sudomorph (707) - Barrie, Ontario, - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Pours an orange/ruby with a one finger, off-white head that thins to a film. Nice lacing.Aroma has big notes of tropical fruits, alcohol, slight bread, and caramel.Taste is a balanced malty/bitter with a touch of fruity malt with a solild bitter aftertaste. Medium body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly slick and syrupy with a solid amount of bubbles.Overall very nice. Solid aroma, taste, and texture.
Marstonlad (468) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. Pours reddish mahogany with a little head. The aroma is very intense; ripe fruits, fudge, nuts, caramel and toasty, sweet maltiness provide a rich mix. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, yet perfectly balanced as hoppy bitterness rises in the finish to a prominent level. Caramel, ripe fruits and toffee dominate but leave room for hoppier notes as well. The palate is full bodied, sticky and fairly flat. Great ale all in all.
hohops (353) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is amber/ orangey, fairly opaque, a one finger beige bubbly head, leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is malty, boozy, hint of chocolate malt, orange peel, fruity, biscuity, caramel, toffee, Christmas pudding hints, smells big. Taste- bitter fruits, orange peel, some raisin, hop resins, cinnamon and ’winter spice’, peppery, caramel, some honey, lengthy finish with plenty of booze at the end, but the alcohol is quite understated for 11%. Nicely carbonated, a bit oily in the mouth. An earthy nutiness emerges as it warms. Excellent stuff.
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear light amber pour with an off white head. Hops and sweet caramel malt aromas. Just another hoppy barleywine. Good body and mouthfeel.
wvhoran (366) - Tasmania, - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Bug, Poet, John and Sanj. Dark amber colour with no real head to speak of. Big toffee and caramel aroma with ripe fruit notes. Strong body with dense caramel flavour, fruits, alcohol. Not that complex but delicious.
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at their tasting room. Pours a dark Amber with one finger of creamy off white head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is some citrus grapefruit lots of sweet malt and caramel. Raisins. Very sweet. Nice beer.
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AndyW68 (1155) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper with white head. Aroma is medicine and sweet dark fruit. Taste is raisin and candied plum.
Thewade (328) - USA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent barley wine. Sweet, but not overpowering. Well balanced and easy to drink. Top 3 barley wine for me.
NikkTwist (1744) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Hazy medium copper pour with a slight fizzy white head. Strong, heady, fruity Barleywine. Red fruits and berries. Plums and raspberries. Figs and kiwi. Dark sour cherries. Medium caramel. Raisins and pecans. ABV is not well hidden. Huge and numbing fuzzy brew. Unabashedly harsh!
arnold931 (625) - Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with off white head. Nose and taste is strong hops and grain. Dry aftertaste.
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden amber hue with a soft off-white head with ample lacing. The nose features sweet berries, some caramel malt and a hint of alcohol. This barley wine is the real deal. A nice rich texture features a solid soft roasted malt backbone, caramel richness with rich berry sweetness, cherries, nuts and a slight booziness, balanced out by an orange tinged hoppiness. Is there a more balanced, complex and rich barley wine on the market? Mmmmmmmm.