GlassBrass440 (219) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2015 Aged 2012 vintage. Opened 2/17/2015. I bought this bottle in 2012 while living in Rockford, Illinois. Shortly after, I moved to Atlanta, and the bottle came with me. Shortly after that, I moved to Chicago, and the bottle came with me. There it sat for 2 years, until I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand, where the bottle came with me. And now, to celebrate the successful arrival of my cellar, I open one of my most well traveled beers. Pours a cloudy dark amber with little head. What’s there is tan and clings well to the glass. Certainly oxidized aroma. Caramels, toffee, and port wine. Flavor is of raisins, plums, and sour cherries all baked in a crumble with caramel drizzle. Bitterness balances the sweetness nicely. The chewy texture and lingering bitterness help slow you from drinking it too quickly.
-------- 2011 bottle. Opened 4/2/2015. Aromas of molasses, salted caramels, and alcohol. No oxidation. Flavour opens with deep caramel richness and moves to taffy apples and raisins. Some light alcohol in the finish, but by no means strong. Full bodied and a lingering raisin finish. This one has held up significantly better than the 2012.
FunkyF (280) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB. Mörkt dimmigt brun med lite beige skum. Doft av karamell och choklad. Liknande smaker men också inslag av kaffe och humle.
Grumbo (767) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Norwich Tap House. Pours an amber/brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins, hop and fruit. Sweet with a touch of bitterness, soft carbonation. Dry and lightly bitter finish.
Lawger (201) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice mahogany-brown with a finger of light-khaki head. Very malty bouquet with a thick, grainy and sweetish aroma jumping out of the glass. Caramel, roasted almonds, porridge, semi-dark bread and syrup. The palate is full bodied and semi-sweet with nice roasted malt notes, an almost floral character midway and a medium length finish with low bitterness.
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Itzjerm (1578) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice thickness on the tongue. Nice head. Sweet and carmel with a light toffee burnt flavor. Head last and last. Thickness is what I would want. Overall a nice traditional barley wine. Like most anchor beers top notch.
Swaroga (1634) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very solid brew. Creamy with a great balance between malty and hoppy. Strikes with easy to drink, creamy and light body. Oranges and toffee are the main aromas. Still more complex then that with candied fruits like anana, figs, mango and banana. Very enjoyable only think that might put off is the cough syrup aftertaste.
patricks110 (1920) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great old school barley wine. Pours a ruby rouge with a burnished brown body with a thin, creamy off white head. A solid amount of carbonation in the body. The aroma is rich with tons of toffee and caramel malt notes as well as toasted bread and floral hop notes. A nice well balanced profile with lots of heavy malts and more reserved hop notes of light spice, citrus and perfume. A light hop bitterness with a moderate resinous finish. A moderate alcohol presence on the finish leaves a warmth that perfectly accommodates the thick, rich profile.
andrepintado (1789) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Lisbeer, Portugal. Color is dark copper. Head is super persistent, white and thin to medium. Taste is medium sweet. Nicely balanced taste. Aroma is malty, hoppy, wood, chocolate. I’m usually not into barley wines, but this proves me I’m possibly wrong.
bergstaden (1548) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with off white head - Good sweet malt aroma - Sweet malt body with dark fruits and some hints of fruity hops in the back with some hints of alcohol - Sweet malt finish - This was real good
Abrakarl (377) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly too bitter for me in the taste, but a nice aroma and nice looks on this beer. Never thought too much of this brewery but they were one of the first craft breweries exported into Sweden.