Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, classic English barley-wine character. Decently boozy. Overall a very nice beer. Would love to try the BA version!
mstrcrwly (697) - New York, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle poured into a snifter..rusty brown with an off white head..aroma of
caramel,toffee,brown sugar,booze..tastes of toffee,caramel,dark fruits..just ok
drowland (7055) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/20/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Dark fruits in the aroma, toffee, bread pudding, citrus hoppiness. Light bitterness, sweetness, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Not bad.
drfabulous (4912) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle. Dark brown pour with head that quickly vanishes. Brown sugar. Hops. Caramel. Dried fruit. Very nicely done.Not very boozy.
Eructoblaster (3395) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 375ml. Hazy brown body with a fading, off-white bubbly head. Good malty aroma with brown sugar and fruity hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its well balanced malty taste carries hoppy, caramel, woody, and some subtle plummy notes. Here again, alcohol is not agressive at all. Ends with a moderately warming, bittersweet finish. Good stuff, but not among my favorite barley wines.
BeerBunker (940) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours rusty brown with a tan head. Nice head retention. Aroma is of malt, sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. There is also a strong alcohol presence in the aroma. Taste has a sharp alcohol bite to it. There is also malt, caramel, and some dark fruit. Underlying sugary taste. Lingering grassy taste. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Slighty sticky. Body is medium. Drinks very easy. The flavors are Slighty muted. It’s not terrible, but it’s nothing special.
TorbenJensen (784) - 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 (9940) - 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 (512) - 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 (5198) - 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.