onceblind (6910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 3 years (2012 edition). Murky deep brown with no head. Lovely deep aroma of date and plum and gentle barrel notes. Smooth and lovely sweet flavor of light caramel, playing up some date and raisin, a little booze, a little coconut, a little oak. Smooth and clean and fruity and sweet and dark.
Scopey (11952) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours cloudy deep brown with a decent beige head. The nose is sweet, candy, caramel, big toffee vibe, earth, cocoa, vanilla, fudge and coffee cake. The taste is sweet, slick, toasty brown sugar, booze, vanilla, big toffee action, nougat, wood, fudge, chewy malt and some warming finish. Medium - full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet, yes, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Nice one.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. Pour from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a cloudy mahogany with a finger of beige head leaving some light lace. The aroma is pretty complex actually. There are good notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a little whiskey burn. There is a nice oakiness on the back end. The flavor is very similar. Great fruit, toffee, whiskey, and a hint of vanilla. There might be a hint of oxidation, but it’s not really prevalent at all. The mouth feel is decently viscous and oily with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly hot aftertaste. Not too bad
MarcoDL (3874) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botle @ ZEBF 2015. Barley wine with a heavy focus on caramelly vanilla and dark fruit, both in aroma and in taste. Good one.
caesar (6473) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample. Slight hazy amber to copper color, short head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, slight fruity. Soft sweet in taste, soft bitterness as well. Not as overly sweet as some barley wines can be, but more focussed on the malts. Nice stuff.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Hazed murky red brown body with a soft carbonation. Booze nose with some pineapple and toffee. Christwagons this is smooth. Raisin and plum notes with a mild tobacco flavor. Lingering chocolate covered cherry and booze in the end.
djd07 (9519) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is strong roast, toffee, vanilla. Medium mouth, sweet roast, dark fruit, candy sugar, vanilla, light booze finish, really enjoyed this one.
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15.
Rich amber with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is rich fruitcake, spice, toffee, dates.
Taste comprises light barrel, caramel, fruit cake, toffee, dates, sweet licks.
Full bodied, oily feel, light warming alcohol in the close.
Ok barley wine.
dmac (5376) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz 2014 9.4% bottle. Poured a deep cloudy super dark blackish brown with a smaller piss foamy head. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, molassess, dried sugary dark fruits, barrel and a slight hint of Scotch. Medium to full body, soft to almost non carbonation and sort of a flat body. Flavor is nice but doesn’t live up to the aroma. Notes of butterscotch, toffee, molasses, dark fruits and scotch. Not digging the mouthfeel on this but it’s probably just me as I’m going through some shit right now and haven’t even eaten in 30 hours or so.
Leighton (18013) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Pours clear amber with a foamy off-white head. Sugary sweet with lots of caramel, bready malts, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, sticky, with lots of gooey ripe fruits and further caramel. Tasty though not especially nuanced.