Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) pours deep reddish brown with a small head. The aroma is balanced with caramel and fruits. Creamy and friendly alcohol-ish on the nose. Touch of cinnamon apples. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes deep caramel and fruits. Not over the top, just a robust maltiness. The mouthfeel fat and round with a light carbonation. Som hops on the finish. Near full bodied.
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow! 2010 vintage. Pours hazy amber with a very small bubbly goldenish offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and fruity with biscuits, caramel, dates, raisins, oatmeal cookies, cereal, hay, caramelized apples, toffee, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, prunes and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with biscuits, caramel, hay, riasins, prunes, dates, charred wood, caramelized apples, marzipan covered baked pears, caramelized almonds, toffee and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, slightly flat, round, slightly viscous and medium to full bodied. finish is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, biscuits, hay, grapefruit rinds, raisins, dates, charred wood, baked pears and warming alcohol. Very solid mellow and tasty barley wine. No mr fancypants barrel aged complicasaurus. It takes a lot of skill to make something as solid as this…
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Blue Wax Dark amber/reddish pour with a beige head .... aroma of a strong ale, caramel malts, berries, dark fruits, slightly boozy .... taste is of caramel malts, berries, dark fruits and a bit boozy .... sweet and complex in the mouthfeel def mellowed out .... Purple wax says 7th year 884 of 1600 lighter amber reddish pour sweeter and has a grape flavor to it with a bitter bite, sweeter and younger than the ’09 with a bitter lingering hop to it has some booze to it ..... def different with the batches, but good nonetheless
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red, minimal tan head
Smell light caramel, sweet honey straws
Taste sweet smooth caramel, molasses, vanilla, roast, light and nuanced flavors
Balanced, mid body
HonusWagner (1424) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005, thanks to David!
I’ve had many a vintage of Gratitude, but never 2005 until now, and I must say the beer has aged remarkably well. Firstly, there was still "ample" carbonation by the standards of a Barley Wine, even a fresh one. The oxidation is definitely less than you’d expect of a typical BW bottling, but gives a nice sherry characteristic to things without any of the watery texture issues. Slightly chestnutty with lots of interesting sweet fruit notes and a hint of leathery character. Excellent, beautiful beer. It’s a shame I’ll almost certainly never get to drink it again, but in my experiences basically every batch of this beer ages well. So grateful (hehehe get it?) to have tried this.
VsXsV (2323) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Red/copper liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, caramel, toffee, port wine and dried fruit. Quite complex. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, plums and sweet alcohol. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Really viscous and sticky. Great barley wine, very balanced and complex.
nuplastikk (4567) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 750ml shared by Brad. Glowing orange body. Oily head, soapy edges. Oaky, big woody malt tones. Rich caramel tones, but not overly sticky. A really great Barleywine. Awesome to see a non-barrel aged beer this good. Massive yet balanced.
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red/cola like color with off white head. Aromas and flavors of caramel, malt, and sweet fruits.
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle (forget which year it was) in a tasting glass. Pours cloudy brown/ruby with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and light chocolate from the malts, some dough, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice malty character. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
olr1984 (1087) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 750ml bottle purple wax bottle pours a dark brown with zero head big complex flavors. caramel really sticks out