Theydon_Bois (16850) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, from Bitter Virtue, 13/06/13.
Dark chestnut brown with a scummy looking light tan head, like dirty soap in a sink basin. Looked so much better when it first poured!
Nose is rich caramel and toffee, sugars, touch of booze, marzipan, woody tones, light medicinal/germaline notes.
Taste comprises burnt toffee, rich caramel, demerara sugars, dates, raisens, boozey touch.
Full bodied, fine carbonation but dangerously drinkable for 13.8%!
A pretty decent barley wine, alcohol is well disgusied for the ABV, easy drinking and for a 330ml bottle to myself I never tired of this one as is sometimes the case with a BW!
Inbreak (4516) - 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.
Beer5000 (5900) - 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 (1306) - 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 (7302) - 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 (4847) - Dallas, 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 (8127) - 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 (6157) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - 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.