Gerbeer (2349) - 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.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (in NZ), pours a hazy orange-amber with a white pillowy head. Big fruity aroma, with oak, some caramal, and the obvious presense of the alcohol. An incredibly complex aroma, medicinal yet peppery, caramal and fruity, with very strong alcohol in the finish. A big beer to come in a 500ml bottle. Not sure how good this is, can’t see my head being any clearer at the bottom of the glass!
Davros (2323) - 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 (2179) - 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. It’s late, I’m tired and I have horrifying gas.
EdKing (2134) - 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 I’ve 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.
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 :-))
gegwilson (2103) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery. Amber, slightly hazy beer with a white head. Sweet at first with pear drops, caramel and yeast flavours. Nice stuff.
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - 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 (2018) - 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.