Sigmund (5830) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 330 ml bottle at local tasting. Beautiful deep red colour, low off-white head. Moderate aroma with notes of dark dried fruits, hints of oak, dust and alcohol. The body is somewhat lighter than expected, which makes the beer quite drinkable. Medium sweet, nicely balanced with the hops.
abemorsten (3288) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,33 l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Clear deep copper colored body with a short lived light brown film lingering as a rim. Dates, prunes and honey notes on the nose. Malty sweetness balanced with a light papery bitterness and alco warmth. Full bodied.
Holmen2 (1978) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD gathering at Tau 18.10.14. Clear copper. Small, pale brown head. Aroma of sweetness, dried fruit and spices. Also dates and chocolate in taste.
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"a little harsh from the alcohol (which is not hidden particularly well)...otherwise a pretty solid interpretation of the english style, but there are so many better examples, i won’t be back for this one either."
eduardovl (1117) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 355ml bottle poured into a chalice.
Very fair Barley Wine. And I have to admit: I love Barley Wine beers! They are so "intense" beers, in many aspects.
A: Beautiful art work (Flying Dog beers are special in these regards). Beautiful cloudy amber color with a very thin head
S: Pure pleasure. Sweet. malty and fruits (grapes mainly). Perfume hops. Alcohol in the end (10.5% ABV is usually impossible to be imperceptive)
T: Caramel malt (fresh malts!). Hoppy as a good American Barley Wine should be. Molasses with some cask notes in the end
M: Liquorous medium to heavy body. Medium to low carbonation. Bitter start with good bitterness retention
D: The first time I’ve had this beer, it was in the Delirium CafÃ© (in Belgium) and I’ve underestimated it’s drinkability. As a matter of fact, today, in the comfort of home, I feel like I could easily drink more 2 bottles before falling down... :)
[ BA Review @ 2/4/2010 ]
BagerPL (124) - - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lepsze ni? nogne barley wine. Stonowana alkoholowosc i goryczka. Lekko owocowy aromat.
JLDC (85) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour: coffee-like brown with a thin beige head.
Nose: loads of fruits (plums, apricot). Notes of roasted malts, raisins and oak. Wheat toast and yeast.
Flavours: slightly smoky, forest fruits return. Vanilla, licorice, chocolade, candy sugar. Hints of alcoholic content.
Finish: long and lingering. More alcoholic, but nicely balanced.
Verdict: very nice barley wine. Really balanced.
Melker (244) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Ölrepubliken. Served in a tumbler. Big aroma of dark fruits like plum and raisins. Citrus is in there along with caramel and wood. The sweetness is huge you can almost smell it. Bitter. A bit too fruity but still a great beer.
Ktwse (2879) - SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear reddish copper with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, raisins, corinthians. Taste is sweet, slightly boozy, raisins, dates and figs, lightly bitter boozy finish. Medium to rich body with soft carbonation.
Hanoi (636) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is malt, yeast, caramel, burnt toffee. A little underwhelming. Taste brown sugar, licorice, slight herbs, leading to liquor, dark fruits, dates, spice and slight hoppyness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good.
An excellent new world Barley Wine.