AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012 Complex aroma, very dark and luscious, featuring heavy notes of dark fruits, fudge, orange, and some spices. The mouthfeel is syrupy, with light carbonation and a medium-to-heavy body that can also be somewhat sticky. The taste is mostly sweet and a bit sour, but there’s a mineral bitter impression that accompanies the mostly sweet-and-sour finish. The fruity esters are prominent on the tongue, as is some honey that wasn’t that noticeable to the nose. It’s hard to detect the hops. There’s also a gentle note of juniper berries towards the end. After a few sips, a sour impression coats the oral cavity. I love it; it far exceeded my expectations. It’s not a beer for everyone, mind you—it can be a little too syrupy and sweet, if not just too strong and flavorful for those who like drier beers, and there is no hop thrill here. But what it tries to do, it accomplishes.
kustie (693) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber color with minimal head. Aroma has dark fruits, some alcohol and caramel. Taste is sweet fruity with long nice aftertaste that has some minor bitterness. Flavors of caramel, dark fruits, berries, raisins. Smooth and tasty one.
AndySnow (6294) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, dried fruit, alcohol, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, alcohol, caramel, raisin, plum.
RocknSkol (13) - - MAY 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber and somewhat hazy with a creamy off-white head. Complex aroma with subtle notes of bananas, pears and sugar cookies. Full-bodied with a sweet, complex character. 3 years old and the hops have really mellowed. Delicious.
msbernac (1616) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma-floral, fruits, alcohol
Appearance-ruby, clear, white foam,
Taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness,
Palate-medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
klu9 (347) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barwa rubinowa, klarowne. Piana opada do obrączki, piwo pięknie oblepia szkło. Zapach kokosowy, waniliowy, nie za wyraźny. W smaku doskonałe, 33,3% goryczka, 33,3% słodowość, 33,3% kwaskowość, świetnie zbilansowane.
johnnymusky (845) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from dusty...decent taste....not as much caramel as normal...good but not great...
HeadyDE (696) - Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel brown..decent 1 finger head..nose is figs,honey, molasses, trace of teriyaki sauce..mouthfeel is alright with some full coating and warmth from the almost 9 percent.honey n booze comes through the most here.quite smooth and decadent
Probabeer (119) - - APR 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine bastante bueno. Cuerpo medio. Poco gas. Tiene un aroma que tira a dulce, igual que el sabor que deja al final.
GoufCustom (1433) - HONG KONG - APR 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle at abv 10% bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.
Looks: Translucent amber brown colour with bits of yeast particles; Less than one-quarter finger head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Amber malt, with strong alcohol, moderate Brandy, strong plums, dark fruits, caramel, strong toffee, floral, sugar, earth, spices, yeast and light lemon.
Taste: Mid to strong sweet full Ale malt, with strong caramel, very strong sticky toffee, dark fruits, alcohol, fair liquorices, floral, sugar, spices, lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Full body. Thick and smooth palate.
Mouth Feel: Rich Amber maltyness in a fairly oily but smooth background. Strong sweet sticky toffee up front with strong plums and assorted darks fruits. Very sweet but not cloying. Good floral with notable spices. lemon to round. Kinda simple but very nice!
Booze: At abv 10% it’s alcoholic but not abrasive, only slightly Brandy-like with very low knock-on. Excellent!
Hoppiness: Floral, earth, spices, and light lemon in nose, and the same but stronger in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet bitter malty finish.
Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, boozy and bitter to mouth.
Comments: As Barley Wine, this one fits all the attributes as rich, smooth, toffee-ish, alcoholic, dark fruity and sweet. What’s more, it’s also finely tuned with moderate liquor-ish taste (much lesser than most Strong Belgian Ambree), nice sweetness, and smart spicy citrusy hoppiness. Very suitable for beginners of the style as well as tasters. A very nice sipper to have!
Pedro_Pinho (103) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Turbid brown/red with creamy off white head. Really nice roasted malt and caramel aroma. Smooth taste with a lot of malt sweetness and a well balanced alcohol warm feeling. Very good barley wine.