chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz 2009 bottle served in a clear goblet (from 2011 notes).
Pours a hazy reddish amber with a coat of bone head that quickly reduces to a lasting ring.
Aroma - quite boozy. My 2 most recent tastings (Hopslam and Trois Pistoles) had ABVs nearly as high but smelled less boozy. All is not bad here, however, and the alcohol odors are accompanied by some nice fruity tones and the smell of toasted malt.
Taste - not as nearly as boozy as the aroma suggests, at first, with a nice toasted malt taste. This is soon overpowered and replaced by a sherry or port-like finish. Insufficient aftertaste. Insufficient hops, even for the English style. Improved with warming.
M - smooth but perhaps a bit too thin and very slightly unpleasant effects of alcohol on the tongue. Noticeable warming on the way down. Semi-dry.
O - no question I enjoyed this, but I’m hoping to find more appealing examples of this fairly unfamiliar style.
thmsboyd (193) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
355mL bottle BBE: Nov 2014 (aged). Lightly chilled (approx. 12 degrees). Pours a cloudy chestnut-ruby body with small, tight, creamy fawn head giving full coverage. Sweet, high intensity nose of dried fruit and assorted candy including mint, liquorice and butterscotch, with herbal/basil notes and a more onion-like character also present. A high-medium maple sweetness is balanced by a light bitter chocolate and the high abv, which lends a gentle warming, spirit-like quality. Full-bodied with a thick, almost syrupy texture, carbonation is low-medium, and the finish is long and warming. An incredibly complex ale that conceals its high abv well. Comparisons to a sweet sherry are inevitable, and this would undoubtedly hold its own against the very best.
jamaty (1915) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ambar anaranjada, de un par de dedos de espuma ocre. Turbia, buen aspecto. Aroma acaramelado con notas de naranja. En boca buen cuerpo y bien de gas.sabor magnifico, de cierto tono licórico, con recuerdo a cointreau, por las notas de naranja. Acaramelada, malteada en la base. Muy cremosa, muy sabrosa. Excelente.
jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Mother Kelly’s. Pours dark copper orange colour with two finger off white head.Aroma is of caramel, toffee, booze, sherry, dark fruits,leather and tobacco. Taste is of sweet salted caramel, sherry, plums finishing with hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Very good barley wine.
teorn88 (6741) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at mother Kelly’s London. It pours a clean copper color with medium off white head. Aroma is rich sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and bold with light booze and light tangy red fruits and red wine. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, super tasty
Tognetta (744) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vermelho acobreado, espuma de baixa formação e persistência. Aroma com álcool bem presente, uva vermelha presente, bem maltada, açucarada. Paladar de dulçor e álcool intensos. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste característico de uvas, doce, duradouro.
weordie (874) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma is nutty. Quite a nutty flavour too, some red fruits like plum and cherry with a malty finish. One of the better barleywines I’ve had
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 vintage - Draft at Hopcat GR - pours a hazy orange . Mild caramel aroma. Soft fruit notes and sweet caramel , very nice
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TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The foam is hardly found in this beer. The fragrance is sharp contrast, both fruit, malt and alcohol. A pronounced vinous aroma, which is on par with the best vintage wines I have tasted. And what a taste! It explodes in the mouth with an abundance of fruit (plum, orange, raisin and a lot more). Then enter the alcohol briefly on stage, leaving a good warm feeling before malt sweetness and hop bitterness are united in something I have never tasted better before.
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a bottle from 2012, smells of cigars and old leather, malt and butterscotch, dark cloudy amber brown colour with some foamy off-white head. is sweet at first with whats left of the hops giving a little kick in the finish, flavours of vanilla, cherry and cigar smoke and maple smoked bacon? i cant quite pinpoint what it is! very nice and smooth