Mortlach (1297) - Rome, - JUN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
03/01/2013 330ml bottle (Vintage 2010). Bruna, intensa, riflessi color caffé, schiuma leggera beige, non molto persistente. Naso esplosivo, sentori di datteri e frutta matura, alcol, nocino, vaniglia, anche una nota acidula. In bocca è se possibile ancora più complessa, simile a un Porto, con sentori di frutta matura, caramello, cioccolato, erbe medicinali, un leggero tocco di liquirizia, una leggera astringenza. Corpo pieno, carbonazione leggera. Barley Wine sontuoso!
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Steampunk Bar, Göteborg. Black beer with a small head. Malty figs and raisin aroma, vinous, caramel, licorice, plums, grapes, some toffee. Malty figs flavor, raisins, caramel, vinous notes, warming alcohol, sweetish, chocolate notes, plums, some woody notes. Really nice fruity barley wine.
Sarpa (1101) - FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl @ Venuti. Pours dark brown, almost black, no head. Deep, rich aroma of oak, dark berries, raisins, sherry, alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Chocolate, dark berries, plums, raisins, alcohol, oak in the flavor.
olio (7528) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle @ Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa. Bottled on 06.11.2014.
Pours dark red color with no head. Lots of dark berries on the nose, plums and raisins, sweetish malts, vinous notes with some syrup on the background. Sweet and sugary flavor, syrup, caramel malts and loads of plums and raisins. The sweetness hides the alcohol quite well but isn’t overly sweet, good balance. Excellent slow sipper delicacy with a berry twist.
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà. Bottled 06.11.2014, batch LS912B
Bottle says 16 months
Aroma has cognac, licorice and ripe fruits. Also chocolate. Flavour has strong licorice tones, alcohol, ripe fruits and raisins. Also some woody tones. Complex and sweet slow sipper, reminds me of some Lost Abbey beers. Gets a bit berryish with calvados at the end of the glass.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask (?) at Eurhop beer festival 2014. Dark brown with some purple tinges, no head at all. On the nose rich grapes notes, red wine, tons and tons of dark fruits, wood, leather and calvados aroma. A hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. Very complex overall, with just a subtle alchool presence. Balsamic and herbal feeling on back of the palate, slick, velvety and sirupy as expected. Dark fruits, burnt caramel, molasses and warming alchool in the aftertaste. Flat to soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. Great, but in very small doses, imho.
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 Exclusive, limited, unusually strong Italian barley wine refermented with champagne yeast and oak aged. Thin, unstable, off-white head, dark burgundy colour, hazy. Intense, extremely seductive and complexely perfumed aroma reminiscent of all kinds of good things: chocolate liqueur, vanilla extract, old port wine, almond, cranberries, raspberries, elderberries, liquorice, sage... Candied fruits in the mouth, liquorice, chocolate sauce, complex spiciness, soft and elegant roasted bitterness in the end, full mouthfeel, alcohol warming but otherwise remarkably well-hidden for a beer of 16% ABV. If you’re a sucker for barley wines like me, you will thoroughly enjoy this; I guess it’s the Italians’ experience with fine wine which leads their progressive breweries to come up with exquisite barley wines like this one. Very memorable and one of the best beers I ever tasted.
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, big thanks to Luca (Mortlach) for sharing at the one and only Ma Che, Roma, 08/02/14.
Lightly hazed/semi murky chestnut brown with moderate beige edgework formed of bubbleage.
Nose carries a boozey pa pang, dark toffee, nutty, earthy, dark fruits, Xmas cake mix, sherry twang, woody.
Taste comprises rich dark fruits, caramelised sugars, lick’o’booze, woody twang, dates, raisens, dark toffee fudge.
Full bodied, fine carbonation.
A well balanced barley wine, solid rich dark fruit vein running through it, it never gets overly sweet. The 16% ABV just doesn’s show up in this one !
Good work !
zvikar (4014) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of toffee, wine, caramel, brandy, plums and wood, flavor is sweet with wood, vanilla, rum and plum liquor, full bodied
SPDickerman (1057) - Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark ruby mahogany with practicality no head. Smells strongly of figs, dates, other dark fruits. Tastes is bold fruitiness, similar to Port but less sweet. Full-bodied with a slick texture and no mouth-carbonation, Birra del Borgo Sedicigradi finishes smooth and fruity with a hint of warmth.
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with a tan head. The aroma is full of toffee, brown sugar and alcohol. The flavor has some brown sugar, grapes, oak, dark fruit and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.