mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 330ml ($3): 2009 bottle. Pours a brownish murk with a small head. Aroma is boozy, sugary, malty, and cakish. Taste is slightly boozy. Rather sweet. Mouthfeel is much lighter than expected. This ain’t that good of a barley wine. The extra years didn’t seem to mellow out the booze taste, but whatever, it was actually pretty easy to drink and that ain’t ever a bad thing.
fletchfighters (1036) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Baggio for the bottle
Dark orange brown color, half finger of off white head that went to nada very quickly. Obvious ABV legs.
nose is of dried salted pork, quite odd but nice. Underneith the pork nose was dried cherries, strawberries, apricots and a lot of near burnt caramel. Big nose.
Big and rich taste and feel. Still a bit of pork taste but big caramel backbone followed by stone fruits . Big bodied, obvious alcohol, and low carbonation.
jredmond (5245) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2009 vintage (11.5%) shared with Linh at spuyten duvil. Pours a hazy amber body with no head, light white lacing. Aroma is agave syrup, apples, subtle maple and lots of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and almost chewy with notes of sugary fruit syrup, light alcohol, earthy barley and a light bitter, semi harsh finish.
Frallan (33) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice toffee aroma with a thin lace. Nice taste with some taste of marzipan. Color is hazy bronze/amber.
AndySnow (2857) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Hazy amber colour with a small white head. Caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavour.
kryon (1332) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours muddy brown with low off white head
Almost vinuous port wine like aromas. Raisins, mud, dark berries
Sweet and almost fermented. A lot of raisins some cherries. Low bitterness a bit abrupt endind but all in all highly enjoyable
nick76 (4173) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very sweet and alcoholic with dark fruit and caramel. The appearance is cloudy amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma and packs quite a punch both in alcohol and bitterness. The palate is average. Overall not one of my favorite barley wines but not bad.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Light amber with little head. Sticky sweet malty, vanilla and toffee notes, strong alcohol aftertaste.
rarbring (1255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 A clear deep chestnut amber brew, an off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.
Smelling of toffee, muffin batter, butter scotch, nuts and almonds. Some vanilla.
Starting with brown bread, brown sugar, syrup, dates, raisins, sherry, some bitter orange peel. Eggnog.
Medium carbonation, small bubbles, smooth, oily, sticky. A warm feeling (of alcohol), a big body.
A very sweet and warm barley wine. A real candy shot. Wonder how it will mature?
Bottle 330 ml. This was the 2010 vintage, 10% ABV.
SaintMatty (5095) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle - Hazy copper with a small head. Marzipan, raisins, fruit cake, leather and malt in the aroma. Fruity, sweet and malty taste with notes of Christmas cake, spice, raisins, malt and nuts. Easy to drink, yet full of body. Its taste belies its ABV. I have another bottle of this in my ’cellar’ and look forward to seeing how it matures. It is certainly very enjoyable and impressive at this stage.