GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
651mL 2009 ed black wax poured into snifter. The color is a clear, later hazy, reddish orange with a small, but dense yellow head. Not too much retention but leaves a small protective layer. Very little lace. Aroma at first cries infection- maybe Brett or something similar but not quite as nice. Spicy wood, phenols, spicy sourness lead me to believe there is something wrong here. As it warms up, the infection notes are replaced by spicy alcohol, toffee, caramel, chocolate covered strawberries. Fresh air, dew, melons blend with spicy alcohol and heavy phenols. Big Nestle Quik cocoa powder and malted milk balls (Whoppers) show through as well. It’s interesting but I’m not sure if I like the odd combo. Taste up front is pretty much confirming my infection hypothesis: very light bodied, dry, spritzy with hot alcohol still very present. Something like Brett but not quite has attenuated this down to near zero and leaves no body. Palate is very chalky and powdery. Hard to drink this without getting a headache from all the phenols and not so nice infection character.
_angst_ (3840) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of someone I don’t remember. Pours tiny hazy pale amber with a frothy goldenish offwhite head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, grape must, roasted nuts, hay and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, malty and slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, round, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, grape must, moist wood and alcohol. Cool complex grape must character. Like it!
hackobock (2423) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
November 5, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2014 . Shared by _angst_, thanks!
Clear red with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, candied orange zest, some red berries, alcohol, vinous. Taste is sweet malty with a very soft bitterness. Finish is sweet malty with toffee, hints of dark fruits, berries, alcohol and hints of grapes, light bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily, soft carbonation.
Good malty barley wine with some grape character.
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with off white head. Nose is wine like. Taste is sweet. Alcohol burn.
skatanarchy (203) - - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
데슈츠 브루잉 - 미러 미러 발리와인 11% ABV 진한 벌꿀-흑설탕의 풍미, 건포도의 새콤함, 가볍게 씁쓸한 테일의 발리와인. 매년 한정 생산으로 제작되어 판매되는 리미티드 에디션.
mstrcrwly (784) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared bottle poured into a snifter..bronze with a fluffy off-white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,booze,raisins..tastes of caramel,toffee,raisins,figs and
vanilla with a bit of wine in the finish..good stuff.
mR_fr0g (6513) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at The Cad’s 10 year get together. 29/03/2015. Thanks to Bruce for this one. Caramel brown / reddy coloured pour with a lasting stickky off white head. Aroma is layered malts, caramel ,toffee, cream. Flavour is composed of minty toffee and caramel, rounded malts. Some nice apple and plum fruit notes. Palate is full and sticky sweet grains.
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a murky Amber. Aroma is burnt sugar, some hop presence. Taste is light, sugar, sharp on the pallets. Good barleywines.
Alphadelic (1975) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and complex. Great with cookies. Strong fruit and brown sugar aspects. I think mine MIGHT be a little oxidized 7 months after it’s ’best after’ date.
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally sampled on 7/19/2014. 2014 Reserve-Pours a hazy reddish brown color. The thick head leaves a decent lacing. The aroma is of wood, caramel and toffee, brown sugar soaked hops, and hints of wine. Flavor has lots off toffee maltiness and hops mixed with some dark/tart fruits in the taste. Wood and vanilla on the finish. Moderately warming, and full bodied. Excellent beer overall, although a kinda hoppy for an english barleywine, but for me thats o.k.
stoutnick (792) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle. Ruby brown pour. Aroma is tangy caramel, mild oak. Taste is burnt caramel, mild vinous quality, mild bitterness. Ouch thin and watery. Didn’t totally come together for me much like The Abyss.