saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Faibar. Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is dark hazy amber. Aroma and taste are spices, fruits, caramel, mwlt, alcohol and hops.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolatey, toasty aroma. Similar flavor, with a bit of alcohol and slight bitterness.
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle is hazy red with white head, aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, hints of earth, bread, touch of grain, hints of spice dark fruit. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, toffee, slightly watery, finishing spicy, dark fruit, finishing sweet. Decent.
fletchfighters (1097) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A-- Poured a dark, murky orange brown color. Half finger of off white head that faded to a nice looking layer of film and collar. Some big bubbles in the collar. Not a lot of head retention. Nice, thin layer of ringed lacing.
S-- Strawberry and plumb jam with winter spices. Nice nose but quite soft and have to dig for it. No hops in the nose at all but the alcohol is well hidden.
T-- Bitter clove, cinnamon, jam and bread. Odd taste as a mix of harsh and medicinal. A little thin and Alcohol is very there in the taste.
M-- Low carbonation and medium light bodied. Some light pine in middle of palate. lacks the thickness, or is it stickiness that a barleywine would have. Kind of flat and lifeless really.
O-- Good idea but just really lacks a lot of the key things that makes a barleywine a barleywine. Too thin and medicinal at times.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy darkish amber pour wearing a fine off-white froth. Dark and rather complex sugars come off this heady, potent ale which unveils pleasantly fruity esters (strawberry, pear) and agreeably toasted malts. The toasted malts pretty much dominate the flavour profile, reminding of french toast, caramel, milk chocolate and cookies. For an 11% brew, the alcohol is certainly never overpowering. It provides a comfortable warmth, and one that fits the malty flavours nicely. Hops remain subtle, just a tad earthy, especially in this bottle which has seen more than a few moons. It makes the finish appear on the sweet side, the alcohol enhancing that impression, but the relatively lively carbonation decreasing it gently. Those bubbles do manage to thin out the thickness impression effectively, but then again cut through the richness as well. All in all, a pleasant sipper, but not profound enough to be contemplative.
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Bottle at Dans. Poured a hazy caramel with an off-white head. Smell is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and light grapefruit. Taste is malty, some caramel, alcohol, and a citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and good lacing. Overall, this is a decent barleywine, but more on the American spectrum for me. Also, the alcohol is very present. Not bad.
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of notalush. Thanks a bunch! Reddish maroon appearance with a small, off white head. Kind of a woody, dark fruity, a bit tangy, caramel aroma. Tangy, dark berry, caramel, a bit herbal, somewhat toasty flavor with a fair amount of booze and bitterness.
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber - soapy lace - a lot of alcohol in the nose, overpowering more subtle notes of sherry, light esters, mild oxidation - flavor is surprisingly light - moderate sweetness with a bitterness to cut it that develops through the middle that balances fairly well - the bitterness is herbal, almost juniper/gin-like, especially in the finish - some notes of toffee and sherry through the middle - pretty decent, just way too much alcohol in the nose.
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as big and crazy as I might have expected. Classic aromas of cooked sugary malts, minerally chocolate and sweet woods. Plenty more sweet fruits to taste, with a mildly bitter finish, but this really is incredibly elegant for a 11% beer. Some hop firness to finish.
jimhilt (2414) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours three finger khaki head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is brown sugar with a piney hop background. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.