JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown, with a healthy if quickly dissipating bone-white head.
Nose is prickly malt - dark, toasty bordering on roasty with a solid presence of cool hops that really feel like glacier to me. To be honest, I have a huge soft spot for what I tasted as glacier hops, which is why I was totally drawn in by this. Delicious.
Taste backs it up. Malt body is dark, integrated into the cool, minty, prickly hop note. A bit toasty with hints of roasty caramel sweetness, bit of cocoa, but all completely intertwined with the minty, cool, prickly hops. Like a billion microscopic, super-cooled needles covered in a toasty caramel imbedding themselves into your tongue. Interesting, and in my eyes, delicious. I could drink this a lot if fresh. Yum.
Fluffy carbonation that sits just on the border of fizzy, and really does a nice job of complementing the hops note. Nicely put together beer.
sudomorph (345) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bellwoods. Pours a dark ruby red with a one finger, off-white head. Aroma had big notes of caramel, dark and pitted fruits, and mild alcohol. Taste is a balanced sweet with huge notes of caramel, raisins and other fruits. Medium to full body with a medium carbonation. Syrupy texture with a mild alcohol warmth but nearly no alcohol taste. Overall a big winter beer. Lots of malty caramel and raisin flavours. Cheers!
exeter (115) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste is more hoppy than expected after smelling this beer. Lots of citrusy hop-notes with a pretty big bitterness. Maybe not as hoppy as an double IPA, nor as the other american styled-barley wines I’ve had: Bigfoot, but still the hop flavour is dominating. There’s also some malty caramel here too. Very well hidden alcohol, though it’s still warming and nice.
milara (10) - Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh que c’est bon. Je dirais que c’est mon genre, même si je n’ai jamais bu ce genre de bière! Une attaque fumée soutenu par l’alcool. La suite est plus douce avec des arômes de fruits rouges et dates. La texture est examplaire, grâce à des bulles dignes d’un champagne, et c’est une bière à plus que 10% d’alcool. La finale a un équilibre parfait. Est-ce que j’ai dit que c’est bon?
BiffNilsson (164) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mörkbrun vätska med obefintlig krona. Söt doft med mycket maltkaraktär. Söt maltig smak med bra beska. Känns något tunn trots sina dryga 10%. En god öl men långt ifrån fantastisk.
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton. 12oz pour into a snifter. Fairly typical color for the style of muddy brown with a thin white head. Some sporadic lacing. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, dark bread, cereal, and heavy malts. The taste was surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. It wasn’t as smooth as a barleywine as I like. More bitter and less sweet on the finish. Rather dry and papery also on the finish. Medium body, light in complexity. I was expecting a little more from this amazing brewery.
Nicke80 (22) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours copper with sweet and fruity aroma. Sweet taste with caramell notes. Nice barley.
edgallow (1629) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.5 oz bottle pours hazy amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, dried fruit and pine. Taste is sweet malts and a resin finish
Pyrmir (2649) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle. Dark copper color with off white head. Aroma perfumy, malt, sweet toffee, alcohol and raisins. Taste is sweet, perfumy, vinous, bitter, prunes, dried fruits. Alcohol well hidden in the flavor.
Melker (181) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
aroma of apples, dark fruit, bread. little bit too much yeast in the taste. dry, good bitterness. complex yet underwhelming. probably better with some age on this one.
jookos (1451) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from systemet. Brown dark. Dry dark malty nose. Herbs, peppercorns. Full body, good bitters, some roasted caramels. Nice, dark coffinly tasty, balanced. Doesnt get sweet icky, makes me forgive some of the horrors this style of beer has made me experience.