gyllenbock (5012) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2013.
Almost clear dark brown with a small head. A lot of malt in this one. Also dried fruit, oak. toffee, choclate and some alcohol. A great beer to sip.
Ferris (4964) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Alcohol, licorice, molasses, dark roast and sweet dark fruit barrel notes. Jet brown with a thin rich light brown head. Molasses, soy, licorice and chocolate. Finishes nice and sweet with a bit of barrel and burn on the throat. Great oily mouth feel and everything in balance. A bit darker in look and flavor, but still really good. This is much better than the back room.
reebtogi (4362) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours a deep amber brown color with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits with some yeast and smoke. Taste is a fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness with a smoky finish. Medium to heavy body with light carbonation. A nicely done barley wine that is worth checking out.
jkwood04 (4153) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a teku. Pours hazy brown with a small, beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and some light chocolate malts, some barrels and port wine, notes of dark fruits, some light bitterness, and light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smooth texture. A solid barley wine.
tiong (4009) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Bierkompass
Vertical with Back Room (Port version) - Pours dark reddish brown with a small bubbly head. Aroma of vinous notes, berries, caramely malts, sweet syrup and wood. Taste is sweet, sticky, malty and woody with notes of berries, vinous notes, syrup and caramely toffee. Finish is sweet, syrupy and woody with hints of vinous berries. A lot more heavier and sweeter than the port version.
Pyrmir (3527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma of plums, vinous alcohol, caramel, roasted notes and bread. Taste is malty, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, vinous alcohol, wood. Long lingering finish. NIce
theisti (3295) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8 oz draft at TÝrst, poured in a White wine glass. The pour is a deep brown, almost black with a think one inch khaki head that was firm and lasting. The aroma is big sweet malt, roast, almost char, and a decent amount of alcohol booziness. The taste is big on the sweetness, which shows as more of a chocolate caramel in the taste, though the more traditional malt sweetness is present as well. I also pick a wood - grain type flavor which is a bit hard to describe. The big booze is present, particularly in the lingering finish. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, though the mouth feel has some slickness which lightens the finish considerably. Low carbonation rate, and of course the sweet alcohol heat. I am not a huge fan of big, boozy sweet beers, and this was certainly one of them.
tom10101 (3074) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330 ml). From kbudd19, thanks man! Dark reddish brown with a small ring of beige foam and no lacing. Aroma is sweet with grapes, plums, molasses, caramel, boozy, raisins, winey notes and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with grapes/raisins, dark fruits (mostly plums, but also dark cherries), molasses, caramel, chocolate, port-like notes and a warming finish. Medium/full body. Low carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. I prefered the Back Room to this one. A little to sweet and boozy, which doesnít help the balance. Quite complex. Good barrel-aged Barley Wine.
rederic (3062) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, dark ruby-burggundy color, with a bubbly tan-colored head, with a mild fruity yeast, plum juice, toffee, fruitcake, sweet phenolic boozy port wine nose, with some dark dried fruit, raisin pie, molasses, candied berry, brown chocolate accents, and a biscuity, toasted, caramel, roasted malt, raisin, brown sugar note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth yeasty, sweet fruity dried dark raisin, fig, plum date, syrupy liquorish port wine, brown sugar, sugar pie, raisin pie, fruitcake, molasses character with some roasted, chocolate, toasted, biscuity, caramelized malty, faint black coffee flavors, leading towards a warming yeasty, sweet port wine liquor, fruitcake, prune juice, faint coffee, fruity dried date, fig, dark brown sugar, lingering toasted, chocolate, caramelized, biscuity maltiness finish.
DialSquare (2906) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Proof (sorry, didnít get down who brought it, but thanks!): dark fruit, leather aroma. tastes sweet, oak, vanilla, roasted malt - good balance - background boozy warmth. nice. 7.8