sunevdj (3072) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Grand Tasting, Ueno Park - RBJG#2. Pours a clearish brown with a yellow head. Very sweet with aromas of caramel. Some aromas of dried fruits and hints of chalk. Also some residual sugars. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Dry and sweet finish with hints of roasted malts.
Theis (12759) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Clear dark red/brown - offwhite head. Barley, alcoholic, fruity, licorice, herbal notes, chocolate, nice hoppy, ok bitterness, dry finish.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This classic English-style Barley Wine proposes sweet but never heavy caramelized sugars atop leafy hops and their balancing bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the hazy amber.
-The soft effervescence and healthy residual sugars make for a comfortable mouthfeel.
-Cereals are nicely laid out in the flavor profile.
-This is as good as the more renowned Ya-Ho Barley Wine.
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This had a lot more presence than the moku moku BW. Plums, dark dry fruit, fig, LOTS of toffee and caramel. Missing something, but an enjoyable English BW.
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Bottle in the park, RBJG2. Amber golden colour. Aroma is dark fruit. Taste is chewy, big body, liquorice, fruity again, full on. Boozy. Very nice. Re-rate at the Watering Hole birthday do. Red brown colour, small thin golden head. Aroma is Xmas cake, fruity, booze. Taste is great, toffee, dark fruit, sticky caramel. Treacle. Really good. Has gone up one point this time.
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks TimE. Light brown colour with a small beige head that leaves some lacing. Sweet plum, fruit aroma and flavour.
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark mahogany color. Wood, earthy, chocolate and cherries. Big thick nose. Very Chuwy , fully body malty. Tons of earth and cherries. Lots of subtly . Excellent
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBJG Ueno Park. Murky amber color, thick tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of caramel and plums. Taste is sweet dried fruit.
KyotoLefty (5904) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Great Japan Beer Festival 2009. Nice, fruity, cherry aroma. Lots of alcohol in the mouth, though. Lots of hops. Harsh but interesting. Light body, very estery. Nice looking orange color.