jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours dark brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma and flavor are sweet, a little too sweet for a barleywine, in my opinion. Had that quality about it that leaves the glass very sticky by the end of the experience. For that reason alone, I don’t think I could recommend this beer as a good selection.
andriesradu (513) - 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 (10) - 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 (218) - 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 (2688) - 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.
kapusil (627) - HUNGARY - OCT 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle. Very dark orangish ruby body, off-white head. The aroma reminds me of a very strong doppelbock. Strong roasted malt and dark fruit character escorted by some caramel and even some chocolate. The high alcohol content is quite obvious, but not in a disturbing way. The taste is pretty much what the aroma suggests: roasted malts, toast, dark fruits and chocolate with noticable booze. Medium-full body with quite lively carbonation. Very nice beer.
Sigmund (5259) - 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 (2883) - 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 (1145) - 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 (6019) - 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 (914) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 ]