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RATINGS: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. Brewed with copious amounts of prized malts and flaked oats, the Barley Wine is so strong that it has to be aged for several months before we can bottle it. Like a fine wine, it will continue to improve with age up to 2 years after bottling (If kept cool).


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (17487) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 2008-02-08, bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen, vintage 2007, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Dark brown color with red shades; thick head. Strong aroma of caramel, some cookies, alcohol too. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; it has a good but monodimensional sweet caramel flavor, loads of it, and the alcohol really warms the mouth as few other beers. The bitterness is balanced. Powerful, good, but no thrills.

2007-08-22, bottle, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Dark brown color; thick head. Creamy aroma, sweet, with some caramel and a touch of wood, maybe very light vanilla. Thick body, a bit oily texture, with a strong caramel flavor, nutty, and a reasonably strong bitterness at the end, when also the alcohol starts burning. Powerful but not special.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2009
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (16053) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2008
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)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15805) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Amber color with yeast, offwhite head. Malty, nutty vinous aroma, some american style hops, vanilla and sweet fruits. Malty, vinous flavor, sweet fruits, raisins, some alcohol, milky and with a nice full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15684) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are sweet caramel, malt and fruits. Good long finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (15199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2011
Clear orange brown with an off-white head. Aroma is very sweet caramel, malty, sugary and alcoholic. Flavor is very sweet. Finish is sweet and warming alcohol. Too sweet. 181010

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15096) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15000) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle at JF’s, Brewdog Online, 07/03/13. Hazed dark chestnut brown with a thin off white head that clears to the edge. Nose is dark toffee, brown sugars, raisens, dark fruits, light yeast. Taste comprises brown sugar, toffee, dates, raisens, caramelised sugar, booze. Full bodied with moderate carbonation leading to a sweet and boozey finish. A decent barleywine, the alcohol is well integrated for 10%+.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14900) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2008
Bottled
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!


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