Veer (362) - Landskrona, - NOV 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: wonderful, hops reminsicent of fresh grapes, grapefruit and green apple. Lovely, fruity malt, liquorice, roasted, sourish. Oh my, those are really lovely. A slight vanilla sweetness merges with the nice deep, fudgy malt. Alcohol and some faint esters. Raisins and brandylike tones. There’s something nutty alongside the alcoholic fumes. Hard to place, but the aftertaste suggests hazelnuts and/or macadamia. A musty tone reminsicent of lingonberries can be sensed.
Flavour: sweetness hits you, but in no way overwhelms, and is backed up by a grown up bitterness provided by acrid and refreshing hops. Slight tartness as of apple peel. Malt provides subtle tones of bitter cocoa and fine coffee beans. The aftertaste is long, extremely balanced and satisfying. This is perfectly balanced. Few beers are so beautifully designed (I come to think of Old Rasputin).
Appearance: A very deep orangey red body covered by a frothy, slightly sticky, yellowish thick foam. Looks invinting.
Palate: Thick, creamy, very full-bodied. Really thick and fluffy on the tongue, slightly hot on the palate. No lack of carbonation; very soft and natural feeling however. Very, very nice and thick.
Even the burps are highly enjoyable.
jflopsu (827) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy amber-brown. Has a faint sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. A delayed taste of dark dried fruits, caramel, spices, and malts. Leaves a very dry aftertaste. Flavor was weak as I had it at a Xmas in July event.
cmacklin (421) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, brownish red with a creamy, medium, long lived, tan head that laces. Sweet malty aroma of caramel, dark fruit, berries and light spice. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit, light spice with warming alcohol and a dry, bitter hoppy finish. Full body with a thick, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.
GIJOE (927) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a creamy off-white head that lingers long. Nose is slighty yeasty with strong tart candy notes. Taste is on the bitter side with a bold malty undercurrent. Full-bodied beast; thick and creamy. Very tasty brew.
MarcoDL (2900) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of raisin, ripe fruit and malt. Taste of the usual: raisin, ripe red fruit and caramelised malt. Good, but nothing special.
kermis (6999) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of overripe dark fruits, raisins, light chlorine, caramel, toffee and a strange herbal touch. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Some sediment. Aroma is significant; a sweet toasted maltiness. Taste is malty/hoppy - caramel sweetness with a floral earthy bitterness. Thick mouthfeel, very full bodies, but not syrupy at all. Finish is an earthy bitterness with a slight sweetness that changes to a spruce like crispness. Very complex. A fine example of a barleywine!
JBPortland (1183) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark reb brown with light edges and 2 finger head. Nose has dark fruits, caramel, fig, raisin, maple. Taste has very soft creamy mouthfeel, lots of big dark fruits, bread crust, fig, plum, bitter, semi sweet. Finishes moderately sweet, medium-high bitterness, toasted bread crust, caramel dark fruit, raisin, sticky. Nice barleywine.
FunkyF (402) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mörkt brunröd med vitt skum. Doft av kola och torkad frukt. Lite stickig alkohol med mycket torkad frukt i smaken.
Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to slovaksniper. Pours nearly flat with just a few bubbles. somewhat hazy deep reddish color. Nose is full of caramel malts and starting to turn to dried fruits. Taste is moderately sweet, but at the same time well balanced. Light grassy flavors, with some alcohol becoming obvious in the chest after a couple sips. Remains bitter in every sip, and starts to become a booze bomb after many more sips. overall, very nice, but could use some rounding out to become more palatable.
rdixon77 (1583) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Pretty mahogany color. Rich, sweet barley wine with oak characteristics, caramel, and dark fruits. Slight hop bitterness. Full bodied.