fidelis83 (1910) - 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 it’s contemporaries. That’s not to say it’s 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.
saintjulien (97) - - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hay, cereal, roasty, woody, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. 2013 vintage aged over a year. Thick burgundy brown-red body. Foamy off-white to beige head. Massive sweet unmistakable Barleywine aroma. Piny resinous hop covered malts. Molasses, sweet brown sugar, ever-present classic hop backbone. Exemplary example of a US Barleywine. Deep caramel brown chocolate touched malt massiveness. Yeasty and creamy. Just phenomenal.
Mittenator (1249) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Garnet with a beige head. Old hops and sweet candi. Smooth, sticky and astringent.
maekchu (1982) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at GJBF Osaka 2014. Super hoppy and caramelly nose; hops like pickaxes on the nostrils. A weathered copper color. Rich caramel initial, with alc. melting and carrying the hops right through the sinuses to the brain. Thick and very full-bodied. Suprisingly gentle, despite the flavor profile and alc level. Wow! A superb barley wine.
beertholomeus (701) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber brown with a white head. Malt, caramel, toffee, toast, oak and alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, toffee, toast, pine, alcohol, oak, and hop flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Very bitter with a caramel, oak and alcohol finish.
Torrefacto (516) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color caoba con espuma color marfil. Aromas de anís, hinojo, flores y ligero caramelo. Cuerpo denso con inicio dulce de anís, algo de caramelo y final muy seco. Muy rica.
maxwelldeux (3500) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a barley wine tasting. Pours a clear dark amber color. Nose has a lot of caramel coming off it and seems velvety smooth. Taste is similar, with some sweet caramel notes to it. Quite tasty and a great way to finish up the night.
antonstoop (166) - - JUN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,75L bottle. Pours copper with off-white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, caramel, hops, some alcohol and sourness in the background. Taste is sweet, caramel, pine, fruits, and malt. Finish is pine bitter with some alcohol burn. Overall: I really liked this one. The high rating is fully deserved.
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Garlic_of_Doom (443) - SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage.
Hazy amber with a small beige head.
Aroma has cookie dough, fudge/toffee/caramel and figs.
Taste has cookie dough, vanilla, raisins, peppery notes, slight bourbon notes, well balanced bitterness.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Short after taste.
Not convinced with Alesmith yet,
Josebeer (30) - SPAIN - MAY 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barley wine, botella de 75 cl, aroma con notas a caramelo y frutas. Cerveza dulce, afrutada, compleja. Impresionante !!!1