Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This gnarly barley wine is super sweet and chewy. Malty and fruity, with well hidden alcohol and good flavor intensity. Notes of spiced apple, raisin and hard candy. This is badass liquid nectar in a brown bottle. Thanks to Mike T for the bottle!
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to Oakedcanuck for the beer
330 Ml bottle 2010 vintage
Dark mahogany color, light tan head that falls to a collar. Thick ABV legs.
Dried fruit nose. Brown sugar, apricot, peach, and cardboard smell. Big malt presence. Hides ABV well.
Slights notes of oxidation but a lot of dried stone fruits and malt. Big full on beer. Very dry nose.
Taste and feel are the same. Big and dry. Lots of dry malts and stone fruits. Slight notes of oxidation but a strong, strong barleywine either way.
JesseMartineau (52) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy Amber. 2011 brew. Unique nose, dried apricot, candied apple. This is an incredible beer, high bitter but the malt balances it out.
pepsican (1419) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Forgotten rot box "treasure" found @ moms house. Pours cloudy amber with a bunch of floaties. Aroma of raisins, cardboard, and wet dog. Flavor does not disappoint. Very sweet, and just old. Falls flat on its face in the finish even though it is plenty carbonated. Not the chips.
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (341 ml) 2011. Extra from kbudd19, thanks! Clear dark copper with a small quickly disappearing off-white head and no lacing. Aroma is of toffee, dark fruits, brown sugar and light alcohol. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with toffee, dark fruits, alcohol, brown sugar and light pine. Light alcohol warming. Full body. Low to medium carbonation. Exactly what a Barley Wine is supposed to be. Rich and complex. Maybe a tad too sweet.
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2011. Mahogany with some sediment and a bit of biege head that disappears. Some plum, alcohol with a small hint of nail polish, vanilla, toffee, well blended, smooth, chewy bread malts. Mild carbonation, moderate+ body, sweet with a bit of a hoppy hit, still a little boozy after 2 years but I like the kick and bit of spice that it provides. Very tasty.
robdoerk (5) - Okotoks, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper liquid, with a small orange-copper head that persisted longer than I expected for a 10% ABV beer. The aroma was more malt than hops; predominantly caramel. The flavour was also more malty than hoppy, with caramel again being the predominant flavour. Alcohol warmth was very smooth; not at all harsh or hot. Hop bitterness was very prevalent and lingered pleasantly long after the flavour had gone. Mouthfeel was moderately full-bodied. This was a very smooth and drinkable Barley Wine.
andrewturba (920) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 2011 10.3 abv. Pours a clear dark copper/ligt brown with little white head. Aromas of intense rich maltiness, sweet caramel, dark dried fruits, mild alcohol, light earthy hops. Flavours of caramel, rich malty sweetness, dark dried fruits, alcohol and a light bitterness. Fantastic barley wine.
Reimer96 (1064) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 2011 edition. Pours a clear reddish copper with a small head and some lace. Aroma is caramel, Vanilla, cinnamon and a faint bit of wood. Taste is sweet caramel with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla with a smooth bitterness on the end. Excellent barley wine. This beer ages so well and just keeps getting better... Looses some hop bitterness but still so complex and smooth.
garth_86 (223) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is malt, slight spice, bread. Taste is similar. Very thick beer.
Scopey (5526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle at 10.3%, from Kensington Wine Market. It pours deep mahogany brown, with a thin yellow-white head. The nose is toffee, wood, varnish, raisin, caramel, spice, cinnamon bun and umami notes. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, spice, toffee, cinnamon bun, over-ripe fruit and booze, with a dry finish. Medium-full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Well balanced. A solid barley wine.