SamP01 (611) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ruby amber on the pour with a small short lived head. Aroma is very fruity, with a bouquet of dark fruits, plums, dates, some yeast, caramel malt, and sweet alcohol esters are present, almost like a brandy. Taste is caramel malt, yeast, dark fruits, plums, dates and some light bitterness. Palate is a full body with a rich creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, dates, plums, maybe some light chocolate notes, ending with some sweet slightly bitterness and a lingering alcohol presence, flavors become more pronounced as it warms up. Overall a good ale to sip on cold winter nights
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with a white head. Smells of dark red fruits and alcohol. Tastes of potent sweet red berries and a mild bitterness. Mostly unrefined sweetness. Finishes dry. Not a fan.
saxo (14447) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ YNWA. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are sweet plums, raisins, burnt caramel, malt and hops. Syropy mouthfeel.
madvike (3054) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 9.7oz from two vintages, 2006 and 1996. 2006 rated - Pours opaque mahogany with a thin tan head. Sweet toffee on the nose, buttery and malty, with a touch of heat and a bit of raisin. Taste is lots of raisins, sweet caramel, dark bread malt, cocoa. Bitter roasty, malty bite on the finish, surprisingly, with a smooth toffee long finish. Slick and a bit thin, and very little carbonation. 1996 is way different--nose is a dead ringer for crystallized honey, and the taste is much more cardboardy and plasticy. Definitely liked this one with less age on it.
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber-brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is cedar, fruity esters, cookie and bread malt, and earthy hops. Flavor is cedar, fruity esters, cookie malt, light hops, alcohol spice, and a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
wlajwl (4341) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt sweetness with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Decently complex, a solid barley wine.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 6/10/2011.This barley wine pours a medium amber color from a 275ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, caramel and bready. A medium bodied barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel and bready. The hops are herbal. There is some oxidation, but not too bad. It’s kind of weird how a little oxidation in a Barleywine is NOT a bad thing. Nice carbonation. Fairly smooth tasting, hint of oxidation and alcohol at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
tommann (2979) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle at 8.1%. Pours a deep orange with a large head. Aroma is molasses and sticky figs. Taste has figs to start and some orange and molasses in the finish. Some alcohol on the finish.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle split with mcberko. Pours deep orange/brown with no head. Aroma of cherries, candied apples, plum, caramel. Flavour of candied apples, a little spice, plum, caramel. Very smooth and also medium bodied and leaves a pleasant warming sensation. Would benefit from being a little more complex - flavour.
mcberko (8544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours transparent dark golden orange with almost no head. Aroma of maple syrup, heaps of caramel, brandy-like liqueur and a slight boozy quality. Flavour is quite sweet, with brandy, caramel and quite potent hops that come in toward the end. Quite nice, but not as complex or robust as the best of barley wines.