eduardovl (968) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark amber (almost chestnut) cloudy liquid forming a medium creamy, thin bubbled beige head. Medium retention and a lot of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass
S: Delicious combination of caramel and sweet malts. Strong notes of wood and dark fruits. Citrus hops. Notes of orange, brown sugar and nuts. A bit booze in the end
T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and dark dry fruits. Notes of oak, brown sugar and orange. Citrus hops. Good bitterness kick in the end. In overall, a mild sweet beer with a light but significant bitter end. Balanced
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet malty aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. AleSmith quality. One of the best Barleywines I’ve ever had. Very tasty but not extremely sweet. Molasses but balanced. Recommended
[ BA Review @ 2/14/2014 ]
crazy_cat_lady (142) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sept. 9, 2014. Bottle from SF. Warm reddish brown with big light brown head. Aromas of bread, sweet honey, malts, caramel. Touch of hop bitterness, ilngering but still nice. Toasted almonds, toffee flavours. Finding I’m not super impressed with AleSmith beers so far.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby/brown pour with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, a d some residual hops. Flavor is nice balance of malty sweetness with the hops peeking through in the finish. This was a 2013 bottle and it was tasty. Another year or two would’ve probably been ideal for this. Still, very respectable.
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage bought in Jan 2013. Pours deep red, totally clear, lightly sparkling, big foamy off-white head endures and leaves thin lacing. Aroma is toffee, rosewater, rhubarb tart, some orange. Body is medium, slightly foamy, rich, low carbonation. Taste is smooth malt, toffee, plum, hoppy without being astringent, slightly alcoholic but not showing all 11%. Very nice.
tonyte123 (7) - - SEP 30, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fall weather is here and cracked this after not having one all summer. Forgot how good this beer is. Great color, slight head and fruity aroma. The 11% abv is hidden quite nicely in the long finish. Overall, very solid beer for the price.
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Hermod (3459) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Found no bbe on the bottle. Bought 2013. Mahogany colored, thick creamy lasting off white head. Very musty stuff, raisins, caramel, biscuits, hops, bread in aroma. Awesome. Soaked plums, hops, sweetness, malty Bready flavors. Long, long finish, layers of flavor here. Love it.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 18, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful fruity estrers. Nice earthy hops. Great balance of the two. The flavor is unreal and thick and plummy. Has a hop presence but the malts came through the most. Such a nice finish that lasted for ever. A+++
onceblind (4623) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Semi hazy semi clear dark amber under a foamy light beige head. Amazing aroma of sweet plums and toast and dark stone fruits. Sweet and sticky bitter flavor of dark earthy toffee and toast, some dark stone fruit, estery alcohol notes, and bitter grassy notes and a little caramel. Really complex and tasty.
fletchfighters (1136) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ML bottle
Dark amber pour, off tan head. Good body to head and great lacing to this.
Nose is sticky sweet strawberry, caramel, dark fruits with some hop bitterness. Subtle booze.
Dark fruit jam with pine, grapefruit, and caramel taste. Low carbonation and full, yet sticky body.
Not many straight barleywines are better than this. Sublime with age.
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml $12): About 6 months old. Pours brownish amber with large tan head that sticks around a while. Smells sweet, Carmel. Tastes sweet with alcohol warming. Pretty fill body. Quite a nice brew.