Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. [Mafioso testing @ yespr, thanks buddy] Average creamy beige head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Black color. Aroma of lovely sweet roasted malt, underlying caramel, some fruity notes with prunes like feel. Hint of chocolate and brown sugar. Over the palate came bitter roasted malt, mild coffee like feel as well. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor and light bitter. Roasted malty lingering finish. 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 15 = 3.5
joergen (26170) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #15 at yesprs mafioso blind tasting.
Cloudy red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and vanilla with notes of coffee.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, coffee and hops.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly surprised to see so many lower ratings on this beauty. The rich blend of flavors is truly a treat for the palate inside the creative opaque blue bottle. Lots of spice, thick sweet plummy malts, and all the while a wine like sensation is complimenting everything that is the brew. Creamy and thick body. Almost hard to pick out the barleywine at points. Well done gentleman.
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, soft foiled, just like a wine, and capped, not at all like a wine. Thanks for sharing this, Skoi! This was a treat. Pours with some reddish/purple violet notes; fills the glass a more traditional mahogany. Huge surging fizzy/moussy tan head that settles almost immediately to a slim rim. The wine grapes show a bit on the nose, along with some malt sugar. The body’s not at all sharp, and not heavy, either--a nice medium-bodied bw. The grapes lend some nice tartness and acidity to the body of the beer, but it’s all very harmonious and restrained. The base bw itself is also very subdued and well placed. This isn’t an all the time beer, but it has a lot to love, and the grapes are amazingly well coordinated.
jrt (62) - USA - APR 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is much like a port wine. Deep almost purple brown beer with a dense dense dense frothy head. Tastes like a porter in the beginning: big, roasted, nutty, and dry. BUT THEN! The taste transformed into a lush, vinous confluence of fruit jams, much more complex than the plum flavors that typically accompany a porter. Yes, very vinous and warm. A super-satiny mouthfeel., probably the defining characteristic. Alcohol was noticeable in the taste, but it was not problematic. Even though the flavor was addictive, something about the density of the beer made it hard to drink a 750 by myself. I managed, though.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BBB63 for bringing this down! Malty, molasses, alcohol, and dark fruit on the nose. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smooth and malty, with caramel notes and hints of a peppery spice. Very nice beer!
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Hazy, very dark ale with a burnt orange color around the edges of the glass. Mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Good retention. The nutty nose also embraces notes of vanilla, chocolate and black tea... odd for the style. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nutty chocolate and cola flavors. The high ABV is simply not perceptible. The finish is nutty, chocolaty and more bitter than sweet. Strange for a barley wine, but I’m no believer in style points (unless judging a contest)... thumbs up for this one.
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Name: Barley BB10
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: dark ruby red, wispy beige head,
Aroma: light dry fruity aroma with an earthy character,
Flavor: rich malt flavor with a light earthy character, touch of dark chocolate for balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a wonderful beer with coffee and toffee. Some mild fruits in the mix and a low amount of hops that doesnt distracts. Its a fine beer.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is toasty with spices, yeast, coffee, and chocolate. The appearance is cloudy brow with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I like it but I don’t taste any grapes.