GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 [can from ASDA] Sticky caramel and alcohol aroma. thick cloying palate, lots of alcohol burn. OOOHHH, ITS THE DEEP BURNN!
DuffMan (5776) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Wow! My original rating was from two-and-a-half years ago, and I think I was a little naive then. This is pure piss really, more a malt liquor than a barley wine, irregardless of whether it was featured in Michael Jackson’s highly respected tome. MY ORIGINAL THOUGHTS: "Can. Deep orange amber, big pillowy head. Apples and corn syrup and alcohol aromas. I found it cloying and harsh after having less than a third of the can. Not my favourite style to begin with, and certainly not my first choice within the small number of barley wines I’ve tried.
yngwie (11749) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Bottled. Donít know if it is the brewery or the lack of cellaring, but this fresh bottle is too much on the alcohol side. Other than that, it is a little sharper on the edges, but the aroma and flavor is very much the same. My rating on the fresh bottled would be 6-3-6-4-13-3.2. (060712)
Bottled. I had this one in my celler for a couple of years, and before that it has been in two other cellars where it has probably been stored at almost room-temperature. Thereís no date-marking on the bottled, itís very dusty, and Whitbread is noted as brewer. The aroma is lovely, almost like a discount-version of Thomas Hardy. Sweet malts, prunes and alcohol is the most noticables. It looks pleasant with its copper color and an almost non-existing off-white head. It has some floaties, and I donít think that looks too good, but it is as expected. It has a vinous and yet sweet flavor, light roasted, burnt sugar and alcohol. A bit too much on the alcohol, though. Sweet, medium to full body and an strong but yet mellow alcohol finish. Definately not one to quench thirst with, but sitting down by the fire with it is nice. (060116)
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head; clear brown body. Strong harmonic aroma of lacquer and sherry. Strong taste of fruit, perhaps apple, and port. No aftertaste to speak of. Slight bitterness. Very nice. One to sip. (On bottle.)
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I really was expecting a monstrosity here, however was just not bad insted. Aroma is sweet with some malty hay notes and alcohol. Taste is similarly sweet with a sort of woody grassy character, but alcohol dominates quite a bit.
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2005
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
It smells like christmas pudding, that could be cos we put it in christmas pudding, which is why, ho ho, smells kinda funny, my dad can drink it like pour it down, he is a crazy.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2005
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
9.5% can, the concept interests me, Iíve enjoyed a few canned beers in the last month. An off-white head forms atop the totally clear strawy amber and shows insanely quick about its departure. Big grain nose, one-dimensional, strawy, floral and very unrefined. Sweet grassiness overtakes the mouth upon entrance. Few flavors manage to come through, heavily filtration and poor blending at work here. Worty yet rather fizzy, vaporous, fruity, raw and unfinished. This is pretty much a malt liquor, sweet and strong, yet bland.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Bit apprehensive about any beer, let alone a Barley wine, sold in stumpy cans. Told it was a decent drop by the boys at the International beer shop, W. Leederville, so I had to oblige for a tasting. Poured into a chalice at around room temperature. Itís the middle of winter here in OZ, so itís absolutely freezing at night and I was hoping this one would warm me up. Poured a clear deep copper-orange with a thin dense pad of white foam, that took a good ten minutes to form. Head lasted the distance and left a little lace. Strong spicy and slightly medicinal, burnt sugar nose with an underlying grassy and metallic note. Similar in the mouth with what seemed a mix of cough medicine, íhumbugí candy and grassy hops. Medium in body and light in carbonation. Velvety in mouth feel, it was very sweet and seemed to leave a sugary layer on my teeth and gums. Finish is rather short with a bitter grassy edge in the back before a malty and warming swallow. This wasnít too bad overall as it seemed to show reasonable balance and control over the alcohol. Still, a little undemanding for a Barley wine and from InBev U.K., I didnít expect anything more!!.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber caramel, with absolutely no head.
Mostly harsh alcoholic vapors, but somewhere in the boozy haze I was able to perceive what I could only describe as "British style hops", to give it a very medicinal aroma altogether.
Some herbal bitterness, but the hooch is just too strong. I thought it was a little too attenuated, it didnít have any malt profile or residual sweetness youíd come to expect from this style. From a canned Barleywine, I didnít expect much, but it could have been worse I guess.
scotty (1014) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Victoria Wine. Deep copper/gold, no head though. Rich malty/alcoholic aroma quite heady stuff. Full bodied and typically sweet and malty, lacks a bit of character but itís not bad really. Finish doesnít amount to much, leaves a slightly harsh/bitter edge on the tongue. One small thing ...didnít this used to be 10.5%alcohol when Whitbread made it...just wondered!