Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark hazy amber color ale with a nice medium foamy head with average retention and good lacing. Aroma is quite hoppy with some citrus notes but is well balance with some sweet malt. Taste is less hoppy then the aroma was suggesting with a good presence of sweet malt. Light presence of dry fruits such as figs and prunes could be accentuated in a bit more. Body was above average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, I thought this was a good barleywine tending more toward the English style then the American overly hoppy style.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle thanks to Crosling! Poured a hazy, fiery medium orange with just a light ring of white head. The aroma began with a huge blast of medicinal alcohol... had to dig deeper to bring out grapefruit and herbal hoppage... pears and raisiny notes deeper still... this was complex, but the booze factor was a tad too assertive.
Flavor also had a heavy booze factor, but it played a more complimentary role... accenting toasted toffee and darker fruit sweetness... moderate herbal and floral bitterness.
Lower carbonation gave this a tad of a flat feel... dry herbal bitterness and rum-soaked dark fruits at the finish... sticky and quite warming. Grew on me, but not toward the top of my list for the style.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle - 2005 vintage. Powerfully malty and sweet aroma with overriding suggestions of freshly-baked pecan pie, tobacco, dried flowers, earthiness and a tinge of medicinal alcohol lurking in the background. Deep, dark copper color with brighter amber highlights, mostly clear with a fully subsiding head, subsequently lacks any sort of lacing. Flavor profile is fairly strongly laced with alcohol throughout, and features a blend of richly sweet, sugary caramel malts, faintly raisin-like fruitiness and a spicy, sharp, citric bitterness that appears about midpoint, melds with the warming alcoholic presence and fades away. Low in effervescence, smooth, perhaps even a little thin on the palate with a substantial body. Certainly a strong British-style interpretation but does lack a certain degree of depth.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 12oz bottle 2006 just a few months old, this was my second BW today during the great blizzard of Colorado ’06. pours a rather dark brown with reddish hue and a nice head. aroma is rather weak, hints of maple syrup, alcohol, and slight hops. flavor has some mild baker’s chocolate notes that gets annoying as i drink, brown sugar, maple syrup, solid malty base, with slight alcohol coming through but not much for 11.25%. overall nothing special but a drinkable BW. i’m aging a few so we’ll see how it ages. 3.2.
4/19/09, 2006 vintage aged 3 years. pours hazy prune with khaki head. nose of maple syrup, port, caramel, and raisins. flavors of rasins, caramel, chocolate, with a dry woody finish. med body. low carbonation. still not very oxidized at all. i’d say this improved quite a bit but still nothing special. thin mouth feel. 3.6.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle via trade with BeerandBlues2. 2005. Aroma: Strong sweet malt, bread, light ginger, rich caramel, raisins. A bit of alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting. Appearance: Very dark orange in color and murky. No head. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt with a strong caramel presence. Bread, chocolate, raisins. Some pine and grass hop notes. Bitterness was nice, but lingered just a touch too long. Alcohol was noticeable, but not intrusive. Palate: Full bodied and creamy. Despite having no head, there was a good level of carbonation on the tongue. Strong alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A very nice barleywine. Well balanced and drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Just what I needed after a long day at work.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a hazy amber with a small, off-white head. Soft caramel aroma. Very full body and sweet with distinct caramel and a very aromatic hopping. A very smooth and pleasant Barley Wine. 211006
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 2005. Hazy amber coloured with a small head. Sharp and alcoholic with notes of cardboard, malts and dark fruits. Sweet and slightly perfumed.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2005. Orange amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malty, fruity, sugar, hops aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread, fruity, light alcoholic taste. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.
Ungstrup (34226) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2005. A hazy amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet hoppy - Cascade giving it notes of grapefruit, but also with strong notes of alcohol and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with lots of caramel notes, but also a strong alcohol note, which lends the beer a metallic tinge. Toward the end the alcohol leaves a slight burn on the tongue and in the top of the throat.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Santa Fe Spirits. Drank on 8/22/06. 2005 vintage. Clear, dark copper to light amber. Very thin layer of foam - can hardly call it a head - off white to light tan. Disappears immidiately to a ring of foam. Aroma - decent sized aroma - lots of sweet malts, some fruity hops - apricot, cherries. Almost candy-like sweetness. Flavor - some average up front bitterness that disappears on the tongue. Really smooth, well balanced, and sweet in the middle. The sweet, fruity, malty flavors come out in the finish. Cherries. Palate - pretty full bodied. Carb is on the low side, but good for a BW. Oddly it kind of thins out in the swallow. Overall - Pretty good BW. Nice aroma, good flavor, good mouthfeel. No head, which is somewhat typical for the style. I guess it could be a tad thicker and stronger, but there is no lack of flavor or complexity. No alcohol flavor or warmth. Will definitely be stocking up on the ’06.