fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - SEP 22, 2001
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[This bottle was stored in my cellar for 3 1/2 years] We expected more from this very strong ale; they should improve the malt flavor and reduce the unusual aromas and uneven flavors.
’Copper amber colour, a bit cloudy (there’s a lot of yeast in the bottle). Strong aroma, of malt and tar (?). Little carbonation. Rich, medium-dry; it lacks of true malt and hop flavors; a hint of liquorice. Strong and bitter final, quite long’.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2000
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Raw malty flavours. Some astringency. Not up to this brewer’s normally fine standards. One the other hand, it does boast some of the year’s best packaging.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Ale Atlanta
fmber, biq sweet malt aroma, rich malt flavor, slight sweetness, just a hint of bitterness in the finish, sliqhtly alcoholic, subpurb english barleywine
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(1996 vintage in 2005):
Very sweet toffee/caramel malts and citrusy hops swarm the nostrils, remnants of a past wealth and liveliness. The flat and marshy appearance though betrays them and predict a barley wine past its prime.
Yeasty bitterness and sweet fruitiness attempt to create interest, but the body is too flat for them to hang on to something. Caramel malts are there of course, but seem disconcerted at the way things have gone downhill.
A bodybuilder which hasn’t trained at all for years is an intriguing example of flab.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting a nice full tasting Barleywine. What I got instead was a decent tasting low carbination ale. Decent tasting, but not typical of a barleywine.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Totally opaque murky weird yellowish brown, no head at all. Obviously bottle-conditioned. Citric (pineapple, lemon) and floral aroma, buttery caramel bread and mostly lemon cake components. No surprises at all on the tongue, it tastes exactly what it smells, lemon cake and pumpkin seeds. Sour doughy yeast lends oxidation notes in the finish. Thin body is completely still and lifeless. Uninteresting first Ipswich experience I fear though this bottle had obviously suffered from its 9 years.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Caramel, chocolate, lemon-citrus and pears in a muddled and jumbled aroma. Murky, muddy tan appearance almost like iced tea with milk. Very strong earthy, organic, vegetal and sugary flavour with plenty of apparent alcohol and an overwhelming taste of cardboard. Strong alcohol warming. Flat and heavy in the mouth. Obviously past it’s prime. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel sweetness in the nose with vonous hints and honey notes. Mild smokiness. Mildly transparent ruby reddish color with a small to no head. There is lots of yeast sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Start is mildly sweet and mildly vinous with some roastiness in the middle. Caramel maltiness in the finish with a small hop kick. A pretty forgettable barleywine. The bottle is pretty cool, though, so I will increase the appearance +1
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy in appearance. Aroma of alcohol and malt. Taste of malt and maybe oak or some sort of barrel aging or maybe a spice, I don’t know. What I do know is I don’t like it very much and I probably won’t pass one of these across my lips again.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delicious caramel, winey nose. Big murky caramel body. Tons of gross yeast everywhere. This bottle has got to be 7 or 8 years old by now...Buttery, woody, caramel, toffee, cherry, vanilla, the usual. I agree that this isnt as over the top and exaggerated as othe BW's, but still there is nothing much here to enjoy. All butter and cookies and crisco. Thanks anyways.