Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 08.06.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Almost no head. Aroma is slightly oxidated, oak, thinner, caramel malts, toffee, grass, butterscotch, almond essence, warming alcohol, dark sugar. Taste is perly carbonated, slightly dry, caramel malts, oak, toffee, dark sugar, burnt caramel, grass, cocoa, sorrel. Dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Relik Tavern in Benicia, CA. Pretty good barley wine with strong alcohol, berries, raisin, barley and malt.
Beer4000 (4313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Cloudy, deep red body with medium sized, fast disappearing beige head. Aroma has caramel malt, hoppy fruit, berries, spices and some yeast and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, fruit, hops, some wood and quite bitter. Fine body and a long, pleasant aftertaste. Nice and smooth, prefer this from the previous version.
humlelala (879) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(33 cl bottle from Studenterhuset Aarhus; Batch 406; Claims to be bottled on 11/02/15, which I presume means February 15th 2011) Pours dark copper with medium, tan head. Decent regeneration and some lace. Aroma is malty and complex with notes of molasses, honey, pepper, oak and a hint of oxydation as well as booze. The body is extremely full, carbonation soft, texture oily and the finish is warming and dry towards the end. Taste is mostly sweet with an astringent edge. I guess it would be good for a rainy day in Scotland but barley wine is simply not one of my favourite styles.
onceblind (3670) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark amber, no head. Odd aroma of berries and boozy syrup. Palate wrecking flavor of intense boozy notes, berries, currants, and woody liquor.
travita (3692) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. The beer is copper in color, has a decent beige colored head, and is clear. The smell is grapefruits, juice, fruits, and hops. The taste is grapefruit juice, hops, caramel, and sweet .
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
30/11/12 - 33cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ home - bottled: 11/II/15 - I kid you not, it said bottled 2015 (2012-1316) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy dark amber to red beer, small aery irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, honey, caramel, vanilla, malty, some chocolate. MF: quite some carbon, full body. Taste: caramel, some what sour, red wine vinegar, vanilla, hint of whisky, alcohol noticeable, bit sugary, bitter, more vanilla, chocolate. Aftertaste: sour touch, caramel, red fruits, alcohol, sugary, dark chocolate. Wow, an amazing beer!
Iphonephan (2664) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared from a 33 cl bottle at home. Pours a cloudy dark copper with a quickly dissipating off white head. Strong boozy burnt caramel aroma. Dark cherries and caramel, with a strong alcohol finish.
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un peu mince en bouche comme m’a habitué brewdog mais les saveurs ne sont pas aussi quelconque. Pas très sucré, légèrement boisé et très sec au final. Correct.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, fairly quickly disappearing, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, amber tinged, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells strongly whisky influenced; touches of brine, peat smokiness, spicy oak, melon, as well as other notes of concentrated plums, toasted-smoky whole grain notes, concentrated caramelized malt, touches of sherry / nutty oxidation, and lots of woody, earthy, sort of tobacco like notes, and lots of spicy, warming alcohol. The aroma is quite complex and interesting, though it isn’t very balanced or integrated, but it is enjoyable enough.
Sweet caramelized malt notes are quickly consumed by huge whisky notes that lean towards hot alcohol, astringent mouth puckering oak, spicy wood, cured plastic like hot notes in the finish, and a touch of light bitterness. Toasted malt notes lean almost towards a roast character (or is that the influence of the barrel), and there is a slight nutty character as well as a touch of sherry like oxidation. This is quite light bodied for a beer of this strength, on the other hand it is exceedingly hot and alcoholic.
The nose showed some promise, but this beer has way too much alcohol and Whisky barrel character to be balanced at all in the flavor; I could see whisky afficianados perhaps enjoying this, but it is just too hot and unbalanced for my taste preferences.