jdjuice (474) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007. Doesn’t taste like a barleywine at all. Flavor is strong, solid hops, with not much else. Hop flavor dominates the beer, which seems to be lacking any qualities that would mark it as a barleywine. Relatively thin, darker fruit flavors are non-existant. Alcohol is hidden well. Final word: a pretty decent IPA/Double IPA, not a barleywine.
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A mix of light bread, toasted and caramel smells for the malts, moderate spruce note for the hops, light broth for the yeast, and port, alcohol and carboard in the background. Head is small, wispy, white, with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a lively carbonation.. Not bad flavors, just weaker than I expected.
Rainley (3) - USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. 2007vintage. pours chestnut with tan head. malt and caramel aroma. medium body. slightly bitter, with a light burnt flavor.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, 2007 vintage, 27 Dec 07
Rich chestnut /reddish-brown brick color with nice tan head.
Malty, carmelly aromas predominate. Not much hops.
Malty flavor - carmel, cookie. very slight bitterness
Smooth, lt carb, md body
Nice Barleywine, very smooth and malty. Not much bitterness, but there’s enough to provide balance.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a mostly clear chestnut body with a small and fleeting beige head that diminishes to a film and cap. Aroma is malty and bready, mostly caramel, with a hint of pine hops. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is malty caramel and toffee, almost chewy. Red apple notes add complexity. Hop biterness, pine and a hint of grapefruit, adds a nice balance. This 2007 edition is an improvement over earlier bottlings.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Clear, amber golden with a dense, shaving foam-style like head. Aroma of overripe fruit and sherry. The body is surprisingly only medium with a little caramel and overripe fruit in there. Discreetly bitter. Fairly average Barley Wine. 191207
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of caramel, malts, piney hops, rye, and some alcohol. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized beige head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Lightly sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, alcohol, chocolate, rye, dough, tar, and spices. Medium body. Thin, watery, but slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, slightly sweet, alcohol finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A amber beer with a big beige head. The aroma and taste is of caramel malt, rye bread and some sourness. Medium to full body with a light sour finish.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with a huge head. Aroma of malt, caramel and some burned caramel notes. Great flavour of sweet malt, burned caramel and some bitter and warming finish.
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Sweetness, alcohol, fruits and some bread, caramel and herbs. Flavour is sweet and spicy. Has caramel notes. Is a bit fruity and has distinct herbal and flowery notes. Medium bodied. Is quite bitter in the end countered by a light fruityness.