Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense, rich, malty aroma - caramel, toffee, biscuit, moderate fruitiness, mild sherry notes, even the faintest hint of hops. Clear brown color, thin tan head, but good retention. Lots of caramel and toffee in the flavor, nice spiciness - a mix of peppery alcohol and hops. Solid hop bitterness. Lingering bitter finish. Medium-full body, slight alcohol warming. This is everything that a barleywine should be - rich, smooth, and satisfying.
mcberko (6017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige / tan head. Nose brings out rich notes of caramel, dark fruits and some light oxidation - which is no surprise given the age of this thing. Flavour is rich and deep, with loads of caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol. Extremely well-balanced, without any cloying sweetness. This is very bold and decadent. Not really any oxidation on this at all - very surprising, given this is 10+ years old! This sure has stood the test of time. Wonderful stuff.
abemorsten (2614) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Hazy deep ruby orange body with a light brown rim. Heavy honey and prune juice reduction on the nose. Smooth, fruity, salty. Thick, full bodied and alco warm. Long roasted raisin finish. K
gunnar (5129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, from my secret santa 2012. Pours cloudy dark brown with no head at all. Aroma is aged malty, cellar and dust. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Taste is rich dark bitter chocolate. wood and old malts, prunes and raisins, nice one.
Holmen2 (682) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, no head. Strong aroma of alcohol, prunes, dates and toffee. Similar taste. Rather overwhelming.
Sigmund (4948) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Very dark brown colour, low tan head. Intense aroma of molasses and oak. Very sweet flavour, loads of molasses, alcohol and oak, some bitterness. Impressive, but not really my cup of tea.
Holmen1 (2302) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nest siste flaske på dette RB-treffet, og hvilken lykke! Dette er bare lekkert på alle måter, og med en linedansers eleganse. For mye av det gode kan fort bli guddommelig.
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Why didn’t I save one more for my cellar??????????????????????????? Great barley wine.
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle that I never thought I would get thanks deyholla! Pours a very dark brown with no head. Aroma is malts, dark fruits and caramel. Warm finish, nice malts and some caramel. Very nice, I know this is aged and that made it better. So awesome.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle (rbsg 2010 northernbrews - from notes). Pours a hazy cola brown color with a small off white film. The aroma had sweet malts, caramel, toffee, a splash of cocoa, ripe fruits, oxidation and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was moderately sweet caramel malts, toffee, cocoa, fruits, some herbal notes with some sign of the abv making an appearance. This had some oxidation, but was still drinking pretty nice.
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Opaque brown pour with a thin tan head. Big malt nose with lots of toffee and caramel with some chocolate and heat. Flavor is caramelly with a slight herbal character and boozy undertone. Cocoa makes an appearance before a bitter finish.