Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up at Knightly Spirits December 2009, I think. The 500mL bottle pours clear deep copper with no head. The moderate strength aroma offers up sweet sugary cherries and prunes as well as smokiness that takes on sort of a light peaty sense at the end of the draw and upon post whiff reflection. The taste is expectedly big with bold smooth sweetness where flavors like prunes, ripe cherries and dates seemed to be thinly covered by brown sugar. Toward midway some dry smoky pork and a bit of peat come to the surface taking this into the finish. It leaves a pleasing smooth smokiness, sweet slippery dark fruit esters and a faint sense of peat heading into the after taste. Yummy and interesting brew where the huge ABV is hardly noticed.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours clear chestnut with no head. Aroma is sweet, some port, some caramel, tea, sharply vinious, plant sap, cactus. Very low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is very elegant, caramel sweetness abound, slight smoke, peity, sugary and herbal. Delicious fat mouthfeel.
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Dave, thanks man! Pours a mostly clear dark copper color with no head, a slick oily body. A super sweet nose of syrup, berries, caramel, oxidation, some earthiness. A similar flavor of super sweetness with candies, caramel, huge heat, rich earthiness and berries. Not that much smoke but more earthiness from the tea. Very good. Decadent and beastly.
chrisv10 (14637) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2006 at 14%. Clear dark brown/amber with no head. Aroma is malt, smoke and caramel. Flavour is malt, caramel, smoke, meat, very sweet, toffee, vinous, flat and dark fruits.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from sprdv 7/3/11.
brown pour with no head or carbonation.
smells great.... vanilla, malt syrup, peaty earthiness, black tea, mild smoke, grass, honey and seaweed.
the flavor is a huge let down...it is unholy sweet, lacking any kind of balance and generally unpalatable. thick, cloying and harsh.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of dark dried fruit, smoke, leather, honey, tea and caramel. Dark hazy amber/maroon hue with no head. Flavor is very sweet. Palate is very full bodied and oily flat. Overall a very interesting barley wine but I’m not really digging the tea infusion and complete lack of carbonation. No desire to try again.
Cipressaia (53) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Se non fosse che all’Open Baladin te la servono su un bicchiere, blendando anche più bottiglie se necessario, sarebbe una delle birre che preferisco. Purtoppo la verità è che l’ho trovata spesso altalenante, soprattutto dovuta a un non corretto servizio e della temperatura di servizio troppo alta. Avere un fondo di bottiglia con qualche lievito sul bicchiere non fa mai piacere
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Lightly hazed amber with no head. Nose is honey, black tea, light smoke and maybe some kelp. Sticky, syrupy, no carb but a slight tang. Taste is honey, tea, hints of smoke but kind of simple; meadlike. Probably needs some age to develop some complexity. Either that or the tea notes have faded since bottling. Expensive but i’m tempted to score another.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall a wonderful barleywine! Loved the complexity of the aroma tempered by the sweetness of the flavor. Good stuff.
KnutAlbert (6626) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoky nose portlike aroma
Sweet complex flavour. Cognac-like
Sweet malt extract
Amazing with blue cheese