DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Incredibly sweet nose of caramel, toffee, light oak, and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a clear medium copper. Sweet (almost sugary) taste with caramel, brown sugar, a mellow, boozy acidity, and a bit of sharp oak. Medium body and a bit sweet, watery mouthfeel. Solid.
mike_77 (2977) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Born in 2012" - Light brown colour with thin but lasting head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with lots of boozy dried fruit rather like a sherry. Flavour is similarly sweet and rich with dried fruit dominating. There are some woody and spicy notes lingering in the background too. Quite thick and warming.
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with Benh at the Bow Bar. Good times. Pours Amber with a cream head. Loads of sweetness with a novel ammount of hops to balance it out. I feel that barleywines have a tendency to get sickly after a while so half a 330ml bottle is more than enough for me.
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, 35.5cl, vintage 2012) Clear, amber colour with a medium-sized and slightly tanned foamy head. Slightly sour and leathery malty aroma with notes of caramel, as well as fruity aspects of plums, citric hops and a tinge of booze. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Slightly syrupy and juicy malty start with dried fruity notes of raisins and fruit cake; moderately sweet and fruity finish with subtle bitter hops and a warming alcoholic strength. Quite easy-going for a Barley Wine. 22.IV.14
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice deep amber with off white head. Resinous aroma, pine, lots of caramel and toffee. Similar flavour, big caramel bomb with some resinous pine. Nice sweetness with a bitter finish. Solid stuff
Darkmagus82 (513) - - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer From BA -
Poured from bottle into chalice glass.
Appearance - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a head that fades fast and leaves almost no lacing.
Smell - Sweet fruits and maple are initially present followed by a bit of citrus and some alcohol.
Taste - Sweet dried fruits and breadiness of malt are initially present. Then a nice big cherry flavor hits. These give way to some alcohol taste (but not overbearing) and a small floral hop flavor shining through at the end.
Mouthfeel - This is superb. A little sticky; its creamy and thick with the perfect level of carbonation. Wonderful for sitting back and sipping.
Overall - A good barleywine which doesn’t break the bank. A good by and perfect for any day with not much going on when you feel sipping away.
Stuu666 (1670) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Sweet, dry, a little thin, toffee, some light juicy pine, bitter.
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 ounce draft (2011 vintage) at ChurchKey poured into a snifter. Pours a caramel brown/amber color with off-white head. Aromas of caramel and floral notes. Tasting notes of caramel, pine, floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Not as good as I hoped, maybe I’d like this better fresh but since this beer is retired that likely won’t happen.
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cervesa amb poca presència d’escuma, aroma i gust avinat, cada glop és diferent.
Cerveza con poca presencia de espuma, aroma y sabor avinado, cada sorbo es diferente.
TET (1570) - FINLAND - MAY 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A copper beer with a quite weak and beige head. The aroma is powerfull, riped fruits and some berries, lots of caramell, strawberries and raspberries, plums, some pine needles, also hint of vanilla and marzipan. Complex and rich aroma. Taste of strong maltyness, slightly caramelly, herbs, some pine needles, the end is dried by bitterness, dry wood and marzipan. A slightly biting end. Full bodied, slippery and smooth to drink. The great and powerfull beer, a complex and easy to enjoy.