Sask89 (388) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark amber colour, murky with a frothy/creamy tan head. Aroma is heavy in caramel and toffee with a little candied sugar and floral hop scents too. Taste is sweet for the most part but is book ended by strong bitter kicks. Full bodied, creamy mouth feel, and lively carbonation. Overall an exceptional ale and really great barleywine.
Beerhammaren (744) - FINLAND - AUG 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
.75l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours clear amber with medium tan head. Aroma is nuts, dark fruits, malts, alcohol and raisin. Flavor is alcohol, malts, fruits, raisin and nuts. Some caramel. Swell!
danlo (671) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pt 9.4 fl oz (750ml) bottle. Clear bright coppery amber colour, foamy biege head that retains and aroma of caramel, orange, pine fruity hop. Taste is sweet malt caramel with floral orange, nutty woody pine and a spicey hop bitterness. Oily mouth feel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, warming dry lingering bitter finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
BitchPls (350) - FINLAND - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, copper beer with a foamy beige head. Huge caramel and sweet, orange fruits on the nose. Full body. Soft and smooth. A hint of carbonation. Caramel sweetness fills your mouth. Some sourness and alcohol warmth. Medium bitterness. Quite a balanced and solid barley wine. Very, very good.
Beardaxe (126) - - AUG 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh boy. A big, swagger filled barleywine. It hits you with the caramel malts, the bitter hops that lurk in the background (it never feels hoppy) to keep everything in check. It's a great BW, mainly because it clocks in at 11% but never feels so. It's strong and tasty. A barleywine on turbo.
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wyzzywyz22 (1743) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Brew Dog Shop. Good lookin’ dark amber pour with a restrained off white-head. Sweet malts and fruits in the nose, alongside some hoppage and wood notes. Cracking balance in the flavour. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with the booze skillfully smothered. Slipped down an absolute treat and drank nowhere near its strength. Stonking stuff.
beerbaaron (677) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautiful ruby reddish amber. Large creamy off-white head, lasting with lace. Aroma is bursting with smooth balanced hops and malt. Caramel, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor much the same. Smooth bitterness. Amazingly balanced. So smooth. Medium to full body. Soft and creamy, partly oily, alcohol never gets beyond the shadows. Smooth bitterness. Roasty, semi-sweet, with lingering bitterness on the finish. Just about perfect. Very impressive, I really enjoyed this.
MarinEvelyn (311) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma-fruit, malty, a little caramel.
Very strong, bold, smooth flavor. Roasty, slight alcohol, finish. Malt, caramel, a little fruity-grapefruit. Similar to the aroma but bolder.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is oddly clear copper with off-white head. Hops shine through on the nose, lots of caramel malts, dark fruits. Really solid pine, nice lacing. Well-balanced, slightly boozy.
Bacterial (832) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by The Hoff - thanks! Hazy orangish amber pour with a white head and white lacing. Hoppy and malty nose. Nice balance in the taste - a fun barley wine. Would love to try the barrel aged version.