rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle, batch 159, hazy brown-ruby hue, with no head. Sweet mild port wine liquor, corky red wine, subtle whisky, faint prune juice nose, with some faint port wine tannin, woody, candied black cherry, fruitcake, dark dried fruit, raisin pie, mild brandyish oak barrel, faint prune sauce accents, and a subtle brown chocolate, toasted, caramel, bread, roasted malt, light toffee note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth syrupy liquorish port wine, prune juice, brandyish, dark dried fruit, raisiny, woody, sweet corky port wine tannin, raisin pie, faint oak barrel, phenolic boozy character, with some fruitcake, subtle chocolate, candied orange blood peel, faint toffee, caramel, toasted, bread, roasted malty flavours, leading towards a warming prune juice, port wine tannin, raisiny, brandy liquorish finish.
Kavu (2820) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,375l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours clear dark brown with a nonexistent head. Aroma is malts, caramel and hops. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and some hops. Pretty nice.
ktingleff (158) - - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful port-oak-aged barley wine. Chocolate notes. Vanilla. Ripe fruits.
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StoutHead (848) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #159. Opened today. Pours a murky red color with absolutely NO head. No carbonation. Sweet aroma of fruits, malt and raisins. Taste is very fruity - raisins, banana, grapes, caramel, sugar and of course malt. Very vinous and sweet with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. The port barrelling comes through very clearly. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter. Body is less than full but above medium.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog. This wasn’t my cup of tea, too sweet and strong in alcohol. Nice experiment though.
Koelschtrinker (12459) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hell würziger, dezent alkoholischer Antrunk. Dezente helle Kräuternoten, , rund, für einen Barley Wine erstaunlich rund und vor allem nicht wie sonst oft süß und schwer. Geringe, für einen Barley Wine aber erwähnenswerte Hopfigkeit. Vanille, mild herb. Sehr gut! 11/13/12/13/12/12
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A boring lifeless syrupy sipper.
How: Bottle 330ml, corked & caged, consumed with some age on it but more more than 6 years before expiration date.
The look: Cloudy dirty-bronze body with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is alcohol fumes, old wood barrels soaked by some kind of hard-liquor, cardboard, overripe fruits. In mouth the beer feels pretty lifeless, syrupy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Sweet jam made with overripe red fruits, caramel, cardboard, sherry, old wood, port wine, alcohol heat. Consumed 6.5 years before expiration date but my bottle showed signs of oxidation and quite a bit of maderisation. Not offensive per say, strangely this 12% wasn’t even aggressive enough to be offensive, it was just very boring. Pretty sad to think it took centuries of wars and genocides so we can arrive at a point where I can spend my days typing on a keyboard in a cubicle to acquire currency that I then exchange for a beer like this.
SlackerMads (2062) - DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle batch 159, best before 02-2020, thanks Papsø. Clear chestnut brown with a small off white head that quickly vanishes leaving just a rim of foam. Caramel, dark dried fruits, port wine, light wood, brown sugar, light cocoa. Medium body, medium sweet and bitter, near flat carbonation, a bit thin oily texture. Pretty soft with no alcohol showing. Light sweet finish with lingering oxidized notes. Very pleasant barley wine that is quite drinkable as it doesn’t feel big or boozy.
Countbeer (5263) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks Papsø: Batch 159: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Dark orange pour. Smaller sized, sparkling and lively and fairly quick disappearing off white to light beige foamy head on top of a hazy almost brown colored beer.
Aroma is a strange mix: there’s rotten wood, old plums with dust and iron, some raisin, oat, alcohol, some berries, leather, light vinous notes, earth, tabacco, hint of vanilla, toffee and some plums.
Flavours of old wet darker wood, malts, dust, earth, some port, alcohol, malts, porridge, some berries, bourbon, vanilla, hint of wet cellar, liquorice wood, some toast, hay and cream.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, malts, wood, porridge, liquorice wood, warmth, alcohol, honey, earth and light spicy liquor notes.
Low carbo, spicy yet soft mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Rotten wood dominates, unbalance it, but there’s also some bice things to discover. Strange beer, did not expect this!
jredmond (6153) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a deep, dark mahogany body with dark brown head and minor lacing. Aroma is vanilla and rich caramel candy, dark fruit, light sweet chocolate, oak and booze. Mouthfeel is medium to full with rich notes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel syrup, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, molasses and booze. This and the pale ale were the stand outs for me.