joeneugs (2575) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bottle MagicDave! Wow, a BrewDog Mikkeller collab? YIKES! I should have been prepared for this assault on my senses. It pours reddish brown with a tall fizzy disappearing orange head. The aroma is metallic, tart, spicy and salty with a touch of molasses. Very rude on the palate with apples, vinegar, and a burning alcohol sensation in the back of the throat. It has a bitter semi sweet bakers dark chocolate flavor in the finish. This is brash and way too early to be sampling. I enjoyed it more as I allowed its intoxicating qualities to take effect, but it could definitely use a couple years of age.
MatteoD. (111) - ITALY - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piccola testa di schiuma giallognola fine e poco persistente, colore marrone scuro, aroma di whisky, di malti tostati e di vino invecchiato, al palato corpo pieno, nota alcolica importante, poca carbonazione, note di toffee, vaniglia, frutta candita, finale amaro e lungo. Non male anche se non è la tipologia di birra che apprezzo di più .
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of whisky, caramel, toffee, vanilla and some dark fruit. Flavor was strong and boozy with caramel, brown sugar, whisky barrel, vanilla and some notes of toffee. Full bodied with soft carbonation and had a oily texture.
MikeJslc (628) - USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper, clear, tan head. Aroma: bready and toasty malt, earthy and herbal notes, leather/tobacco. Flavor: toasty malt, earthy notes, spicy hops, leather aged character, subtle bourbon barrel.
Jimmythespoon (404) - CYPRUS - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rated from backlog, Aroma is sweet and complex, taste has heavy alcohol with hints of whiskey and mroe on the sweet side. Ok beer but didn’t find this very special.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Dark amber with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of light whisky, wood tabacco and smoke. Taste is of pine, roasted malt, whiskey and lots of booze.
Theydon_Bois (5227) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (1057) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 (4096) - 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 (804) - 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.