kryon (1488) - SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red amber low head
Aromas of butterscotchy maltyness
Nice and perfect palate. Creamy, sweet lowly bitter. Great!
GothGargoyle (1468) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share @ Borefts. Light brown with virtually no head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, fig, brown sugar. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long dried fruit finish. Taste is raisins, caramel, honey, dates.
thorongil2 (1410) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap) cloudy brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of stewed fruit, brown sugar; rich, fruity flavour; thick palate
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy mahogany, minimal brown head
Smell big oaky fruity, chewy caramel, red fruit
Taste smooth, creamy toffee, oak, vanilla, fudge, light burn on the tail, grapefruit finish
McNeillR (1391) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest brown, opaque and murky with a heavy small ringed tan head. Big fresh wholemeal soaked in booze. Rich, scraping the mixing bowl treacley sweet. Dessert wine edge with a roasty malt burn. Very sticky. Finishes sweet and cumbersome brandy buzz. For a barely wine it’s rich with the same burn you’d expect.
Bottle, Fancy Al Fresco Tasting, Cheers BenH
trevor211 (1356) - 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!
RasmusOtt (1289) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of sweet cognac, big syrupy notes, dark sweet ripe fruits, vanilla, sweets and a little bit of wood. Just big and sweet monster barley wine aroma. Taste of syrup, sweet ripe fruits, some dates, vanilla, molasses, sweet cognac and some "kongen af Danmark" sweets. Really big and slick Barley wine. This is good!
gEUS (1283) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottle shared by Mike Morse at BBF’14 - thank you man for this real treat. My second aha-erlebnis when it comes to American barleywines; the first one was with the Midnight Sun’s M. This is one of the most balanced barley wines and barrel aged beers from the U.S.: an agreeable nose, full of raisins and sweet wine alike notes such as stewed peach and almond, besides a ton load of peach. Body is creamy and the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet sticky rich flavours of raisins and caramel and malt.
neepsntatties (1271) - 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!
pentaz (1244) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC 2013. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head.
Aroma is very sweet with toffee, caramel, raisin, toasted malt, dried fruit, nuts, prune and cognac. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium+, texture is sticky, carbonation is soft. Finishes warming but without bite. Quite enjoyable.