Theydon_Bois (16885) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14 from Domus Birrae.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with no head.
Nose is nutty, dark toffee vibes, brown sugars, big walnut whip presence, spice, light chocolate.
Taste comprises big sherry notes, booze, oaky, more of that walnut whippage effect, figs, dates.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close.
Nice slightly aged barley wine, mellow and tasty.
Ferris (12746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Vinous and barrel notes, plum and some booze. Hazy copper with no head. Vinous and big oak notes. Body is a bit thin. This has picked up so much of the barrel that it no longer resembles a Barleywine.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 76. Pours a copper amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma intense chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, some dark fruits such as dried plum and raisin. Flavor very sweet, again cocoa and fruit, rum raisin, savory spice, leathery. No carb at all, zero. Ill give it that its interesting, but as any sort of style goes its kind of all over without being anywhere. Sweet fruit, not much barrel character, though a bit red wine fruity, but not oaky or wood like Id hope for
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th May 2014
Murky red - brown beer, no head. Palate is light and softish and a touch viscous. No carbonation! Mellow gueuzey sourness kicks off but is soon joined by a nice tangy red wine steak. Good red wine berry fruits. The two elements come together very well in to a light smooth finish. Does a good job of hiding the abv.
BeerBaboon (1969) - FINLAND - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red brown with not much head at all. Hard to tell what that colour was because there hardly was any and it disappeared quickly. That said, head does not play that important of a role.... Aroma is fruits, spices, oak and toasted. Flavour is medium sweet, oak, fruits and a little bit of spices. Very nice beer. Italians are coming. Beware.
monk191 (1752) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely unique, but very intense beer. Pours a deep amber-red, with no head. Smells like wine with some fig and weirdly, blue cheese. Taste has a lot of red wine with some caramelized sugar and sweetness in the end and a boozy finish. Very buttery. Couldn’t drink too much, but very interesting. Had in the bottle at La Trappe’s Italian event. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine dal corpo denso e il gusto dominato da un carattere decisamente vinoso, non sempre equilibrato, con note di frutti rossi, mosto e una leggera torbatura che si fonde con la forte presenza alcolica. Buona, ma per quello che costa non vale assolutamente la pena.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
11.2oz bottle, on close out from Party Source. Very dark brown / red, near black. Virtually no head. A few khaki bubbles. Chunky flaky dark yeast bits. Bigger, wine-like body. Completely uncarbonated, this is totally flat. Are they trying to make this beer as close to an actual wine as possible? Lots of caramel malt, dark fruit, and huge vinous notes. Lots of big red wine in the flavor, malt. Earthy. Some chocolate. Tomato soup. Big sweet, lightly spicy. Best thing going for this is that it hides the alcohol ok, no burn or bite or warmth. The taste is awful though and make this hard to drink. Probably no noticeable alcohol because it’s so difficult to take more than a tiny sip. Interesting at first, but got way and way worse as I went. Poured the majority of this one out... So oddly wine-like, but without any of the well-roundedness nor complexity of a wine. Is this over my head? Maybe I need to be a sommelier to understand this one. Not even worth the $5 or whatever the price was
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a very small sized head. Sherry, raisins, some wood, fruity, and some ashy, tobacco.
olio (9288) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark ruby red color with no head. Aroma is very intense with dark berries, some alcohol comes through, ripe dark fruits, hints of oak and red wine (port) with a dash of tar also. Flavor is quite sweet with syrup, dark berries, ripe fruits, raisins mostly, some caramel malts and wood. Warming alcohol on the finish. No carbonation at all, full-bodied and quite thick, velvety smooth and sticky, almost syrupy palate. A very beautiful delicacy.