DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one of these syrupy concoctions of the Brits - I poured this one into a snifter...there’s something gross about pouring a full bottle of headless brown fluid into say, a pilsener or pint ale glass. The color is, like peat bog brown. I rather liked this beer. It packs the expected heavy malt punch. Mine must have been old ’cause hops were definitely in the background, whereas the deScription says heavily hopped. Low carbonation. The bottle says to check the bottle cap for dates, etc., but my cap said CKN, not terribly helpful. I bought it in summer so I know its not new. Anyway, I like these sweet, strong English ales to be lightly hopped so I was happy. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, prunes (call ’em dried plums), and orange peel complement the maltiness. Finishes w. enough hoppiness to clean the palate. Pretty good.
scooterbub (932) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin than head that coats the class. Taste is of malt, spices, caramel, ginger, molasses, fruits and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a good body. Overall, a good, seasonal beer.
AdiBeer (2414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: intense caramel malt, molasses, bread, a touch of wood. Appearance: clear, dark brown, very small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: caramel malts, toffee, molasses, flat carbonation, great malts, a touch of dark fruits. Overall: OK Barley Wine, niche sweetness, lacks complexity. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.
obguthr (4905) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Treacle nose. Clear chestnut, headless. Treacle and walnut. Medium head, soft carbonation. Very nice and ages well.
nybol (367) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fin smag af jul, uden at det går over i brunkage. Den har en del humle for en engelsk øl.
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/5/2007 3:04:02 PM Bottle at home. Sweet and spicy barley wine. Pumpkiny, with slight chocolate and caramel flavour. Hoppy with a sugary finish. Probably very good during the holiday season.
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Royal Oak. Pretty brown-orange color, clear, with a low head. Fruity, malty nose, treacle, English hops, tobacco, cherry, peach, herbs. Excellent character. Lovely stuff.
Jow (2909) - New York, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home on nicest day of spring which I’ll count as a Christmas present so this is appropriate. Pours fine amber thin head. Nose is some molasses and dark fruit. Tastes of molasses, malt, yeasty, plum, sour cherry, green raisins, caramel, hint of cough syrup. Sweet but not cloying boozy but not harsh.
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Ashton McCobb. Pours clear ruby. Aroma is that stuffy Harveys malt/yeast, some berries and caramel, slightly sweet. Taste is sweet, caramel but also that unpleasant stuffy malts.
AshtonMcCobb (4201) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Harvey’s online shop.
Appearance - deep amber red with a decent head.
Nose - orange peel, cake and toffee.
Taste - toffee and orange. Then caramel or honey.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a long tangy finish.
Overall - that’s like a barley wine.
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Ashton McCobb and nihtila. Pours clear amber gold, thin white head. Aromas of light spice, toffee, sugar. Taste is sweet, orange peel. Sweet finish. Better than most of theirs.