FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass summons forth a creamy, dense, four-finger thick, nicely amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deeply red stained, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red dyed, dark golden color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of washed out toasted malt, candied berries, faintly grassy hops are noticeable at first. At first blush the aroma seemed fairly bland, and very tame for a Barleywine. As the beer warms & opens up though some additional complexities start to come out, though it never gets the big aromatic presence one would expect from a Barleywine. Aromas of cherry liquor, some fruity brandy notes, a bit more herbal hops, and biscuit like malt add a little more interest to the nose.
Lightly sweet, with a viscous full mouthfeel that was almost a surprise coming off the week aroma. The beer has a light Bourbon Barrel influence that in addition to the usual notes of butterscotch, vanillin, warming alcohol and lightly spicy wood seems to play up an anise like flavor and some soft brandy notes (including a raisin and grape note). The Bourbon barrel is quite tame here, this is actually at a perfect level as it is just another component of this beer rather than a quite dominant one that many a Bourbon Barrel beer has. There is quite a bit of hop character here as well; nothing on the order of say a Bigfoot, but there is a nice herbal component, flavors of ripe pine needles, some candied citrus zest and a touch of menthol. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, but a quick swirl of my glass gets rid of the excessive fizziness and a touch of the pepper-like carbonic bite. I really like the fruity, sort of brandy like, perhaps cherry-cordial-esque note that this beer picks up; it is subtle, but quite pleasing.
I like that this is pretty easy drinking for a Barleywine (assuming you get rid of the excess carbonation) and the light barrel influence is a huge plus. Having said that the malt complexity is a bit lacking and the aroma is down right, even deceivingly so, weak (though it is decently complex as it warms up). While this started out slow, as I work my way through this 22oz bottle it really starts to come into its own; the flavor ends up really becoming quite well integrated, mellow (this can be a good thing even in a Barleywine), but distinct. A good beer, that is much more enjoyable than I was expecting.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - DEC 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Hazy red-dark amber color; small creamy head. Creamy (milky) caramel aroma, nice. Strong caramel flavor, some chocolate malt, strong bitterness, roasted nuts character, some hop resins but less American-type hopping than usual, which makes of it an original one, at least, since it´s not the best. Strong ending bitterness.
revgum (1) - , Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
medium body, slick feel, lively carbonation, mild bitterness on the finish
flavor is luscious, full of burnt toast, a fair bit of caramel sweetness in the tail end. some kind of citrusy fruit in there, balanced against a bitter finish
aroma is mildly floral, with a sweet and alcohol punch
deep ruby appearance, clear as day, with a dense creamy white head that falls fairly quick.. leaves spotty head goodness all along the glass
A very excellent beer!
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a diminished off-white head. Mild wineous and spiced hoppy with a dark and mild roasted malty base note. Bitter and slight spiced flavoured with a solid caramel malty and dense hoppy note. Ends malty and slight spiced.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of gunhaver. Hazy amber golden with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of wood, caramel, alcohol and overripe fruit. Quite full-bodied with notes of fruit, caramel and wood. The finish is rather raw and unrefined bitter with quite some alcohol. 311008
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is very sweet with notes of alcohol, while the flavor is sweet malty with notes of alcohol and fruit, leading to a drywoody and alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [Tasting session @ Papsoe, 31-10-2008] Average fine bubbled off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Hazy dark amber color. Aroma of heavy malt profile, alcohol, fruit, Bourbon. Over the palate came nutty, caramel, alcohol, fruit, wood. Quite full bodied with an average carbonation and alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet with good counter bitterness. Solid malty and warming alcoholic texture.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks dude. Poured a deep garnet-brown color with a moderate beige head that faded to a layer that left a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malts with some light caramel and some moderate fruitiness including some red apple and light plum, a hint of spicy bourbon and oak with a soft vanilla character. Lightly spicy, smooth entry leads into a caramel maltiness transitions into a moderate bourbon spiciness with some hints of vanilla and finishes with a moderate earthy hoppiness. Full on the palate with moderate carbonation and a nice oak bite.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby maroon colored beer with a creamy, light tan, well lasting foam. Nose has some nice elements of wood barrel (coconut, vanilla, wood), along with some components from the malt, like sherry and dark fruit. Not a great nose, but at least is has some describable elements. Flavorwise, it’s a simplistic beer, without complexity. Light notes of caramel, dark fruit and toffee. A decent ale, but lacking seriousness.
thooper41 (544) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours dark amber brown with slow fading cream color head, aroma of hops and barley, flavor has a good amount of hops up front fading to a slighty sweet malt backbone with hints of bourbon and a slight warming of alcohol. has just the right amount of oak ageing and isnt over the top in any way.