teorn88 (5144) - London, Greater London, - OCT 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
27.5cl bottle from Utobeer, London. 2010 vintage. It pours a slightly hazy amber/ruby colour with no head to speak. Only a tiny ring of beige bubbles that dissipate quickly. Some small floaties. First impression: I’m in for a treat. This beer smells so complex. Toffee, caramel, port wine, cognac and cherries, sherry-like. And more. Some wood and charcoal, but most of all this smell like a blend of port wine with some cognac. Amazing. Taste is complex as well but partly different. You still get the sweet toffee notes, with caramel, port and cognac. Cherry liquor as well. But there’s a bitterness-astringency similar to coffee beans and roasted wood. Cocoa nibs in the taste as well. Body is full and oily with soft carbonation. This is not a good dessert, this is beyond dessert. Outstanding beverage.
JulienHuxley (5207) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, 1992 vintage. Hazy amber pour with no head. Aroma is super dusty, cardboard. Taste is dusty, oxidized, cardboard. Palate is med bodied with very light carbonation.
migwell (209) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not a fan of barley wine, but my friend Jun sprang for a bottle of this at the Foundry and shared it, not sure of the vintage but it was billed as a Calvados blend, and was quite a wonderful blend of flavors,. Apple and pears up front, creating a strong and surprising aroma. Some sweetness, lots of alcohol, very full bodied and pleasantly complex. Unless I’ve been misinformed (as I rarely am at the Foundry) the blending of Lee’s Harvest Ale includes different adjuncts each time it is brewed, so that each years product can differ markedly from any others. Definitely a keeper, and an extraordinary addition to the diversity of global brewing. Good on you, Lee’s!
chinchill (3590) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a cask of 2015 vintage at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival.
Sweet and near cloying but acceptable given style and ABV.
High ABV is not hidden but the ale is not hot.
Complex aroma is better than the flavor which would probably benefit from some aging.
Theydon_Bois (15000) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, 23/01/16.
Lightly hazed orange amber with a decent off white covering.
Nose is light spice, caramel fudge, dried fruits, dates.
Taste comprises sticky toffee pudding, caramelised brown sugar, figs, sweet licks, earthy stewed fruits, treacle toffee pie.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close, warming alcohol in a boost fuelled curtain call.
Good boost for bucke affair.
solidfunk (6480) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some caramel and some molasses. Candied apple and tangerine. Hazy maroon pour without much head. Very Sweet finish. Some plum and booze. Cask at churchkey.
Beersiveknown (4664) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle at home from ales by mail
rich, honey, molasses, sweet, full bodied, multi-layered complex rich sweet maltiness whilst not heavy, a true dessert barley wine. Have a second bottle I’ll keep another few years
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 vintage. On tap at Station House, Forest Hills. Pours malty golden, fairly dark, large head confiding the abv. Aroma is malt, caramel, booze, oak, toffee. Not bad. Flavor is boozy, oaky, caramel, and just so much English malt. Slightly bitter hop finish but not much. English Barleywine to the max here.
mansquito (4649) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Adelphi Wine and Spirits, East Brunswick New Jersey bottle: I got the limited edition 2003 version in a bottle that looks different than your standard JW Lees, so I am guessing that this is something that they had aging at the brewery and rebottled or redistributed it recently. In any case, this pours a very murky brown with almost no head and a lot of sediment... As expected. Aroma is dark fruits... Basically got your raisins and prunes in there. Liquer and booze also are in there. Taste is quite sweet with a bit of the hop character still noticable deep in the background. The booze is covered by the immense amounts of sugar. Bodyis quite heavy. There isba definite woodiness to it. Taking a large sip makes the flavor nearly overwhelming. Quitw large. Or as British drum and bass DJs say: massive. I do not think I would want to drink more than one of these. Makes the skin tingle.
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium copper color with a finger of white foam. Lots of sweet caramel, honey, sugar cookies, toffee, some wet leaves and earthy bitterness linger in the finish. A bit sweet and one note here but alcohol is hidden nicely and with the right pairing I could see this one shining a bit better.
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a completely murky peach caramel color with a cream colored, well-retaining head. Caramel and fermenting apple on the nose. Thick with some fine carbonation. Rich caramel flavor with moderately tart red apple, sherry coming through prominently.