Beer5000 (5644) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Haand 2013. Hazy reddish orange with a tan head. Aroma is vinous alcoholic with dry fruit and caramel malt. Flavor is sweet, fruit and berries, sweet malt and alcohol in the range of port vine or sherry. Full body and almost sticky sweet aftertaste with warming alcohol. A bit too sweet and boozy, but somehow quite pleasant in smaller amounts.
DutchDrebus (5419) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Amber to copper colour with a small white head. Smells iron, very sweet, malts, herbs. Tastes awefully sweet, raisins. Horrible. Full body, low carbo.
jfb (5256) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught) pours a hazy deep copper colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of cactus juice, plums, light brown sugar and vanilla, with a hint of roasted malts, banana and bubble gum. flavour is mostly caramel, raisins, roasted malts and burnt toffee, with a hint of alcohol. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
ClubGonzo (5088) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Haand Festival 2013. Deep amber-brown body, small off-white head. Aroma is slightly sour oak, caramel tones, vinous raisin notes and hints of gooseberries. Taste is tart vinous notes up front, then sweet caramel, burnt sugar and hints of wood, toffee and red berries. Warming alcohol. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice barley wine.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from tap@Haand Fest 2013. Deep orangey amber body. Low sand-colored head. Sourish vinous aroma with notes of dark dried fruits, currants and tart cherries. Medium to full body. Oily on the palate. Taste is nicely balanced dry/sweet, vinous and fruity. Alcohol warmth in lasting complex finish. Highly drinkable.
Martinus (4350) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, apple and white wine. Sweet flavour, raisins and malts. Sweet finish, apple, raisins and sweet white wine. Decent brew.
(From 50cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, joes!)
Alengrin (4077) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barley wine matured on Malaga Moscatel barrels, with creamy, yellowish white, surprisingly stable head and hazy bronze colour. Utmost complex aroma with so many things going on: chocolate, grapes, kahlua, sage, oak, caramel, bitter honey, candi syrup, banana liqueur, cake, with everything in perfect balance. Fruity and citrussy onset, dryish with slick, vinous mouthfeel, caramel and honey, deeply malty, aromatic spicy hops in the finish with a woody accent and very agreeable, cognac-like warming alcohol. Complexity is one thing, managing to get all those flavours blend with each other is another. Alvinne succeeded in doing just that, so that I have no other choice but to rank this among the best barley wines I ever tasted. And I love barley wines, so...
MrHangover (3717) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of Benzai, @ Dean sticky floor tasting 2. Aroma is dark ripe fruits, malts and caramel. Flavour is medium sweet with a fruity touch. Quite good, well balanced. Nice brew. .
Habanero (3698) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours clear mahagony with a small off-white head. Aroma of ripe dried fruit, caramel, grapes spicy notes and wood amoung with a hint of vanilla. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol too. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft to average carbonation. An excellent Barley.
bartlebier (3189) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(backlog ZBF 04/2013) from the DSB/Alv. tap train. An amber sour clocking in at 13%, a worthy closer for Day1. Morbidly sweet plum and rotten peach made interesting by a suave velvet yeast, producing gorgeous rich lateral esters and practically no burn whatsoever. Impressive taste implosion in a category not quite my style.