superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was purchased in late 2011. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Light soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, orange zest, floral, brown sugar, pine, molasses, toast, orange rind, brown bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, orange zest, apple, toast, floral, pine, orange rind, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, orange zest, orange rind, light fruits, toast, light chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, floral, pine, light roast, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of deep malt and hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance, and hardly any cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied with a creamy, slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic well aged barleywine. Fantastic complexity and balance of deep malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
MayumiH (379) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Full rich flavour with a nice hop presence. Caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, cinnamon.. sugar and spice, all things nice. Tastes more sweet than bitter. full body. Thoroughly enjoyed.
aenima (311) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fantastic aroma of malt and hops. The taste is however dominated in a bad way by burnt caramel. Medium sweet finish.
Stuu666 (6489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is malty toffee, little meaty, taste is dry, light smoke toffee, sweet. Was expecting a bit more tbh.
23Skidoo (23) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is what I call a barleywine! A masterpiece.Everything it says on the label and more. Astonishingly well-balanced. Extremely well hidden alcohol. Hops are aggressive, but do not take the center stage - this is a malt-forward beer. Leather, tobacco, autumn leaves, dried fruits, burnt caramel. Viscous, oily, almost syrupy body. Strong bitter finish counterbalances malt sweetness. Note: my bottle is ~1.5 years old (bottled Feb 2014).
SinH4 (1081) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Taster at the brewery. Amber color with fine beige ring. American hops in the aroma, plus caramel and berries. Taste is malty, not too sweet, candied sugar, dried fruit, oranges, tangerines, a bit booze, but stays balanced. Smooth mouthfeel. Not what you?d expect from a Barleywine, Alesmith takes balance to a whole new level.
Mjp12 (765) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A supremely drinkable barley wine, with major hop influence, that cuts through the sweet malt notes. Very good .
angelkostvo (897) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper colour, beige head, very intense aroma of toffee, caramel and hops. Taste is medium sweet, full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Very intense taste.
ICEatALAMO (1131) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is a nice amber color. The aroma is mostly toffee, plums, and dark fruits. The taste is big on toffee, great american barleywine.
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Borup (7879) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tab at CBC 2015. Clear orange colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dried fruit, alcohol, malt, caramel. hops and pine.
Joakgust (1115) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy red amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, citrus, peaches, oranges, herbs, vanilla and licorice. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, oranges, apricot, herbs, vanilla and licorice. Well balanced.