evergreen0199 (2332) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. An amber coloured pour with a medium off white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity, malty, spice, orange marmalade. Belgian in style. A very drinkable beer from Durham.
Gerbeer (2321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with no head. Aromas of orange peel and toffee. Light for a barley wine. Flavors of malt, alcohol, bitter hops and a bit of caramel.
Davros (2260) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting white head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, caramel, grapes. Reminiscent of cognac slightly. Interesting.
Very sweet flavours, some grape notes, a bit of booze showing. Somewhat similar to a tripel, the flavours are rather lighter than most barleywines.
Carbonation is too high for these characters.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A warming barley wine. Spicey finish. Acidic flavour. Prune aroma. A good barley wine with no alcohol notes.
VertBaconStrips (2163) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Found that this is pretty dull so I swirled up the muck at the bottom of the bottle and dumped it in - made a difference for the better. Dull amber, duller with mud added, almost zero cap. Smells boring. A bit of alcohol, grains, sweet fruit, pepper, warm red apple, cookies, cheap white wine - very cheap, honey... interesting collection of aromas. Ok taste, easy to put back, sweet and slippery, pepper, fruity, dulling bitterness, caramel, honey, a bit more. Not even remotely memorable. Itís late, Iím tired and I have horrifying gas.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Golden/brown with little head. Caramel, grapefruit, malty, and a bit hoppy. A very nice barley wine (if it really is a barley wine :-))
EdKing (2119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy orange. Nose is subtle and complex. On the pour there is citrous, but underneath that it is dired apricot, bit of orange marmalade, possibly honey. A malty alcoholic beer. And one of the best English barley wines Iíve ever had. Very well balanced and drinkable. In fact there is more of a Belgian strong ale about this although quite grainy and malty. Finish is bitter on the tongue and alcoholic.
wyzzywyz22 (2094) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a deep cloudy golden amber colour, with a smallish white head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeast, malt and caramel notes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lovely grassy hop on the flavour balanced perfectly with the malt and fruit. Gently warming alcohol, not overpowering. Works really well. Lingering bitter finish. Yum. Really impressed by some of these Durham brews.
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber colour with large and lasting off-white head. Sweet and floral aroma. Malty and fruity flavours with a dry and hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Nice, dangerously drinkable barley wine.
markas101 (1992) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via The Dram Shop. Appley gold colour, thin head. Somewhat musty caramel and bread aroma, floral-resin faint aroma in the background. Quite smooth, creamy with a sweet caramel flavour, then the hops kick in to balance the sweetness. Decadent in the end.