TorbenJensen (179) - Valby, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This English inspired barley wine has a great delicate aroma of dark caramel, toasted brown sugar and dried fruits (raisins, prunes and figs). The taste is full and comprehensive and varies most of the aforementioned dried fruits with subsequent nice transition to dark toffee. The sweetness is also slightly sugary and in the transition between malt fullness and bitterness tasted a little cocoa, nuts and dark rye bread. To call it English-inspired is probably a bit ’overkill’, the British barley wines are often simpler and less tasty than this. I would dare to say that it is a typical American barley wine where everything is overdosed and limits to the level where it becomes almost too much. It is a very robust and complex barley wine, and fortunately its alcohol is well hidden by the heavy fruit and sugar it contains. Thus, the overall impression one malty and fruty ale which surely will fit nicely to any dessert or to a social event, in front of the fireplace. Excellent barley wine, but in my opinion had that would not tone down the sweetness a bit without it would lose.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Nutty, caramel, a little toasty, toffee, and some dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden.
Advocate_Ames (502) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a reddish color to it. The head retention is nice but fades to hug my glass and left a fine layer of foam. The aroma is of sweet buttery toffee, some vanilla, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, and a good malted grain character. In tasting I noticed a mild bitterness that lingers. I picked up on a blend of sugary malts, some pleasant hop bitterness, booze, and a touch of dark fruit. Overall this beverage had nice body and a balance of flavors.
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with grainy notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with some cereal and grainy notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Glad somebody tried to do a barleywine that is not reliant on hops or huge amount of residual sugars. Malt base could be refined but still an enjoyable beer.
Theydon_Bois (12595) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during RBWG Booze Buse 20/02/15 thanks to whomever supplied this juan.
Chestnut brown with moderate beige edgeing.
Nose is vanilla, nutty, dark fruit rinds, red grapefruit, caramel.
Taste comprises sticky toffee pudding, dates, dark fruit peel, malt notes.
Medium +, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light booze strokes.
Ok barley wine, easy drinker, lacks a little depth though.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour, cream colored head. Pretty sweet up front, brown sugar, caramel. Good American style BW.
gunnfryd (12307) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fonefan 251014. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, sugar, dried fruits. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, caramel, alcohol, sugar, dried fruits. Full body. Nice beer.
oqnid (102) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
21 mars '15
-->Barleywine brune, 10.5%, 350ml
-couleur cola aux reflets cuivrés; mousse fine et disparate
-nez figue, mélasse, toffee, nougat
-entrée grasse (liquoreuse); sucrée
-sucre à la crème, beurre (toffee)
-ronde (visqueuse), astringente
-finale raisins secs, mélasse, caramel; riche et amère
Co=4 Arô=3.5 Am=2.5 Su=3.5 Arr-g=2.5 Ac=.5
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SuperTiti33 (764) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune foncé. Peu de collet beige. Nez: Caramel. Toffee. Chocolat. Fudge. Figue. Banane. Nougat. Vanille. Bouche: riche. Très sucré. Liquoreuse presque huileuse. Grasse. Sucre à crème. Fruité. Banane. Figue. Fruit sec. Mélasse. Sirop d'érable. Sucre d'orge. Nougat au noix. Très bien.
jkwood04 (4673) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle in a stem glass. Pours brown/copper with a beige head. Aroma of toffee and caramel, some bitter hops, hints of dark fruits, and some notes of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smoother texture. A pretty good barley wine.