TimE (3297) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick bubbly white head, sweet malty nose with mild citrus flavors and cotton candy in the nose. Thick sweet malty mouth with brandy, cherries and chocolate, but the complexity still isnft quit what I expected. Sharp dry bitter finish with moderate hop resiness.
theisti (3270) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, 2006 Vintage, picked up in Japan and shared by hogfodder on 3/20/08. Pour is hazed cheddar orange fluffy white head. Aroma of lemony citrusy pine hop. Floral bouquet as well. Taste is softly citrusy with a nice malt backbone. Lots of sweet fruit from the middle through the finish. Hugely impressed by Baird. Really nice, thanks for sharing this one Rick.
asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[on tap at Popeye]
Nice balance of hops and aged, raisiny dried fruits. A strange, little scotch tape note in the aroma. Bright copper with some lace, but no top. Quite strong U.S. hops, that give that characteristic salty highly hopped feel, followed by apricot and caramel. Later on, cotton candy makes an appearance. Summed up by a bitter, nutty finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good sharp kick in the bollocks of a brew. 2009 real ale version. A heady nose of apricot and sweet fruits. Big ,burly taste on the palate and a nice warming finish. Well surprised by the quality of this one even though barley wines tend not to be my favourite.
shoulderbroken (2151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Watering Hole. Murky dark orange amber colour, not much head. Aroma is double ipa style, booziness and hops. Spicy malty too.
Taste is full on, sweet, boozy, bit caramel, touch of citrus. Quite weird, but alright. Seems more like a big iipa than a barley wine. Lots of booze, maybe too obvious, almost spirit-like in the finish. Not bad, but probably wont rush to have it again.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Tokyo Real Ale Festival 2008. Citric and crisp with some outstanding subtleties! Peaches, horseblanket, grainy malts, some dark-sugar and molasses. Strong and full-bodied but doesnt taste like the 9% claimed. Hazy-amber. I should note that I am told that this is much better on cash than on regular draft, but this one was the festival winner for me.
jonnyguns (1044) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark orange with very little head. Aromas of sugar and candied fruits like nectarine and some toffee. Taste of candied fruits, roasted malts with slight hints of citrus. Dry aftertaste. Good beer.
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Mortlach (981) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
27/07/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (bottle). Degustazione al Baird Beer Festival. Bellissimo color ambrato/arancia, con riflessi rubino, schiuma quasi assente e poco persistente, lievemente giallina. Al naso ha una intensità notevole, un bel caramello, decise note fruttate e luppolo a volontà. In bocca è dolciastra con un lunghissimo finale luppolato incredibilmente intenso e persistente. Si sente parecchio lalcol che dona una piacevole sensazione di "warming". Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione soft. Ottimo Barley Wine, molto americano, molto convincente.
biirusaikou (811) - - MAR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild caramel aroma, pear. Deep plum flavor, caramel malt, raisin, apple, creamy sweet finish. Pleasant smooth brew, quite flavorful with sweetness covering most of the alcohol.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Hashigo Zake. Pours orange amber, thin off white head. Big malty toffee aroma with orangey hops.
Syrupy toffee malt forms a huge base for a orange peel hop flavour to build on. A drying bitterness on the finish rids the mouth of enough sweetness to make you come back for another sip.
Just a really yum, moreish Barley Wine.