fidelis83 (2003) - 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.
flemmingwillum (1036) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1036, flaske fra Kihoskh
En teaktræsfarvet øl med luftigt skum. Duften har masser af overmodne bær og efterårsskovbund. Smagen indeholder ligeledes en del overmodne bær og frugter, der iblandt tydelig mandarin, men også ost, rosiner, vanille og grannåle. Eftersmagen er forholdvis bitter, men også ret alkoholisk - for alkoholisk, faktisk. Øllen balancerer ikke alkohol og sødme så godt som en del andre barley wines. Medium tykkelse og tyngde, med en smule for meget kulsyre til denne øltype. Alt i alt en ganske fin øl, men jeg havde forventet mere - og specielt en bedre balance - af en så velrenommeret øl.
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 (357) - 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 (1979) - 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 (1156) - 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 (1745) - 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 (629) - 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.