BlackHaddock (6347) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle at home on 4th July 2016. Really enjoyed this: wife didn’t like her sample, so had to drink the whole bottle myself. Mahogany coloured brew, off-white topping. Hops rule the roost here with an alcohol presence that adds to the flavouring nicely. Semi-sweet tropical fruitiness oozes through the more bitter hops and the malty base creeps into the mouth also. A beer I would gladly have again and again.
OminouSC2 (451) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a beast. A lot of hop and acidic alcohol to start off with. Then the Barley Wine starts to find its familiar place with the caramel, dried fruit and some oak notes. A bit unbalanced but I like it!
Torrefacto (1428) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caoba limpio y espuma marfil. Aromas cítricos, herbáceo, anís, acaramelado. Cuerpo denso sabor ligeramente cítrico y maltoso con final de amargor resinoso.
Percy0103 (634) - MEXICO - JUN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650ml. A cloudy dark amber beer with a small head. Aroma is of wood, spices, chestnuts and alcohol. Taste is bitter with faint carbonation and some astrigency. Heavy and with a strong floral alcoholic finish. Feels somewhat rusty, but it is very nice.
Sdaniel90 (915) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 65cl. Deep reddish with a creamy tan head with nice lacing. Hoppy barleywine aromas: floral hops, dried fruits, roasted caramel, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet, heavy bitter. Fiery roasted and hoppy character into a stinging bitter and alcohol finish. Complex and delicious.
tsd08460 (820) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine Gainesville
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus
Appearance: clear amber with a white head
Taste: heavy sweetness, very bitter,
Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter finish
puboflyons (3100) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The color of the pour is a lovely looking reddish-amber with a long lasting white head. It never really fades. The aroma is barley grain, sweet malts, tobacco, earth, and a fairly low booze profile. The body is full. The taste brings out those same sweet caramel malt and barley grain characters with a moderate dry finish. This one would be just as good a year or two from now.
wlajwl (5777) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma and flavor is malts, hops, fruit/citrus, slight earthy funk and a sour/tart/warming alcoholic finish.
AndySnow (6723) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, hops, alcohol, citrus, dried fruit.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, dried fruit, hops, malt, raisin, alcohol.
staticGen (5) - - APR 15, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into large snifter. Nice medium head with light with caramel tones. Light hazy appearance. Color is a reddish golden with a hue of apricot jam in the refracted light.
Now for the aroma. Initial fruity sweet notes of tropical pineapple and guava, but strong grapefruit and resinous scents of cedar in this beer. Hints of pepper, eucalyptus or mint in there and some bread and yeast.
This beer is full bodied and has significant mouth-feel with each sip. It’s plenty bitter, but is offset with with enough sweetness and a twinge of tart. It ends on a bitter note, having a long finish with lingering flavors of maltiness.
Unlike the last beer that I reviewed, this beer is an amazing balance of aromas, flavors and taste that make every sip an experience. Bitter plus sweet. Hoppiness plus maltiness. It’s a symphony where every instrument is in tune. The dry hopping and aroma of this beer is the most exceptional that I have experienced in a bottled beer - bar-none.
There is nothing unpleasant about this beer. I paid 7.50 for a 22 ounce bottle at 9.2% abv. You can’t buy a better beer at that price.