FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Dark ruby with an orange hue. Tiny, foamy, bubbly, off-white head. The head doesn’t stick around very long leaving a thin lace.
S - Nice old ale aroma with burnt caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Also some spice, hints of dark fruit, berry, and apple. There is a slight alcohol aroma along with a very faint phenol aroma. There is some sherry/port aroma but it doesn’t dominate for a 12-13 year old old ale.
T - Raisin, burnt caramel, toffee, and butterscotch are the biggest providers of the flavor. Some other faint dark fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. My major problem is that it doesn’t last long enough. Fairly sweet with a slight spice kick.
M - Medium body with low carbonation (to be expected) and fairly slick, oily feel.
D - Goes down easy, and it is a nice drink. Not quite as full or big in flavors as I was expecting. Definitely wouldn’t have more than one in a night, but it is nice.
Notes: Didn’t see a date but I was told it was ’98 and from other reviews that looks right. Decent old ale, but nothing to write home about. Sweet dark fruit and some alcohol provide the most flavor. Lacks a bit of the fullness and complexity that I would expect from a 12-13 year old ale. I liked it, and it had some regular old ale aspects, but it is nothing special and didn’t show the complexity that can come with aging some old ales.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3374-20100904] 9.3floz bottle. Not much aroma, some mild fruit malt and stinky peat. Slightly hazy, dark brown amber body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Roasted fruit skins flavour with peach hints. Medium-full boozy body. Good.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Copper hued amber, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing. Soft barnish biscuity malt aroma, slight pale fruit as well. Semi-sweet start, fruity in the apple/pear sense. On the malty side, very little hop presense. Has this really musty sweet basement aroma. It also seems a little spicy. Comes across as a sweet malty somewhat fruity Barley Wine. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Clean, lighter more fruity example of a Barley Wine. Not a hop oriented one thats for sure. Its also not as heavy as other English examples. Decent, clean, but more of an English Strong.
rand (1110) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 275 ml from Slijterij van Bergen in Eindhoven (NL). Amber red with a thin head with big bubbles, otherwise flat. Nose alcohol and molasses, fig and cognac notes. The mouth is syrupy, sticky burned toffy, with plum, dried fruit, Madeira. Cordial, warm and heavy, of course, it is liqueur-like, long in final malted, bitter and heady. With Stilton is an Alleluia.
berkshirejohn (3955) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. ABV 8.1% Bright golden amber with a ring of white head; rich aroma of barley sugar, and apricots; thick oily texture, more barley sugar and caramel flavours, but not too sweet; with a rich vinous finish. An excellent barley wine.
Jonte (1385) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 275 ml, 8.1% vol. Thanks to Mes. The bottle looks a few years old. Reddish brown colour with a beige head. Sweet & malty, vinous, fruity, caramel, jam, berries, earth, nuts, a bit of bitterness just to balance all the malt. Tasty with cheese. A very nice barley wine! My 1000th rating.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from? I don’t know but easily over a year and half old. Wow! What a cool beer this is, took me completely by surprise. Pours a fairly flat somewhat viscous brown with a minimal bubbly head. Aroma is lovely nutty, rich booze accents the nuttiness, just a hint of buttery toffee, not much fruit, really an extraordinary toffee aroma, not in a overly diacetyl way though. Flavor follows, nice rich nutty flavor, toffee, very smooth, 8% is a nice abv for this and seems to fit perfectly, some subtle cotton candy flavors, brown sugar, bit of fruit cake, raisins, touch of coffee, this is just plain delicious, very balanced and isn’t cloying like similar English BW. Medium bodied, a bit gritty, basically no carbonation, not too viscous and stays drinkable, very drinkable. Great beer!!!
Vignale (1626) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Någonstans mellan en strong ale och en barley wine. Maltigt söt kropp med toffee och sirapslimpa som bryts av med en för kategorin ganska oväntad beska med lång eftersmak.
drjay44 (2333) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275 ml. bottle. 8.1% ABV. Pours a minimal light beige head over a clear amber (SRM 8) body....nose is raisin, dried cherry, fig, molasses, brown sugar, hint of juniper berry....taste is sweet malts, with brown sugar, caramel/toffee, light raisin, fig minimal bitterness, slightly hot on the finish....mouth feel is thick, carbonation low. This is a sweet Barley Wine, and is rather lightly hopped compared to many. It is a classic English Barley Wine. BJCP 8/3/15/5/8
jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour in the glass. Almost no head. Taste is very strong alcohol, brown sugars and molasses. Rated 2/23/03