DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really an incredibly well balanced barleywine, begins with a really nice malt backbone with a solid woody note and a sweetness which sneaks in through the finish and lingers beautifully on the palate afterwards as it becomes deeper. This was a really incredible barleywine, really phenomenally well balanced and delicious, really wish i had some more to tuck away although it is pretty much perfect now
kermis (7834) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, sweet malt, light spice, booze. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A little disappointing and one dimensional, expected more from this.
Maakun (1884) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2015 Bottle shared thanks to Kermis. Hazy dark amber with some little things floating around. Lots of sweet malts, sugars, butterscotch, yeast, bitter herbs, maybe some light smoke, toffee, dried peach. Over medium sweet with alcoholic bitter finish. Full bodied, with low carbonation and the body just dissoves in your mouth. Weird beer, not too bad but a bit one dimensional.
Scotty001 (474) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of a barley wine with toffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, quite flat, flavour of the toffee, lightly fruity.
deanso (6979) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy off white head. very hazy amber pour. Sweet alcohol taste
bmerz (741) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (1500) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (13601) - 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.
The_Osprey (3875) - 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.
Leighton (14836) - 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.
djd07 (6507) - 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.