ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Muddy brown pour with no head. Perfectly flat beer. Aroma is malt malt malt dark fruit and maybe just a hint of citrus. My first thought on this was that it tasted like someone had harnessed the taste of homebrew malt extract and brought that flavor unsullied into a beer. Alcohol is well hidden bit this beer was almost punishing to drink. Not great.
Brandman (2274) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Brasserie 4:20. Brown body, small white head. Aroma has lots of malts and some fruits, citrus hops. The malty flavour takes this more to a very malty bock side than to a barleywine. Flavour has also little fruits. Thick and oily. Long aftertaste.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(330cl bottle from Bruery Provisions. Bottle #2013/2304). Pours cloudy mahogany with no head and some floaties. Aroma has loads of fruit--green apple, orange, some caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet with a bit of bitterness on the end. Alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn’t show 15%. Not bad, but not terribly complex.
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a burgundy body with almost no carbonation or head. Sweet caramel malts, prunes, light citrus fruits, toffee in the nose. Slightly syrupy, prune, plum, tangerine, quite sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. The booze is noticeable but hidden quite well for a 15% beer. Thick, somewhat syrupy mouth feel. Caramel, prunes, and booze on the finish. Some alcoholic burn on the finish and afterwards. I think it’s a very good BIG beer but I wish I would have shared this someone due to the high alcohol content.
Ernesto987 (4389) - Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely no head or carbonation whatsoever, Heavy malts on the nose, very sweet body, syrupy, alcohol is present but fairly tame for a 15% beer. If someone were to try to make a barley wine just like a wine and not like the traditional style dictates, this is very close to a "barley" wine. No carbonation, complexity in malts, i dont taste hops really, and the alcohol is all the same as grape wine.
Wolfbass (944) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Effettivamente da questa barley marchiata de molen, mi aspettavo molto ma molto di più. Tenuta per mesi in cantina per aspettare l’evento mi sono poi ritrovato con una birra decisamente mediocre e molto ma molto sbilancita...
kramer (5322) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with some small chunkies floating about. Looks almost still, the head is very thin with large bubbles, fading to a thin ring very quickly. The nose is thickly malty with tons of caramel, it’s somewhat reminiscent of Thomas Hardy’s with a few years on it. Some noticeable alcohol fumes, but not too bad for 15%. There’s some hops in there as well. Huge fruity notes of date and fig up front with lots of caramel and brown sugar. This is over the top sweet, so much so that it actually covers up the alcohol flavor. There’s a very minimal hop presence, and what is there is comes across as slightly menthol like on the finish. Thick, syrupy, and almost completely flat, the mouthfeel really does nothing for this beer at all. Not too much positive going for this beer. Dried out and carbonated, this could be much better.
Vignale (2379) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En flaska från 2008. Massor av besk citrus typ mandarin/apelsinskal, sherry, torkad frukt, särskilt päron, söta äpplen. Söt, stark, bra beska. Fantastisk.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle picked up Gent... pours a dark but bright copper with a hue or amber, poorly carbonated, no head at all... very sweet nose, tons of fruit pears, apple juice, a bit of toffee, honey almost smells like a light mead... taste is a light mean, a little honey, mostly flavorless.... mouthfeel is terrible, watery syrup... this is an epic fail
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - APR 19, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 Assaggiata in bottiglia: barley wine stratosferico! Di una bontà senza eguali.