bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from jtw da Finnish man - thanks John! Ok, now this is something! Aroma is a potpourri of following compounds: oak, vanilla, alcohol, sherry, strong fermented fruits and burned sugars. Alcohol is easily detectable but gentle. Hops have mellowed a lot. Flavour is sweet and fruity with a warming twist of alcohol and aggressive hop bitterness in the end. An uncompromised and challenging but balanced barley wine. Truly a work of art!
umich03jm (2114) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Clear copper-red pour with some minor bubbles. Aromas are raisins, caramel, red fruit, toffee candy, and cocoa. Tastes like apples, toffee, raisins, chocolate, and burnt sugar. Great mouthfeel, especially for a 6 year beer. Smooth and just a little syrupy. Abv is very well hidden. Love this. Please brew this again Dark Horse.
tectactoe (2186) - Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2008 release. Thanks, Jeff. Syrupy looking, burnt caramel color. No head, just a few stray bubbles that rise to the top. Aroma is a good, balanced mix of caramel, toffee, apple, raisin, honey, graham cracker, sherry, & a little bit of cocoa powder. Not overpowering in any aspect, & the alcohol is very mild considering itís 15% ABV. Nice, sweet caramel candy flavor; notes of toffee, apple, raisin, red grape, prune, toasted malts, sherry alcohol - warming but not overpowering, & nowhere near 15% ABV. Sweet, very slight oxidation, but it actually adds a layer of complexity rather than being hindering at this point. Oily, slick mouth feel. A very nice barley wine.
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 6/1/14 from a capped 12oz bottle obtained in a trade quite some time ago, this bottle has quite a bit of age on it. Pours a nearly opaque, dark, fiery auburn with a thin tan head that disappears fairly quickly. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, just a hint of nutty sherry oxidation coming through, raisin, date, and bit of a brighter cherry fruit note with some alcoholic heat. The flavor is all of those same characteristics with some added toasted chocolate bitterness. Everything is extremely well-integrated and balanced. The body is very full with light carbonation and a long lightly bitter caramel, toffee, and somewhat nutty sherry finish. Even with a lot of age, this is an excellent barley wine.
Gription79 (2293) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from a 12 ounce bottle, not sure of the vintage.
Aroma: raisins and cherries were apparent whilst I poured the beer into the glass, sweet fruity alcohol, nutty, slight oxidized notes/ sherry
Appearance: slightly cloudy amber with a small halo of bubbles
Taste: raisins, cherries, sherry, burnt sugars, leathery
Palate: medium/medium light bodied, surprising how light the body is with such a big beer, it never feels thin or watery
Overall: This is an amazing Barley Wine, warming, easy to drink(this would be dangerous if I had more then one bottle), a treat for sure
JAXSON (529) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany pour, small head. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, apple skin. Lots of warm dark fruits on the mouth, caramelized sugar, touch of green apple skin. Some lingering bitterness. Nice sift feel. Good stuff.
b3shine (5717) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Waxed bottle to sniffer (2008 vintage; shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a cloudy brown with light beige lacing. Smells solid; sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of butter. Tastes like it smells, sans the butter, with a nice, smooth mouthfeel (especially for 15%!). Good beer.
DrSilverworm (6808) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. Hazy amber - brown color. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Big caramel and raisin in the nose, light sherry. Bigger body. Nice smoooth, more creamy texture. Lighter carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink for 15%. Just a light warmth in the finish. Iíve had 12% beers that tasted much boozier. Nice moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Some bigger earthy hop, light graininess. Caramel. Very good barleywine.
gmellison (426) - Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
big up arminjewell for the pour. pours a lovely burgundy color with almost no head. aroma is burnt sugar and dark fruit. taste is raisins and caramel, and (not overwhelming) booze. i like
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of dark fruit, hints of oak, red fruits, slight grass, hints of bitter notes, hints of molasses. Taste is a mix of red fruits, hints of sherry, caramel, chocolate, more raisin, hints of toffee, lots of burnt caramel. Finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
Errl (1681) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle..Pour is dark with a thin dark head..Nose is nice dark fruit, caramel, sherry, spices, dark cherries..Taste is chocolate covered cherries, spice, sherry, dark caramel, hot, figs