GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Cask from The Three Judges] Clear amber, small head. Sweet fruit, caramelised peaches, steamed pears and lots of grapefruit hop notes with floral nuances and a big toffeeish undertow in the nose. Full body, heavy malt sweetness leads to a juicy hop finish. Perfectly balanced, great beer.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has notes of orange, alcohol, cider and malt. Citrus flavours sit well with the hops up front with subdued additions of honey and sherbet in back. Not as thick or full bodied as some other barley wines but very pleasant none the less. Alcohol is noticeable but still easy drinking. Recommended.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slightly alcoholic nose with hints of orange and cardemom. Beautiful orange colour with a milky shine. Low head. A bit watery feeling with a fruity finish and palate. Aftertaste of somewhat bitter like orange shells...
kbudd19 (843) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pretty old I think (best before May 2014) golden apricot pour, one finger of white head. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, sticky toffee, somewhat sour also. Taste, bitter up front, which tones down quickly and gives way to some subtle hops, fizzy carbonation, soft mouthfeel, some malty sweetness but not overwhelming or rich, a little bit of butterscotch and exceptionally smooth. Overall its not going to blow you away with complexity but its well rounded, smooth and for a barley wine very easy to drink.
tomekk1978 (800) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barwa: złocista, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło.
Aromat: niezbyt intensywny, głównie słodowy, z lekką domieszką chmielu (jakby lekkie cytrusy) i wyraźną nutą alkoholową. Jakby pale ale skrzyżowany z heller bockiem.
Smak: pełny, słodowy, nieco słodki wyraźnie alkoholowy. Goryczka umiarkowana, delikatnie cytrusowa.
Nie przyszłoby mi do głowy, że to barley wine, gdybym degustował to piwo w ciemno. Zapewne wskazałbym na heller bocka, bowiem barwa zdecydowanie zbyt jasna, a konsystencja zbyt rzadka. Duże rozczarowanie, nawet nie średnia jakość.
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BBB. I like Durham. This was a good barley. Big ABV but well hidden.
UXO (702) - CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with one finger of fluffy white head settling rapidly to a compact cap and light lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet candi malt and toffee, with a little dark fruit in the background. Taste is similar, leading out with sweet malt followed rapidly by plums and raisins, with a mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to full-bodied, slick and slightly creamy, with a distinct alcohol warming.
A pleasant enough barley wine, but not a lot of depth to the flavour. The alcohol warming also tends a bit to the harsh. Decent, but not great.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle- Pours a golden colour with no head. aroma is alc. dried fruit and caramel. flavours are a little light at the front then sweet alc. and a mild hop bitterness in the finish
artyom (659) - Osijek, CROATIA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5l bottle. Hazy copper color with big beige head. Aroma is citrus and floral hops with some fruit notes. Taste is medium bitter with nice sweet malt and caramel notes along with some fruits. Medium to full body and flat to average carbonation. Very complex beer.
Hanoi (570) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose: brown sugar, alcohol, slight brandy. Taste malt, bitter hops, syrup, the alcohol is too prominent for a beer that is only 8.4% . Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, no carbonation, slightly flat.
A poor barley wine, with very little depth. I suspect that this bottle maybe bad. It’s odd; I have only ever had 3 beers from this brewery and the other 2 were off. I suspect issues of quality control.