MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, - OCT 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml. Poured hazy dark burnt bronze with a small, frothy, tanned head which was fully diminishing. A complex and rich aroma with fruitcake dunked in brandy, caramelized dates, figs, sultana’s, dried apricots, dark chocolate and allspice. Flavor was quite smooth with a mild bitterness, sticky toffee malts, dried mixed fruits, dark chocolate, caramelized dates, currents, muscatels, pepper, allspice and light notes of powdered ginger. Noticeable alcohol content. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation, a syrupy texture and a great length finish.
Hopmaestro (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong from caramels and hops, but you also get some dried fruits in there. The taste is moderate malts with a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, a little vanilla and wood. A nice warmth settles after a few seconds. This is a well balanced and gentle barley wine that I could sip on almost every day. The sweet warmth you get from this, is like a shrouding yourself on a cold winter morning
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 (11) - 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 (220) - 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 (2705) - 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 (628) - 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 (5273) - 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 (1162) - 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 (6031) - 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."