Rune (7775) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle picked up at Sainsburys, TCR, London. Deep mahogany body covered by a thin layer, displaying nice laceworks. Dark fruity and nutty aroma. Pungent hop resin in flavour supported by anise and berries. Moderate bitter ending with a noticeable touch of alcohol. Perfect transition from smell to taste. Full bodied (a joy to drink at my hotel room, St Giles 30.04.2008)
thebeertourist (4761) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Artillery Arms, London. Pours amber with a medium yellowish head. Quite flowery hop aroma. Fruity, nutty and perfumy flavours, matched by good bitterness. Medium carbonation, quite full-bodied. Delicious.
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Fitting toast to Beckhamís anticlimactic 100th cap in Paris. Bronze ringed with white. Some enticing stemmy green orange/juniper hop notes on the nose, sweetly citrussy with plenty of caramelised malt back-up a bit like a mellow IPA. Flavour marred by too much coarse antiseptic alcohol, whiskeyish booze, and (agian) a dead lingering bitterness presumably the by-product of filtering/pasteurisation. Completely unaromatic. If thatís a word. Vaguely pleasant toffeeish notes, but smothered with sickly, buttery almond (ethanol). A very fine line indeed between this and Bavaria Red/RIP/ Exterminator-type malt liquors served in a brown paper bag. Dead barley wine ruined by pasteurisation and too much booze. I couldnít finish it.
Blom (831) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful dark amber (almost reddish) with an off wihte head. Sweet aroma of peach, caramel and melon. The alcohol is quit aggresive and warming in a vineous way and there are a lot of malty woody notes, nuts and toffee. The bitterness keeps it from being too much, but nevertheless you should be a couple of guys sharing it.
Fukito (733) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, november 07. Clear copper color with some light orange hues and a thick, creamy, beige head. Nice sherry, plums, cake, fruity aroma. Fruity alcoholic flavor, some fruit cake, toffee notes. Nice and tasty. Quite drinkable for such a strong beer. Medium to full mouthfeel, thick but moreish. A bit rough and with a short aftertaste but enjoyable nonetheless. Rich, warming and enjoyable barley wine.
Borup (5676) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of dried fruit, malt, hops, bread and fruit.
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was sampled alongside the 2006 and 2007 vintage ales and the effects of pasteurisation were all too apparent. Deep copper coloured with a slight, off-white head. Very sweet aroma of barley sugar and toffee with a hint of grassy hop. The flavour was of boiled sweets with some redeeming hops and a short bitter finish. Ok, but lacking the complexity of the vintage ales.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut colour with a small head. Aroma of burnt sugar, citrus and dried fruit. Sweet, rich flavour of fruit and malt. Full bodied mouthfeel. A good strong ale, worth savouring.
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small light creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Clear amber / golden like color. Good display of lacework. Aroma of citrus, floral, elderflower, caramel, bread and grain. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Very well balanced moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Light dry and bitter-sweet finish. Quit nice and very drinkable.
danielyabu (1142) - Uni„o da Vitůria, BRAZIL - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 average frothy off white head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. clear amber thin body. aroma: caramel, moderta melt, milk chocolate, frutas vermelhas. if: meavy bitter moderate sweet. ff: harsh bitter, moderate sweet. long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation and metallic and medium alcoholic finish (8.5abv). gosto frutas vermelhas, otimo amargor lupulo, diferenciada, toques mel. 350s.