Ktwse (1234) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish amber with minimal tan head. Aroma of sweet cherry, figs, brown sugar, cask. Very sweet port flavor with light balancing bitterness, some butterscotch in there as well. Full bodied and creamy with low carbonation.
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ansalon (631) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is caramel, brandy, brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is caramel, honey, cognac.
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lusikka (4993) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours a ruby brown colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, bread, biscuit amd some tartness. Flavour is very sweet with caramel malts, bread, tart citrus, biscuit and alcohol. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel and a very sweet alcohol finish. Interesting.
tiong (2783) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013
Pours dark reddish with a tiny head. Aroma of tart notes, hints of wood, oak and malts. Taste is smooth, malty and wooden with hints of syrup, oak, cognac and vanilla. Finish is malty and warming with loads of wooden oak notes, hints of tartness. Nice, quite balanced and tasty barley wine.
rlgk (8464) - Skövde, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear amber/mahogany beer with a nice beige head. Fruity aroma, toffee, caramel, cognac, prunes, dades, vinous, floral notes, raisins, brown sugar. Malty prunes flavor, lots of warming alcohol, dades, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, cognac, woody notes, vinous. Huge bodied. Vinous caramel flavor, toffee, caramel and warming alcohol. Huge beer!
neepsntatties (1030) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Brouwer’s 2013 Hard Liver Fest. Colour...golden amber with a whisp of an off white head. Nose...teeming with dark fruits, esp dark cherries, Zante currants, dark raisins and Brooks prunes, as well as various fruity boiled sweets. Palate... a delicate froth starts the journey, then the bowl of tropical fruit rolls in with Turkish delight, light toffee, and the Cognac. The booze is subtle,which is remarkable as this barley wine is 17.3% abv! There’s a pause of oakiness but it does not overpower, nor does it fully interrupt the afore mentioned flavours. This barley wine is a singularly superb accomplishment and could easily become THE benchmark for barley wine!
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 2013. Really glad I got to try this one -- it was something else. Murky, muddy brown, with a tan head. Booze, caramel, some tart cherry, and gobs of brown sugar on the nose. Huge flavor that covers the 17% beautifully -- I really couldn’t believe the abv was that high. So much malt in here -- the flavor just explodes with dark fruits (overripe cherries), molasses, some seafoam candy, maybe a bit of cacao -- unreal that this much complexity came from a single malt. Huge, and very, very tasty -- I’m quite impressed!
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Alaska Beer And Barley Wine Fest 2013. Hazy light brown color with tan sheen. Big cognac, vanilla, raison, toffee aromas. smooth mouthfeel with soft co2. Rich dark raison flavors with toffee, cognac/brandy, vanilla, pit fruits----carbonated Angels Share--very good.
Gription79 (2005) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Humpy’s. This is the easiest drinking 17% beer that I have had. Burnt sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins in the finish. So damn good.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Humpy’s. Pours a very murky, rusty copper color with a tiny off white head. Aroma is almost all raisin and toffee, there is some light fruity esters and wood. Flavor is toffee/caramel, dark dried fruit mostly with some light bitterness and a very tame alcohol presence. Medium body with a mild, soft carbonation. Hard to believe this one is 17%, drinks like a 10% beer, really reminds me of smoother, cleaner, Tomas Hardy. I hope Gabe bottles this.