fear025 (213) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Smells like a brandy, also smells like samichlaus. Lots of malty flavors, dates, raisins, plums. Hot alcohol.
Appearance:Dark burgundy in color. Lots of sediment floating around.
Taste:This is hugely sweet. Hazelnuts, raisins, dates, and maple syrup.
Palate:Hugely viscous and syrupy, very smooth.
Overall:This is a very unique beer, reminiscent of samichlaus and utopias, but smoother. It’s a quite delicious sipper.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Complex aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, plum, fig, slight alcohol, oxidation, slight spice, raisins, and Sherry. Poured very deep amber/orange/brown in color with no head at all. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisins, slight tobacco, honey, light wood, slight vanilla, caramel, fig,
Full body. Viscous, coating, syrupy texture is smooth and creamy. No carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, honey, raisin, fig, dark ripe fruit, slight wood, slight vanilla, slight tobacco, and caramel finish is coating and slightly sticky. 13.5%ABV is a bit noticeable in the aroma, but not thereafter.
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 A great and classy barley wine! No foam. Persistent aroma of wine. Powerful flavour of chestnut. Sweet end. Enjoy it. (bir&fud beerstore)
SHIG (3061) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with no head. Aroma is to die for, has boozy sherry mixed with aged dark fruits. I could have lived with smelling it all night. Taste was similar in the booze and dark fruits. Obviously the gold label is well earned in my mind!
Ungstrup (26267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - vintage 2005. A red amber beer with no head. The aroma has notes of oxidation, over ripe fruits, spices, and Sherry. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits, Sherry, and caramel sauce as well as medium notes of alcohol and light notes of spices, leading to a sweet finish where the notes of alcohol, caramel, and oxidation lasts for a long time. Thanks Mike for this treat for my birthday.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with no head. Strong vineous aroma with malt, dried fruit, port wine and a hint of cellar. Big and sweet barleywine flavour with malt and dried fruit. The most amazing finish and aftertaste of figs, brandy, port, creme brulee and caramel. Sweet but not cloying.
anders37 (12756) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with no head. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel aroma with hints of candy sugar. Sweetish malty caramel, chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel finish with hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste.
Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of fiulijn; 2006 vintage - clear amber-brown colour with absolutely no foam; whisky-like nose with notes of grapefruit and Madeira, some red fruits too; oily and with no carbonation, quite sticky and with some sweetness; finish of red fruits, alcohol, wood and Madeira
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012
2012-11-20, vintage 2009, shared at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 14% ABV, 5-4-6-3-11=29
Unrecognizable beer, with sweet flavor, but without the good and rich malt flavor that was expected; insted it has a vegetables note, mostly in the aroma.
2010-08-21, vintage 2006, 7-4-8-3-15=37
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Reddish amber color; flat. Nice malt aroma, fruity, with just a touch of oxidisation and alcohol. The flavor is extremely sweet, malty, very rich; there is just a light oxidisation, a mellow feeling, with a touch of sweet nuts, toffee and raisins; in the final there is some wood, Very pleasant, with medium complexity. The final is sweet, caramelly, quite short, but also corto (Spanish). It doesn’t reach the richness and complexity of the Silver and Copper.
2010-06-04, vintage 2007, RBESG 2010, bottle at Bir&Fud, Rome, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Dark copper-amber color, hazy and flat. Mellow malt and caramel aroma, sherry. Sweet malt flavor, rich, with light oxidization, resins. No bitterness. Excellent.
harrisoni (10938) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Nate at the Imperial Geezer tasting, Borough Market. Hot barley wine. Sticky sweet. Bit too sweet for me. Nuttty. Bit too sweet and uncultured. Good though, just not as good as the Fume.