medium body, foamy prickling carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden.
O: Tasty mixture of maple syrup and smoked barleywine. The maple adds the type of complexity to this that something like Canadian Breakfast Stout is missing. Excellent beer; I expect that this has mellowed quite a bit.
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is toasted grain and caramel. Medium mouth, nice booze, dark fruits, caramel, maple, light smoke in the finish, very nice.
JStax (3778) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a hazy copper with a beige head of foam. The aroma has notes of smoke, wood, toffee, nuts, and raisin. The taste is similar, with the smoke coming through more as the beer warms. Thicker body and medium carbonation.
jackl (5806) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ CK. deep ber with a small head. Sorting peppery and hot. Caramel swirl and cows tails. Taste is sort of smoky, some ham, some caramel. Brown sugar. Medium body, soft carb. Too much smoke character.
ryanfolty (2071) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
November 26, 2014 - bottle via trade. Light brown pour with limited head that faded quickly. Aroma was maple and smoke. Taste was consistent with the aroma, started with the caramel and maple sweetness and finished with a nice smoke. This was one of the best non-BA barley wines I have had. Thanks to Brandon for sharing.
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark red-brown with a small cream colored head. Aroma is rich and sweet, of dark fruits, maple syrup, caramel malt, vanilla. Taste is very sweet, overripe dark fruits, dates, figs, sticky caramel and maple syrup, and smoked meats underneath everything. Hides the alcohol dangerously well. Lingering sweetness. Very tasty, but could use just a bit more smoke to counter all the sweetness.
bmerz (740) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy clear amber with legs but no head. Aroma is big, spicy, yeast, malt, moderate smoke, alcohol heat. Flavor is dense malt smoke, earthy dense hops, meaty finish. Feel is thin with a little heat. So well constructed and could age longer.