MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle from the Bottle Shop in Bramhall. Was hoping this would be good and it most certainly is. Orval like colour with a good white head and a luxurious consitency. Beautiful smelling beer. Malt, yeast glorious amyl nitrate like alcohol and some delicate hops and caramel in the background. Flavour is a really mellow (in comparison to others of this style) drinkable barley wine. Barley is offset by some nice grassy hops, almost perfumey at points. Alcohol is clearly there but just adds a bit of warmth at the edges and a slight spike at the finish. Pronounced bitterness at the end with clear toffee. Great body, really good balance, like it a lot.
DuffMan (6969) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. Pours a lifeless, dead honey gold, no head, no carbo. Bad sign... aroma is low apple fruit and grain. Palate is flat, no carbo, and is totally OFF. Bummer.
mcberko (6876) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500mL bottle, pours a semi-clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite boozy, with licorice, treacle toffee and caramel - booze is very much on top though. Flavour is quite bland for a barley wine, with butterscotch, toffee, slight hops and lots of booze - seems like more than the ABV. Not complex at all for the style and very light on the palate. A disappointment.
Hansen (6802) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour, unclear, sediment. Lasting offwhite head. Floral and real nice aroma, flavor is nice, medium malty. The 8,4 abv isnt unpleasent, but warming.
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 21/2/08. Amber coloured with a moderate white head. Sweet malt and earthy hop aroma. Flavour of barley sugar, yeast and grassy hops. Good, although slightly lacking in character for such a strong beer.
larsga (6260) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Clear brown body. Sugary caramelly aroma
with spicy cocos and raisins notes. Sweet, and faintly dry,
cocos and alcohol taste with spicy grape notes. Full-bodied.
Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Sweet-dry caramelly toffee and
alcohol aftertaste with spicy cocos notes. Interesting and
drinkable, but could hide the alcohol better. (0.5l bottle, from
House of Trembling Madness, York.)
Svesse (6233) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Amber colour, hazy, with huge, but brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with citrus (orange, mandarin) and heavy notes of earthy hops, slightly vinous. Fruity taste, slightly vinous, with notes of orange marmalade, mandarin and earthy hops in the finish. Sweetish, but perfectly balanced. Very nice.
after4ever (6231) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500. Pours a murky medium amber with no real head or lace, just little white wisps. Toffee, sweet cream, and a bit of apple skin on the nose. Creamy medium body. Toffee, sweet cream, and apples again on the mid palate. Mild caramel finish. Not much happening here.
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev. Pours a hazy orange with little floaties and a large lasting white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, sweet malt, yeast and a good amount of hops. Flavour’s malty and fruity with a somewhat bitter finish. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium to full bodied. Very good, I really enjoyed it.
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle from England. Deep cloudy gold/amber, tiny black floaties, large lasting frothy white head. Dry aroma, peppery yeast, wheat, alcohol and a little cereal character. Taste - very nice, very smooth and balanced, soft; grainy malt, hints of apple and other fruits, herbal hops and lots of em. Soft, average body, mild carbonation, somewhat astringent, mild malt body that lasts a good long time. Well done.