yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2007 vintage. It pours a nice ruby body, clear but hard to see through, with a minimal biege head. More just a broad ring of bubbles actually. When pouring, it’s not hard to detect it’s a barley wine, one can sense that it’s going to be a warming, sweet and hoppy beer. When sticking my nose into the glass, it sends out aromas of sweetish maltyness, dried fruits and dark berries, a cute little licorice scent, some hops, but not very much, and there’s a touch of bread too. In the mouth, the alcohol is very present, but in a pleasant way, due to the sticky sweetness? It has some syrupy qualities in the mouth. There’s also dried fruits and some berries, and a little bitterness from the hops, but it’s far from dominating. Some notes of pine and citrus though. A bready, roasted flavor and some licorice is also found, but that’s just in the background. It finishes rather sweet and malty, with the alcohol warming for a long time, suiting this cold May evening very well. Even though I like my barley wines low on hops, a little bit more wouldn’t hurt. But no problem, the beer works just fine, and gave me a nice half an hour of joy. Be sure not to serve it too cold, it needs some temperature to open up(080520)
Travlr (14698) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of figs, prunes. Taste is sweet, malty, fruity. Nice.
harrisoni (14609) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Hazy ruby colour. Not sure that many hops really work with the malts which are syrupy nor the alcohol. Bit soapy on aroma. Hot alcohol and then some syrup and some very thing bitterness. Not a great barley wine. After JW Lees Harvest ale 2003, this is a bit uncultured and a bruiser. Hops are too metallic. fruit comes from the syrupy malts. Poor for its style. Would I have it again? No.
saxo (14434) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are sweet caramel, malt and fruits. Good long finish.
Dedollewaitor (14338) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle says "vintage??" Amber brown with fast disappearing white head. Aroma is sweet sugar, malts, hops, bread & cookies. Sweet spicy warm, sticky & a bit alcohol burning. However alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. Nice lacings. Very well balanced. Complex barley wine & still easy drinkable. Wauw!
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Dark dark red/brown - small offwhite head. Aroma: Brown sugar, syrup, raisins, dried dark fruits, light hoppy bitterness, grassy. Taste: Barley, sweetness, brown sugar, dark bread, citrus, light woody. Nice - not much obvious alcohol just a light alcho-burn !!
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Good caramelly sugar aroma, some alcohol, hint of grassy hops. Deep dark red/brown with small floaties. The flavour is very sweet, caramelly, slightly roasted. Slightly rough finish, probably both from alcohol and hops, but good. Too sweet, though.
TBone (13536) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby color, small floating yeast particles, small off-white head. Hoppy, berry-like, bready aroma. Licorice, sweet liquer and barley in the flavor. Very smooth, enjoyable liquerish mouthfeel. Me likes!
Leighton (13254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 A big, big beer. Poured a rich amber color with a medium off-white head. Nice malt aroma gives way to a sweet, balanced blend of malt and hops. Quite smooth, low carbonation. Really tasty.
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2003 Completely muddled. Terrible structure problems, as alcohol, green apples and poorly extracted malts compete for attention. And where are the hops? Finishes like a durian smells.