Holmen2 (623) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby amber with persistent off-white head. Sweetish aroma and taste of American hops and bittersweet orange marmelade. Some chocolate. Round and bitter mouthfeel.
tandembrauer (54) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cardinal, 2014/03/24. Bitter and sweet with some fruit and raisin. Well balanced. Nice reddish amber colour. Tastes "darker" than it looks.
abemorsten (2591) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours a misty orange body with a creamy light brown head leaving good lacing. Malts, caramel and tropical fruits with pollen on the nose. Salty malty alcoholic potion with a mellow botterness. Full bodied and smooth.
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The lack of carbonation and head on this works perfectly towards the appearance, which ends up looking like brandy in the glass. Aroma is complex with caramel, tart fruit, pine, floral, and grass. Taste is sweet at first, before getting more aggressively bitter. Very nice. One of the best barleywines I’ve had yet.
tdoyledesign (167) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from 22oz bomber. Pours a robust amber hue with a thick white head that really lasts. Aroma is stupendous! Lots of caramel, malt and molasses aroma. Taste is sweet and smooth. Caramel, soft roasted malts, sugar and a hint of hops. Palate is buttery and the mouthfeel is awesome. You can taste some of the ABV coming through, but not as bad as some barleywines can be. I usually have a love/hate relationship with barleywines, but this one is at or near the top. So well balanced!
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours clear ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is toasted toffee malt, some sugary fruit and strong alcohol.
The flavor is sweet toffee malts with some fruit and a harsh ashy alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, OK barleywine, but too much over the top alcohol.
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Amazing aroma - and the taste is just as good. Very nicely done with fermenting this out, minimal syrup for a 11% barley wine. Sweetness is kept in check and well balanced with the hops. Striking dark cherry color when held to the light. I let this one sit, and forgot about it, well blowing by their age for up to 24 months guideline, but I think it worked out. Serious (though still super loose) sediment layer on the bottom of the bottle AlesSmith delivers, again!
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red in color with an inch of poofy white head. Aroma of sweet toffee and fruitcake. Taste is the same, and rich, with strong bittering and mellow tangerines notes. $11/750
HoppyBudgie (628) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red/brown with a large, fluffy, off white top. Aroma is toasty, caramel and fruits. Taste is hoppy, toasted, some spice.
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another beer I managed to get my hands on and have a decent sized sample of during the Belgian Beer Board website Pre-Brugge Beer Festival bottle swap on 31st Jan 2014. Thank you whoever brought it.
My second ever Alesmith, I hope to meet some more one day.
Misty reddy brown with a light beige topping.
Dark fruits and caramel hit the nose initially, then more subtle notes arrive: light citrus hints and yeast esters mingle with the stronger said fruits and caramel malty molasses.
The taste is very similar to what your nose has told you: semi-sweet caramel, dark fruits with an underlying yeastiness with a citrus trace or two. Most enjoyable.
Rich and deep body with the alcohol just about kept in check.
Overall a very good brew and one I’d happily have again: maybe a bottle to myself next time.