Rask0lnikov (569) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour. Medium white head. Toffee, caramel, hints od berries, some sourness in the aroma. Grassy, bitter, caramelly beginning. Quite alcoholy in the middle. Hints of whiskey in the end. Burnt caramel in aftertaste. Also some alcohol. Makes the throat warm. Rather heavy bodied, medium carbonated, still young barley wine. Not balanced yet. Quite drinkable. Interesting to to try the 2015 edition after a year.
Unde (803) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber colour with beige nice fluffy head on top which leaves beautiful lacing to the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer! Aroma has caramel malts, pines and grapefruit hops, cookie, syrup. Taste has lots of sweet caramel malts, pine hops, some dried fruits and syrup. Nice bitter ending. Warming alcohol is there but it isn’t overwhelming. Full texture and medium carbonation.
Renobob (1600) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Couleur ambrée rouge, trouble. Fine mousse blanche. Nez prune, tonneau. Palais fin, pointe sucrée au début avec fruits noirs puis grosse amertume épaisse. Pointe fumée. Finale longue, amere, acide boisée.
c0fein (504) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn
Dark amber colour with a white head. Malty, berries, alcohol, caramel, some fruits. OK.
Kauge (1451) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. BB 21.10.2025. Pours very dark amber, unclear with loads of bits floating. Head’s creamy, retains rather well. The aroma is malty with a herbal and spicy side. Soapy. Boggy. Gets jammier, marmeladier (inventing words) in the end. Tastes sweet, some bitter sourness of bog berries, and again a bit soapy (labrador tea? (sookail)). Interesting. Not saying the 10% shows, but it is warm of the alcohol. Texture and carbonation soft. I liked it at first, but it soon became aggressive - too herby and a bit harsh... It’s different from all other Barley Wines I’ve had. Not a big fan... Yet I do find it intriguing. I’m sure time will make it better - would be fun to try it close to its BB (fat chance though).
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Grillmarkadurinn. Pours a clear light brown with a tiny off white head. Sweet with a mellow dryness. Aromas of caramel malts and dried fruits. Medium to full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish.
Giochaurand (380) - FINLAND - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kavu. Pours brownish amber in colour with medium head. Aroma is bready malts, caramel, honey, hops. Flavour is orange zest, malts and hops. Nice full palate.
Kavu (3819) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33l bottle from Uba ja Humal, shared with giochaurand and wiosna. Pours almost clear amber with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol and hops. Flavor is sweet malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Awfully nice.
phfyysik (517) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark red with small top. Liqueur like appearance. Aroma is fruity, sweet, caramel, raisins, some alcohol and spices. Mouth is thick, sweet, red wine, grapes, caramel, some cinnamon and nutmeg. Alcohol comes out and warms throat. After stays quite a while and is bitter. Nice barley wine!
Marduk (5848) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 20, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Deep dark amber color. Small size, white bubbly head, stays. Caramel, raisins, berries, fruity, pineapple in aroma. Pineapple, grassy hops, sweet, caramel in taste. Alcoholic and pineapple in aftertaste. Alcohol makes it hard to drink.