Embrouille (2825) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 355ml. Appearance: Hazy dark ruby with a small light beige head. The aroma is mainly of molasses, a huge amount of sour apples, acetone, wax, marzipan and raisin. Malt accentuated. Flavor and palate: Sweet malty taste. Very low bitterness. Alcoholic. Buttery. Mediocre malty finish which is reminiscent of raisin. Overall impression: A very poor barley wine.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Six pack. Tastes like chocolate with an extrememely forced alcohol content.
bpreo (1544) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of a nasty taste according to my tongue and taste buds. It is almost as if this beer has been rotting in a fallout shelter since 1939 and there was a hole in the bottle so roaches could piss in it. But that’s what you bargain for when you get a 10% ALC beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky brown, no head whatsoever. Aroma combo of caramel/toffee and paper, big oxidation. Flavor much the same. Oxidation not as prevelant, but there. Cloying. Very cloying.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opaque dark body with a white bubbly head that immediately dissapears. Chocolate cake and red wine in the nose. To me, the flavor was muddled and confusing. There’s a big brandy-like sweetness up front along with some mouth-puckering bitter hops. Finishes with warm alcohol in the throat. Not a very good barleywine.
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank it a couple of days ago (bought a four pack - not sure if that was a good idea right off the bat) so I’m trying to remember much about it. It poured pitch black, ZERO head, and being my first Barley Wine, I’m not sure how to describe it further.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, with thin head that quickly fades. The aroma is clearly malt. The taste is grain alcohol and sweet malt. The alcohol doesn’t hide in this barley wine.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours ruby brown, medium sized tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of floaters. Smells deliciously sweet and big. Eek. Flavor is too syrupy for me. Molasses, caramel, too sweet for my taste. Hops seem lost in the sweet malt finish. Call me stupid, but I prefer a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot to this.
ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with amber highlights. No head but some carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is candied raisins and sugar with a big dose of alcohol. The taste is very bold and upfront with sweetness and a nasty out of balance hops and alcohol lashing at the end. I love big beers but this ones flavor profile seems totally out of whack. I probably should have let it age for awhile. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Nice and smooth and creamy with a great coating effect. Not a barley wine I will buy again.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is sweet and chemical. Deep ruby body with thin off white head and no lacing. Taste is dark, roasted, thinner than expected. Something in the finish is off. Texture is like a scouring pad. Not very smooth or luxurious like many other BWSA’s. A shame really. Not sweet at all, which is a relief, but the chemical flavor is very present.