41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Real, proper English barley wine that fills a certain void every time. A cakey rum soaked dried pit fruit medley hits the nose. The flavor is warm date butter spread on wheat with that luscious, tender touch of alcohol at the finish. Themouthfeel is full scale whole milk and a wonderful coating effect that tingles and sours the flavor at the back of the mouth. Outstanding. 2007 bottling that I’m enjoying in celebration of my amazing daughters fifth birthday today. Thanks jw lees. 2007 small bottle.
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas beer 4. 2013 vintage Bottle from beersofeurope. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of treacle, alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, almonds, treacle and some alcohol. Very sweet and boozy. Very oily on the palate. Very good stuff.
GODiSSOUTHERN (382) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/24/2010. From bottle. 2009 edition. Dark amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aromas with dried fruit and bready notes. Brown sugar, alcohol, caramel and some earthy flavors. A bit of alcohol burn. Good stuff!
tectactoe (2337) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Thanks, Travis. 1999 vintage. Murky copper body, slightly hazed with a few bubbles that rise to the surface to form a thin, beige collar. No real "head"... Then again, this is about 15 years old. Huge raisin aroma, red licorice, mint leaves, caramelized sugars, sherry, anise, & some stale toffee. Sticky caramel flavor, toffee candy, mild papery oxidation notes, raisins, prunes, boozy sherry & almost Cognac-like warmth. Licorice heavy on the palate, too, almost more like black licorice than red, unlike the aroma. Some burnt sugars in the finish, more heavy dark fruit. Seems a little "stale", front to back, plus oxidation is pretty evident, although not a complete buzz kill. Cool beer, glad to try it but sadly I didn’t love it quite like the masses. Could be the age? Would love to try another vintage, hopefully younger.
RichTheVillan (3531) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from SarkyNorthener cheers Martin; hazy orange/brown pour with a thin off white head, booze and marmalade aroma, taste has rich dark fruits, fig, almost sherry like in flavour, very sweet with caramel, some nutty action, ABV present, perfect autumn beer or winter warmer.
gegwilson (1473) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Booth’s in Ripon. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Full of intense maramalade flavour. Sweet and syrupy at first before the marmalade and caramel notes. Finishes bitter. The alcohol is pleasant and warming. Interesting, different and really good.
phikus (80) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011. This is a lot lighter than any other barleywine i have had.Aroma of raisins caramel and fruit. The taste is toffee like fruitiness, mustiness very little hop presence except for balance. Rather sweet almost cloying. I prefer american barleywines
zimbo (611) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice nose. Still very fresh& pure.Rich. Such density yet still remarkably supple.Such density. So much from the centre. Dark crystalline reddy rich brown. Brown sugar quality with a honey roasted nut quality. So rich. Outstanding.
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2010. Hazy light brown with some suspended matter, small pale head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, dried fruits, orange peel. Full bodied, lightly sticky on the palate, well balanced. Taste is orange peel, caramel, pomegranate flesh, candied apple, brown sugar.
danlo (1334) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle, 2002 vintage, from Tuckers Maltings. Pours a dark copper brown colour with a very thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Sweet malty flavour, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisins, plum and some lingering nutty and earthy grassy light bitter notes. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, residual sweet and dry nutty finish. Very sippable.