SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the night before i headed to my first GABF .. . deep brown .. mild foam .. . rich malt, boozy bread, and dark toffee .. . solid mouth and a mild sweet boozy finish .. . a fantastic barleywine, would do well in a barrel .. . . If you tell me to make myself at home, I’m going to pee in your trash can, it’s what I do.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
355ml bottle. Amber pour, soapy off-whit head. Scent is booze, perfume, caramel soy, slight balsamic, bread. Flavor is burnt sugar, booze, medium/persisting bitterness, caramel, some floral herbal hops, not really my type of barleywine, just too many off-notes.
libertine (232) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy dark burgundy, sediment floating in my snifter with a thin white head. aroma is fantastic. Burnt sugar, dark fruit,molasses and light resin. Flavor is more intense on the hops than you get from the aroma. light citrus, candied sugars,plum, resinous. full bodied. oily/slick mouth feel. Big dry bitter finish. Fantastic.
NeuroPliny (162) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy mahogany in colour with a quickly fading off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, citrus, dried apricot, and peach nectar. Flavour is hoppy grapefruit, burnt malts, brown sugar, peach, and spices. Wonderful barley wine!
ALLOVATE (2475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Low pfffft as the cap came off and then lowly, doughy malts shine on first whiff. At cellar temperaturee and into a stunted tulip it pour wonderfully; viscous but with a good head of foam that is tight and wielding. The body a hazy, deep chestnut and seemingly still. ’American Barley Wine’, why is that on the label. This is classic English. Boozy, sherry, almond and toffee notes dominate the heated and spiced, vinous and plump fruit nose. Palate is simiar. Smooth meets oily mouthfeel; rounded and bountiful in spice, alcohol and malt. There is a little twigginess to it hinting at dry hopping or the like but this is all malt and yeast. Slow sipping caution. It does go down easier than my brain could function. Its length fades but persist at another mouthful. Though I like it, it definitely lacks in the complex, sit and ponder, department. A rare for me at liking Evil Twin, but I do like this one. Keep it simple!!! (12fl.Oz, bottled 12/03/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
fiulijn (15330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle, bottled 01/20/14
Dark re-amber color, hazy, with large creamy head. At first ot has the aroma of a fruity Barley Wine, but it turns a bit into something more dusty and with traces of vegetables. Good body strength; the mouthfeel is very smooth, for the style; the flavor is based too much on dark caramel, and not enough clean malt; too bitter, maybe with some chicory bitterness too, and a fair amount of hop resins, and some bitter orange; high alcohol perception.
Hop-lacerating American Strong Ale, chaotic; I don’t share the purpose.
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium creamy head dark misty brown pour aromas pine caramel citrus toffee the flavours honey toffee pine grapefruit a dryness very pleasing touch peach strong bitter caramel good balance with a comforting sweetness to the bitter stewed fruit the finish excellent Barley Wine best aftertastes fruits all round bitter pine malt sweetness finish cracking stuff
gyllenbock (5031) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Reddish/brown with a small head. On the sweet side with malt, dried fruit, hops, grapefruit, some warming alcohol. The body was thick. A pleasant one to sip.
Hermod (3458) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle @ Nk bar. Bottled 03/12/14.mahogany color, thin off white head. Raisins, hops, bread and sweetness in aroma. Heavy stuff. Full bodied, oily and quite sticky. Alcohol burn. Plums, bread, sweetness , hops. Bitter, sweet finish.
jookos (2624) - FINLAND - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@nkbar. Amber red, unfiltered. Light plummy rich deep caramel malts, some herbal hops. Full bodied, quite bitter, herbal. Ok barley wine, but not the best. Very bitter, bit harsh. Flavourful though.