SaintMatty (6469) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle - Copper brown in colour. Toffee, dates, plums, syrup and some earthy notes in the aroma. The taste is moderately sweet with notes of toffee, daim, dates, prunes and apples. Not really tart to my tastes which was partly what I was expecting after it had aged a while.
Karstenborg (702) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, wood and malt. Taste is Apple, caramel and malt.
NBird (613) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks..murky, slick brow syrup, no head.
Smells..big caramel, boozy christmas cake, dark honey & some choc.
Tastes..sweet caramel, honey, a little liqueur/fortified wine like, boozy dried fruits and a little alcohol heat.
rederic (3250) - 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 (3680) - 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 (165) - - 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 (937) - 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 (15595) - 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 (6103) - 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.