hackobock (3107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 20, 2014. Bottle at home, best before 2018.
Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel notes, dried fruits, floral notes and alcohol. Taste is light to medium sweet, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. A bit sharp and unrefined. Medium bodied.
zacgillbanks (4072) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Bright red-brown in colour with a sweet red fruity flavour, burnt toffee and currants followed by sweet almonds, cola ice pops and rich chocolate and earthy, roasted notes on the finish. Excellent!
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Brass Tap - U Square. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that laces the glass. Has a big fresh hop character, with straw, grass, lemon, and fresh herbs, balanced by caramel and sweet malts. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Maybe this one was mislabeled at the bar; he said it was a special double IPA from Oskar Blues, and it drank like one. Weird.
GenDV138 (5253) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Clear dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, floral, light peat. Tastes of dark fruit, peat, caramel, toffee, light smoke. Medium body with a dry finish.
angel77 (2167) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl de la internacional tomada en el momento el 17-10-2014. Lote 235 hasta 07-10-2018. Color ámbar muy oscuro, cerezo con espuma beige oscuro que desaparece al poco y casi por completo. Cuerpo medio con 10.5 vol que le dan una buena sensación alcohólica. Sabores y aromas de maltas caramelizadas con final amargo notable y duradero.
spokeydonkey (77) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark storyline in color with thin lacing. Aroma is roast and a bit of alcohol. Taste is dominated by sweet malts. Palate is the high point as it is silky. Finishes sweet with mild hops for the style and lingering alcohol heat. Too sweet for my tastes.
Rudat1992 (11) - Dortmund, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown color and a medium cappuccino head. Fruity inserted plums in rum and sherry aroma, it also leaves a touch of coffee taste. Very good barley wine beer.
RaijinSen (307) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 Pours deep mahogany with medium sized head. Citrus notes in the aroma appear at the beggining but fade quickly, overriden by caramel, toffe and, alas, alcohol. Caramel, plump and raisin are dominant in the taste of the beer, accompanied by strong alcohol notes that tend to linger on the palate. Only the last sips of the beer bring some relief from the alcoholic profile, or maybe I just had enough of them and stopped to pay any attention. It seems that barley wine isn’t my cup of... beer. Too astringent, to heavy, close to wine or caramel liqueur- that’s not my definition of beer. On the other hand, I have no problem with alcohol in baltic porters or imperial stouts so perhaps it is the beer that is not representative and simply badly balanced. Anyway, with my notes I tried to be subjectively objective, or obectively subjective (please delete as appropriate).
Geiserich (4047) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. Molasses and dried fruits with pine notes. Reddish to dark brown color, brownish head. Flavor is malty, medium sweet with caramel and toffee notes, light alcoholic. Fruity with plums, dried fruits, also dark chocolate, sweets. Good balanced with a herbal hop bitterness.
inbirraveritas (1446) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish dark brown colour, small and lasting yellowish head.
Intensive aroma ruled by molasses and dried fruits combined with pine and alcohol, mouthfeel is oily.
Long and warming, earthy-toasty-grapefruity finish.