Velkyal (270) - Charlottesville, 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.
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.
IluvatarMilan (221) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - 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.
Hanoi (209) - - 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.
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent Brit Barley wine! Drunk with the company of a selection of british artisanal cheeses and a very interesting female! The beer was the best of show! The cheese second. The female... thatís for me to know... Well, the beer.. really interesting - that sweet malty marmalade stuff was brill with the unpast.cheddar. I The aroma distracted me from her.. thank god. Iím not bitter and neither was the beer! WELL DONE DURHAM! Iíll look forward to another jar of this!
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy light amber with a fluffy head. Aroma is fruity, bready, light hops. Rich malt, biscuit, bread, and alcohol flavors finish with a nice warming note.
nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas are subtle orange, slightly brandy-like, dare I say faint marzipan
Lovely clear mid amber colour. Not very gassy so no head to speak of. Not very sticky (unlike other barley wines Iíve tried). Dry clean finish with hints of good very dry sherry, slight sweetness initially, Nice but subtle alcohol warming, caramel , dry orange and (dry) bitterness. There are aromas I canít put a name to - itís quite subtle (again) but complex.... Over all subtle, apart from the alcohol content!
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.