fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy caramel brown pour with a 2 finger, creamy khaki head that has great retention. Aroma is hug on toffee and caramel, sharp fruity esters and citrus hops, beyond that some nice toasty notes, bready yeast, molasses, licorice, fig, dark fruit and light sweet woody notes. Flavor is full of toffee, and toast up front, then some caramel/burnt sugar come in, then, nice raisiny dark fruit, earthy and citrusy hops, tree fruit, bread pudding and sweet, oily citrus notes to the finish. Creamy to oily feel on entry, chewy and creamy after that until the somewhat dry, ever so slightly astringent finish. Really good stuff, very smooth and inviting for such a full flavored, strong and young Barley Wine, the trade off is that it might not be as complex and interesting as some of itís contemporaries. Thatís not to say itís one dimensional, by any means, and it is quite delicious, it just lacks a little depth, though it makes up for it by just being really tasty.
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 (6530) - 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 (24) - 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 (1087) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - 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 (766) - 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 (901) - 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 (1132) - 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 (7905) - 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.