dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, no head. Strong boozy aroma, caramel, figs. Tastes real boozy, but doesnt last long as the hoppyness takes over. Overall real nice, balanced.
Leini (906) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at a local tasting event. Hazy mahogany body with no head to speak of. Starts of sweet with sugars and figs, finishing off dry, with alcohol.
hman43 (397) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a cloud brown with little head. What little head there is does manage to produce a little lacing. It has a strong smell of molasses and malts. There are hints of caramel as well. The taste is sweet with caramel being notice with the alcohol. It does have a pleasant, sharp bitterness to it and the natural warming effect on the way down.
rollerton (90) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SB. Pours almost no head. Aroma is very malty. Taste is complex, with raisins. A very good barley wine, it is easy to drink despite the ABV.
ericdevin (884) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a medium dark brown, little bit of tan head, looks like cola. Aroma cherries, figs, caramel. Body thin and sharp, finish is huge and sticky, candi sugar, caramel, dried fruit, just a hint of booze, with very little warming. Tremendous, really.
Zakoon (86) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle @ home. Pours murky dark brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruits, alcohol, candy sugar and some oak. Flavour is quite bitter and a little sweet, the alcohol has a bite and there’s a lot of caramel and raisins .Full body, medium carbonation and a boozy and dark fruity finish.
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from Mise en Bière - murky dark ruby-brown beer with a chaotic foam left; aroma of plums, candied caramel and cherries; full-bodied and solidly sweet, some harsh and earthy bitterness lasting in a long aftertaste of ripe red fruits, burning alcohol and caramel
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 341ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.
A: Pours a dark amber nutty color forming a big creamy, fluffy, thin bubbled and soapy beige head. Good retention and tons of lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains for long time on the top
S: Caramel bomb in the nose. Candy sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts, roasted malts and flowery hops. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the end
T: Sweet upfront. Intense taste of caramel. Strong notes of caramel and roasted malts. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly raisins and grapes. Quite bitter end. Actually, it’s quite hoppy and bitter to a barleywine. Great bittersweet balance
M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation and a fruity and bittersweet aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Nice American Barleywine. Another good surprise from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
[ BA Review @ 7/27/2013 ]
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-10-14-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a copper color with a finger of tan colored head. The head has a light level of retention, fading to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel smell mixed with some aromas of caramel molasses and some dark fruits of fig and raisin. Along with these smells are some nice rum like aromas as well as a bit of a spice smell of licorice. Some lighter hop aromas of a pine nature mix with the rest as well as a little bit of a chocolate smell.
Taste – The taste with hints of chocolate mixed with a moderately strong flavor of caramel and brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present right from the start with some cherry, plum and raisin as well as some more brown bread flavors. Some booziness comes to the tongue toward the middle of the taste but remains art a relatively constant level never really overpowering the malt and the sweet taste of the brew like in many barley wines. All the while a nice moderately strong pine and earthy hop flavor come to the tongue balancing the sweet rather nicely. The chocolate flavors fade out from the taste at this point with a light amount of a almost tannin like flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a nicely blended sweet and malty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. While not quite as thick and chewy as I would have liked overall the thickness and lower carbonation were rather nice for the flavor and style of the brew making for a rather enjoyable sipper
Overall – A rather nice drinking barley wine. It is big in flavor without being both too dry and boozy or too overly sweet. A nice easier drinking one.
BeerBaboon (1615) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany with light beige head. Aroma is malty, berries, spicy and fruity. Flavour is medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, fruity and spicy.