Barrelbelly (723) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown reddish with small head. Not too overly sweet like a barley wine can be. Candy sugar and caramel, medium carbonation.
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 Nothing beats a good barley wine to close the weekend on a winter night. This one I taste as a vintage beer (best before date has expired by a year) but it being a barley wine, I am completely confident it has aged well. It has a creamy, moussy, densely packed, nicely lacing, yellowish white head and a clear (though misty with deposit), beautiful dark coppery bronze colour with strong fizz. Very powerful, perfumed and absolutely divine aroma, complex, a bit oxidized (which in this style only adds complexity, at least to my personal taste) and shouting "barley wine" all the way through: chocolate liqueur, candied cherries, port wine, gingerbread, fine champagne cognac, apricot jam, vanilla, cocoa powder, banana liqueur, candied orange, roasted chestnuts, caramel candy, cinnamon, honey. Another one I can keep sniffing for hours on end. Taste begins with rounded, candied fruits, sugary but in a noble, refined way, raisins and dates, very slight citrusy acidity just to give a touch of freshness and achieving this very well; full, smooth and vinous mouthfeel, somewhat oily, very rich, deep malt sweetness, caramel, nuts, biscuit and a hint of chocolate, carbonation tingling on the tongue (perhaps more so than usual in the style - the fizz was already an indication). In the finish, a long and drying, citrusy and peppery hop bitterishness comes forward but does not overpower the deliciously rich maltiness or the sugary fruitiness and gets accompanied by warming, bourbon- and brandy-like alcohol which remains, in all, relatively calm and gentle. Delicious sipper, with a lovely, enticing aroma; surely this was hoppier when fresh, but in this aged condition, it bears all the characteristics I expect from a big, mature barley wine.
vipinvelp (3148) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown ruby, light brown foam head. Strong malty aroma, light chocolate notes. Volume taste, malt, licorice, light bitter, high alcohol. Warm feeling. (Velp 201501)
radzik5555 (635) - Gdynia, POLAND - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wygląd: Rubinowo - brunatne, klarowne z iskrą. Obfita, trwała, drobno pęcherzykowa, jasno bezowa piana. Bardzo ładnie firankuje.
Aromat: Intensywny, słodki, połączenie owoców dojrzałych tropikalnych, mango, marakuja z ciemnym pieczywem, miodem, suszonymi owocami (rodzynki, śliwki), nutami sherry, czekoladą i karmelem.
Odczucie: Gęste, pełne, oleiste, z niskim wysyceniem.
Smak: Przypalony spód ciasta, karmel, ciemne pieczywo, słodki alkohol, suszone śliwki, rodzynki, chmiel jest w tle i na finiszu daje niską ziołową goryczkę.
Całość: Świetne Barley Wine ale mogłoby być lekko mniej słodkie. Ciekawy jestem wersji leżakowanej w beczkach.
mecafilo (159) - Perugia, ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours with a very dark red colour, small medium lasting off-white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with complex notes of caramel, fruit, nuts, and softly hoppy. Taste is heavy sweet, soft bitter. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.
Hopmaestro (847) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong from caramels and hops, but you also get some dried fruits in there. The taste is moderate malts with a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, a little vanilla and wood. A nice warmth settles after a few seconds. This is a well balanced and gentle barley wine that I could sip on almost every day. The sweet warmth you get from this, is like a shrouding yourself on a cold winter morning
andriesradu (615) - ROMANIA - NOV 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown-red with no head. Heavy sweet and moderate malty aroma with some sharp alchool notes, light caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet, malty, warm alchoo, light grassy/herbal. Full body
ZupaKino (34) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and well-balanced. Slightly syrupy. Short zing. Bittery malty aftertaste.
Sjohnh (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Powerful, not to be messed with with, and very good. Coppery orange, no head. Thick and oily. Massive fruity nose. Flavours of marmalade, caramel malt and liquorice. Good barley wine - just the one though thanks.
Holmen1 (3920) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kveldens siste på RBHD-samlingen på Tau okt-14: uklar brun med kort beige gardinskum (kanskje fordi jeg fikk slutten på flasken). Aroma&smak av fiken, dadler, rosiner og honning. en godt vurdert anvendelse av humler gjør at det ikke blir klebrig.