Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask Conditioned at the Royal Standard, Wooburn Common. Pale copper colour. Alcoholic, fruity and sweet aroma. Flavour is sweet fruit, syrupy with lots of alcohol upfront. Notes of raisin, plum and a hot alcohol finish. Drinks extremely easy for a beer of it’s alcohol content. Quite amazing beer, almost perfect for me.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
World class aroma of mineral, lightly glazed pecans, pumpkin, candied bready malts. Firm, lightly syrupy palate. Beautiful flavors of apple, medicinal tinges, sugared malts with a hint of hay. Unbelievably long pale malt finish. Maybe the most exquisite beer I've ever enjoyed on hand pull. Obviously some very fine malts were used in this to achieve such amazing character. These notes were taken from memory; my written notes were confused with someone else's napkin.
BillyCheer (5) - - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pulled through a swan-neck without sparkler. light orange gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet without being cloying or heavy, light bitterness. Easy drinking, creamy without any roughness. Cordial fruitiness like a mouthful of melted wine gums, lifted by smooth honeyed alcohol. Drinks with the ease of a very smooth LB Port.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity Head 2003-I have had few imported Barley Wines and this one is simply amazing.Malty smooth cookielike and caramel flavours. So drinkable it made me want another but this being Gravity Head I was forced to move on.Fruity sugary sweetness that my palate loved this strong ale is a winner
leaparsons (8711) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super boozy, with alcohol vapours and a warm feeling. This is as complex as Xmas pud and one of the best beers I have had at a festival. Very, very powerful. Very good. Good ole Burton Bridge!
JonMoore (1972) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gravity at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark brown and flat looking. But an excellent barley wine. Sweet and syrupy. Brown sugar, malty, smooth with an excellent mouthfeel. Great alcohol finish.
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with small off white head leaving some lacing. Aroma of alcohol, fruits, caramel, sweet and a bit like red wine. Flavor is lovely fruity and sweet, alcohol definately, full bodied and lean like velvet. Palate feel is perry velvety and full bodied. Finishes sweet perry to start with turning to a biting tart bitter hoppy long lived (still there after 5 minutes) aftertaste. Great!
tombyars (1453) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this barley wine at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2003. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a slight white open head which quickly disappears. Strong sweet sherry fumes in the powerful alcoholic aroma. Surprisingly thin texture in the mouthfeel and non existant lacing. Powerful pale malt base leads to a strong booming mouthfeel of liquified christmas cake and sherry trifle combined. Very sweet tasting notes include full moist maltloaf, sultanas, cherries, figs, dates, honey, golden and maple syrup. Could hardly detect any hop resins in the aftertaste as this heady brew steamrollers into the warming alcoholic finish with intense notes of sweet sherry, mead and drambuie all clamouring for attention. A superb barley wine in the old English tradition. Well worth seeking this gem out.
Garrold (2340) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The Grove, Huddersfield. 20.01.13. Clear golden colour. Thin, tight, lasting white head. Clementines, oranges, barley sugar, some ginger spiciness. Hint of pepper. All quite subtle. A slow burner. Lovely.
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask pull at The Map Room, Chicago. Brassy brown color with a thin but bubbly head. The smell betrays little of whatever is concealed within, just a thin (that word again) hint of crystal malt. The taste tells all, however. The fruitiness of a nice long warm ferment, some caramel malt with a bit of toffees, apples and grapes. A warm alky burn that’s somehow gentle at the same time. Some pretense of sherry, back by floral or fuity hops. Difficult for the novice, but fascinating to beer geekdom.