CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Red amber. Vinous aroma with apple, port, wood and uncharacteristic grapefruit hop. Full body. Again some hop bitterness in the finish.
kbudd19 (513) - 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.
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask, Rainhill Beer Fest): Orange-amber colour with a tiny white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, malt. Lots of rich sweet malt flavour with caramel and fruit notes popping up but the alcohol isnít hidden well at all and in my opinion ruins the beer, very pungent.
artyom (417) - 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.
tomekk1978 (404) - 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, głůwnie 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.
Hanoi (352) - Bedfordshire, 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. Itís odd; I have only ever had 3 beers from this brewery and the other 2 were off. I suspect issues of quality control.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Touch of skunk on the nose which i was surprised about given the high alc, good balance with a touch of almond, fairly boring for the hefty price tag!
Velkyal (286) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful copper colour, with a thin white head, the nose is a full frontal attack of toffee, canned fruit and citrus peel, and a boozy note chucked in. The sweet caramel taste dominates the drinking, though there is enough of a hop bite to stop it from furring the arteries.
IluvatarMilan (236) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice honey orange body, unfortunately no head. Mildly sweet aroma, fruity and a warm alcohol hue. Medium bodied, pleasant spicyness, very soft.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really quite enjoyed this, moreso than most barley wines Iíve tried. I think this mostly is a testament to this beerís balance, as Iím averse to the cloying representations of the style so prevalent in the States. Cloudy light amber with little to no head, a bit of white big-bubbled scum on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel and lightly burnt sugars, light pit fruits and a touch of orange, loads of fresh apples, a bit of grain and honeyed sweetness. First waft reminded me of a good Belgian, interestingly. Taste, like mentioned, is balanced - nothing stands out but everything melds together quite perfectly. No real perception of alcohol. Toffee and caramel notes, with a fruity sweetness in apricots and oranges and orange rind. A pleasing lightly bitter sweetness at the back of the palate in the finish, with a mildly sweet and nicely hop-accentuated grassy aftertaste. Slightly rasping effect on the tongue. Not nearly as thick as some barley wines, which is sad, but good nonetheless, with significant carbonation. Really, really well done.