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.
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange. Aroma is alcohol, rye, wet wood. Taste is sour, smokey wood, candy malt. Late, long lasting cakey mouthfeel.
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.
Pizd (357) - 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.
larsga (5812) - 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.)
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Birmingham Beer Bash. I am growing to love Barley Wines more and more. This is quite a sweet one, with plenty of sticky malt. Inching towards sickliness, but remains drinkable. Itís big.
Hanoi (212) - - 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.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mmmmm. The year of the barley wine. During which Iíve had about 3. Once every 2 months anyone? Had a necessary sweetness and lots of alcohol.
jmgreenuk (2615) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Birmingham Beer Bash 2013. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head. The aroma is rich crisp red berry fruit leading to a medium to weak bitter flavour with fruit and weak yeast on the super smooth palate. A very heart warming beer that was not dominated by the alcohol.
Dommod2011 (697) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BBB. I like Durham. This was a good barley. Big ABV but well hidden.
mjs (3999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - BBE Feb 2016, at Kittyís, 20130725) The beer poured reddish brown and clear. Its heaf was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had malts, alcohol and caramell. Palate was almost full bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, sweetness, hint of saltiness and low bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. The beer left a harsh feeling.